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NYSSBA - State Legislative Network Issues Conference - Albany
Date: March 2 - 4, 2008

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Albany Marriott
189 Wolf Rd
Albany, NY 12205

Contact: NYSSBA
Phone: (518) 783-0200
 Two Steps Forward- Doug Adams

Stand up and be heard!
Join us for the


2008 SLN Issues Conference
Resources + Rigor = Results

Online Registration Closed, Please Register on Site. Thank You.

Help us make this equation a reality.

Learn what’s in store and why your voice in Albany is vital to your school district’s future. Your district can not afford for you to miss this vital statewide lobbying effort.Here’s a glimpse of the sessions you’ll attend.

Sunday, March 2

2:00 - 6:30


4:15 - 5:00 

Timothy G. Kremer, NYSSBA Executive Director
Charge to Attendees
David A. Little, Esq., NYSSBA Director of Governmental Relations

5:30 - 6:30
6:30 - 8:30
Welcoming Remarks and Presentation of Awards Wayne Schlifke, NYSSBA President


Legislators of the Year: Senator Elizabeth O’C Little Chair, Senate Local Government Committee Assemblymember Catherine Nolan Chair, Assembly Education Committee

  Freshmen of the Year: Senator Joseph A. Griffo Assemblymember Stephen Hawley
  Advocate of the Year: Jane A. Lawson Vice President, Dundee Central School District

Monday, March 3

7:30 - 1:30

7:30 - 8:45
Buffet Breakfast
8:00 - 8:15
Laura Anglin, NYS Director of the Budget
8:15 - 8:45
Hon. Thomas P. DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller
9:00 - 10:15
The Unfinished Business of State Aid Reform
Regent James C. Dawson-Member Board of Regents Sub-committee on State Aid
Dr. Richard G. Timbs- Executive Director, Statewide School Finance Consortium (Formerly Mid-State)
Gary D. Bixhorn – Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Frank Mauro-Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute
10:15 - 11:00
Senator Stephen M. Saland, Chair, NYS Senate Education Committee

11:00 - 11:30

Senator Joseph L. Bruno, NYS Senate Majority Leader

11:30 - 12:00
Shedding Light on our State Government
Blair Horner, Special Adviser on Policy and Public Integrity to State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo
12 noon 
12:15 - 12:45 
Nanuet High School Jazz Band, Walter Miller, Director
12:45 - 1:30
Hon. Thomas Suozzi – Nassau County Executive and Chair, New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief
1:45 - 3:00
Capping the Right Bottle: Cost Containment for Schools
Edmund J. McMahon – Director, Empire Center for NYS Policy
Elizabeth Lynam- Deputy Research Director, Citizens Budget Commission
Douglas L. Adams – Financial Planner, Property Tax Reform Task Force
3:00 - 3:15
3:15 - 4:15
Taking Charge in Changing Times
Dr. Thomas L. Rogers, Executive Director, NYS Council of School Superintendents
Timothy G. Kremer, Executive Director, NYS School Boards Association
4:15 - 5:00
Effective Student Testing:  The Right Questions, Timely Results
Jeffrey Crane- Superintendent, West Irondequoit School District
Patrick McCue- Principal, Irondequoit High School
SLN Town Meeting
Your opportunity to ask questions on legislative issues, strategies and lobbying tips with the NYSSBA Governmental Relations Staff.
  Housekeeping and Announcements
Tuesday, March 4th
Buffet Breakfast
Buses Depart for Capitol from Side Entrance of Albany Marriott
9:30 - 2:00
Lobby Appointments
Return Buses- Depart from Empire State Plaza-Madison Avenue Entrance
12:00 noon
Buses Depart for Marriot
Last Bus Departs for Albany Marriott

Coat Room

The Coat Room will be located in Hearing Room A on the second floor of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) and will be open from 8:00am until 3:00pm.  The LOB is located at the far end of the concourse from the drop off point.  Refreshments will be available.

**Please allow plenty of time to go through security and to walk from the drop off point (near the state museum) to the coat room when attending appointments on Tuesday morning.  Please do not bring pocket knives, scissors, or other sharp objects to the Capitol.


Please be courteous to your fellow participants

*Turn off your cell phone during conference sessions.
*Return telephone calls only during breaks.
*Please give student performers the respect of your attention during performances.

Please return all unused legislator packets to the coat room so that they can be distributed to other legislators.

Cancellations will not be refunded after the pre-registration/cancellation deadline for the date you have chosen. No-shows will be billed.

Rooms are available in the NYSSBA State Legislative Network Issues Conference block at the Albany Marriott until February 17, 2008. After that date reservations will be taken on an availability basis. Call the Marriott direct at (518) 458-8444.

For more information: contact Christine Decatur of NYSSBA’s Governmental Relations Department at (800) 342-3360 or (518) 783-0200, or via email at

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