AAEA President Norris McDonald attended the 2015 conference and met with numerous members of of the New York State Legislature and the New York State Office of the State Comptroller. This was the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc., 44th Annual Legislative Conference.
|Norris McDonald at Hilton Albany Grand Ballroom|
The theme of the 2015 Legislative Conference was "United We Stand: Labor, Civil Rights and Social Justice," which focuses on the diverse history of our workforce and the social, economic, and civil rights issues that played a role in defining today's workplace. Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes is the Chairwoman of the Association.
The Association is a nonprofit organization that brings together New York State's elected officials of color to raise funds toward college scholarships for graduating high school students of color in members' districts. Many of the Association's members are also part of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus - an official caucus within the state legislature that participates in the legislative and budgetary processes.
|Carl Heastie, Speaker of the NYS Assembly|
|Assemblyman Charles Barron,& NY City Councilwoman Inez Barron|
|Assemblyman Michael Blake (Bronx)|
While attending the conference, McDonald visited offices of Senate and Assembly members to discuss energy and environmental issues. He met with New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in his office. McDonald also discussed environmental justice issues with other members of the legislature at various events during the conference.
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli sponsored the 8th Annual Emerging Manager & MWBE Conference as part of the Caucus Weekend Conference. The purpose of the Emerging Manager Program is to help the New York State Common Retirement Fund to access the next generation of talent in the investment field.
|NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli|
|Chief Investment Officer|
Vicky Fuller (Common Retirement Fund
McDonald participated in many Caucus meetings, summits, panels, break-out sessions and receptions. The New York Urban League reception was particularly interesting and their President and CEO Arva Rice provided a very good description of the organization's mission, goals and accomplishments.
|Arva Rice, President & CEO, NY Urban League|