Lobbying and Advocacy

Credit unions of all sizes are under constant attack from others in the financial services industry. Large, medium, small—all types of charters join with each other and with the Credit Union Association of New York’s professional lobbying staff to advocate on issues. Educating your lawmakers on the value of your credit union to their constituents—your members—is essential work, regardless of size or charter.

The Association’s state and federal legislative agenda supports legislation to help your credit union remain tax-exempt and continue to serve members and your communities with the products and services they need.

The Governmental Affairs page of www.cuany.org contains a wealth of information on current legislative issues affecting your credit union, along with information on how your credit union can get involved and help the movement. Please visit the page to learn about the Association’s Governmental Affairs department.

There are plenty of opportunities for credit unions of all sizes to be involved in advocacy. Throughout the year the Association and CUNA sponsor many programs that make it easy for small credit unions to make a difference.

A simple way to get involved is to participate in Project Zip Code (PZC), a key lobbying tool for both the Association and CUNA.  PZC is a free, user-friendly computer program designed by CUNA that counts your members and matches them by congressional district, state legislative district and county.  PZC is compliant with the privacy laws created in Gramm Leach Bliley. 

In addition to advocacy, your credit union may also use Project Zip Code information for internal marketing purposes like examining the feasibility of shared branching or determining the best locations for branch expansion and ATM services, based on the geographic concentration of membership.