IBANYS Heading To Washington, D.C. Next Week For Key Meetings

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"According to congressional staffers, in-person visits from constituents are the most influential way to communicate with a Senator or Representative who is undecided on an issue. "

April 19, 2015

Next week, members and leadership of the Independent Bankers Association of New York State (IBANYS) will travel to Washington, D.C. for ICBA's 2016 Washington Policy Summit. The Summit includes two days of meetings, including visits with Members of New York's Congressional Delegation on the hill. We're scheduled to meet with Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand's senior financial services advisor, and a number of key House Members -- including two senior members of the Financial Services Committee: Reps. Peter King (R-L.I.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NYC). 

We'll be advocating for the community banking industry's top issues and priorities proposed in  ICBA's "Plan for Prosperity" Capital Access and Regulatory Relief Program, which  IBANYS has endorsed. 
Please click here to read the 2016 issues lobbying card we will be using. 

We will also continue to "spread the news" of how New York community banks are the lifeblood of New York's economy and communities, in rural areas, the suburbs and big city neighborhoods. We'll share these facts:

 Number of community banks operating in state: 
Number of community bank branches located in state: 
Total deposits at community bank branches in state: 
$135.5 billion 
Community bank share of institutions 
Community bank share of in-state branches: 
Community bank share of in-state deposits: 
Average community bank asset size: 
$1,674 million 
Total full-time employees: 
Average full-time employees: 


We will also reiterate how Governor Cuomo and then State Financial Services Superintendent Lawsky cited the importance of New York community banks and noted our contributions and our value in the NYS Department of Financial Services Report on Community Banking. 

As is the case in Albany and back home in the districts, personal advocacy by community bankers has a major impact on our legislators in Washington. We urge you to reach out to your congressional and state legislative representatives on a regular basis to make your voice heard! As always, thanks for your participation and support.

Stephen W. Rice
Director of Government Relations & Communications
Independent Bankers Association of New York State