Our Advocacy

As a central part of our advocacy efforts, we value our ability to amplify the student voice by communicating our experiences to representatives. SUNY SA makes students better advocates by providing the tools to successfully make our voices heard. Below we have provided a list of state representatives for each SUNY Institution along with advocacy tips. 

Advocacy Tips 

  • Try to stick to one typewritten page, two pages at most. Don't write on the back of a page. If writing longhand, take care to write legibly.

  • Use your own words and your own stationery. A personal letter is better than a form letter.

  • In a short first paragraph, state your purpose. Stick with one subject or issue. Support your position with the rest of the letter.

  • If a bill is a subject, cite it by both name and number. Try not to use acronyms or clichés.

  • Be factual and support your position with information about how legislation is likely to affect you and others. Avoid emotional, philosophical arguments.

  • If you believe that legislation is wrong and should be opposed, say so. Indicate the likely adverse effects and suggest a better approach.

  • Ask the legislator's views, but do not demand support. Remember that the Senator and Representative respond to a variety of views, and even if your position is not supported on one issue or bill now, it may be the next time.

  • Be sure to include your address and sign your name legibly. You should also include your telephone number. If you have any family, business, or political connection in regard to this issue, explain it. It may serve as an identification when your point of view is considered.

  • Write also about legislation of which you approve. Legislators hear mostly from constituents who are against something; this gives them a one-sided picture of their constituency. A note of appreciation will make your legislator remember you favorably next time you write.

  • Write early in the session before a bill has been introduced if you have some ideas that you would like to see included in legislation. If you are "lobbying" for or against a bill and your legislator is a member of the Committee to which it has been referred, write when the Committee begins hearings. If you legislator is not a member of the Committee handling the bill, write just before the bill is scheduled to come to the floor for debate and vote.

Advocacy Tool Kit  

 

SUNY INSTITUTION

 

SUNY Adirondack

SUNY Albany

SUNY Alfred

SUNY Alfred State

SUNY Binghamton

SUNY Brockport

SUNY Broome CC

SUNY Buffalo

SUNY Buffalo State

SUNY Canton

SUNY Cayuga CC

SUNY Clinton CC

SUNY Cobleskill

SUNY Columbia Greene CC

Cornell University

SUNY Corning CC

SUNY Cortland

SUNY Delhi

SUNY Downstate

SUNY Dutchess CC

SUNY Empire

SUNY ESF

SUNY Erie

SUNY Farmingdale

SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology

SUNY Fingerlakes CC

SUNY Fredonia

Fulton-Montgomery CC

Genesee CC

Geneseo

Herkimer

Hudson Valley CC

Jamestown CC

Jefferson

Maritime

Mohawk Valley CC

Monroe CC

Morrisville

Nassau CC

New Paltz

Niagara CC

North Country CC

Old Westbury

Oneonta

Onondaga

College of Optometry

Orange CC

Oswego

Plattsburgh

Potsdam

Purchase

Rockland CC

Schenectady CC

Stony Brook

Suffolk CC

Sullivan

Polytech Institute

Tompkins Cortland CC

Ulster CC

Upstate Medical University

Westchester CC

 

ASSEMBLY MEMBER

Dan Stec (114th)

Patricia Fahy (109th)

Joseph Giglio (148th)

Joseph Giglio (148th)

Donna Lupardo (123rd)

Stephen Hawley (139)

Joe Angelino (122nd)

Karen McMahon (146)

Crystal Peoples-Stokes (141)

Mark Walczyk (116)

Brian Manktelow (130)

D. Billy Jones (115)

Barbara Lifton (125)

Chris Tague (102)

Philip Palmesano (132)

Phil Palmesano (132)

Anna Kelles (125)

Brian D. Miller (101)

Diane Richardson (43)

Didi Barrett (106)

Carrie Woerner (113)

William Magnarelli (129)

Crystal Peoples-Stokes (141)

Steve Stern (10)

Richard Gottfried (75)

Brian M. Kolb (131)

Andy Goodell (150)

Robert Smullen (118)

Stephen Hawley (139)

Anna Kelles (125)

Robert Smullen (118)

Didi Barrett (106)

Andy Goodell (150)

Mark Walczyk (116)

Michael Benedetto (082)

Marianne Buttenschon (119)

Harry Bronson (138)

Colin Schmitt (99)

Edward Ra (19)

Kevin Cahill (103)

Angelo Morinello (145)

D. Billy Jones (115)

Michael Montesano (15)

John Salka (121)

Richard Gottfried (129)

Richard Gottfried (75)

Aileen Gunther (100)

Brian Manktelow (130)

D. Billy Jones (115)

Mark Walczyk (116)

Clyde Vanel (33)

Ken Zebrowski (96)

Angelo Santabarbara (111)

Steve Englebright (4)

Doug Smith (5)

Aileen Gunther (100)

Marianne Buttenschon (119)

Barbara Lifton (125)

Kevin Cahill (103)

Pamela Hunter (128)

Thomas Abinanti (92)

STATE SENATOR 

Betty Little (45th)

Neil Breslin (44th)

George Borrello (57th)

George Borrello (57th)

Fred Akshar (52nd)

Robert Ortt (62nd)

Fred Askshar (52nd)

Edward Rath III (61)

Sean Ryan (60)

Patty Ritchie (48)

John Mannion (50)

Daniel Stec (45)

Peter Oberacker (51)

Daphne Jordan(43)

Thomas O’Mara (58)

Thomas O’Mara (58)

Peter Oberacker (51)

Mike Martucci (42)

Zellnor Myrie (20)

Sue Serino (41)

Daphne Jordan (43)

Rachel May (53)

Edward Rath (61)

Mario Mattera (2)

Brad Hoylman (27)

Pamela Helming (54)

George Borrello (57)

Michelle Hinchey (46)

Edward Rath (61)

Patrick Gallivan (59)

Peter Oberacker (51)

Neil Breslin (44)

George Borrello (57)

Patty Ritchie (48)

Alessandra Biaggi (34)

Joseph Griffo (47)

Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35)

Rachel May (53)

Kevin Thomas (6)

Mike Martucci (42)

Robert Ortt (62)

Daniel Stec (45)

Anna Kaplan (7)

Peter Oberacker (51)

John Mannion (50)

Brad Hoylman (27)

Mike Martucci (42)

Patty Ritchie (48)

Daniel Stec (45)

Joseph Griffo (47)

Shelley Mayer (37)

Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (38)

James Tedisco (49)

Mario Mattera (2)

Mario Mattera (2)

Mike Martucci (42)

Joseph Griffo (47)

Peter Oberacker (51)

Michelle Hinchey (46)

Rachel May (53)

Peter Harckham (40)

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