In the wee hours of the morning last Friday, the New York State Legislature passed the budget for 2016-2017. They passed it late and with little or no time to review it before voting.  It’s not the way budgets should get passed, but in New York it seems to be the pattern.

This budget has long term implications to the merit shop community and taxpayers in general. There are items that impact our industry, both good and bad. It’s our duty to compress the more than 10,000 pages into a short presentation that helps you get the information you need.

ABC, Empire State Chapter President Brian Sampson and our Director of Government Affairs, Josh Reap, will be coming to your community next week to provide a recap of the budget and specifically how it effects the merit shop. You can find the schedule below.

April 11 Long Island @ 8:30 am. 1 Comac Loop #4 Ronkonkoma, NY (ABC office) 
               Poughkeepsie @ 3:30 pm. (Location TBD)
April 12 Albany @ 8:30 am. 878 Old Albany Shaker Rd Latham, NY (ABC office)
               Binghamton @ 3:30 pm. Southern Tier Insulations 3150 Buckingham Rd. Endwell, NY
April 14 Buffalo @ 8:30 am. 2363 Broadway Sloan, NY (ABC office)              
               Rochester @3:30 pm. 2672 W. Ridge Rd Rochester, NY (ABC office)
April 15 Syracuse @ 8:30 am. 6369 Collamer Rd East Syracuse, NY (ABC office)

There is a great deal to cover and we encourage you, or someone from your office, to attend.  The information you will receive will be vital in the coming months as the changes take effect.  Please RSVP to Cynthia at or with your regional staff by replying to this email that you will attend.