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NYSPA Annual Convention- Important Update on Behalf of the Executive Committee

Monday, April 29, 2019  
Dear NYSPA members,
 
As your President, I was elected to be a good steward of NYSPA.  As many of you know, we are coming off a tumultuous year that had significant financial consequences.  After careful consideration, the Executive Committee has decided that we should postpone the annual convention for this year.  This decision was not made lightly, and we want to personally thank the Convention Committee, chaired by Deena Abbe, for the tireless hours they put into the planning of the convention.  We also recognize central office and Lori Cote for their hard work in supporting the convention.  We would like to acknowledge all of our members who stepped forward by agreeing to present, by supporting the convention through sponsorships, or were planning on attending.  Their willingness to participate should be commended.

Even without the convention, the work of NYSPA continues.  Our legislative agenda and voice will still be heard as Lobby Day is in Albany on May 6-7 and I encourage all to join us.  In addition, we have a full calendar of NYSPA sponsored events over the next several months.  Most importantly, we are now embarking on a new path in the history of this great organization.  We are hiring an association management firm which will be able to not only provide the kinds of administrative support that we need, but also can provide expertise in how to create an even more effective organization.  We look forward to their ideas and guidance. 

While no cancellation is welcomed, we will use this as an opportunity to ensure that NYSPA is on solid financial ground and is able to sustain itself in a prudent manner.  As we look forward to next year, NYSPA’s 100th anniversary, we will have much to celebrate as we value the past and look toward the future.

Sincerely,
Alan Hack, Ph.D.
NYSPA President
Moving Forward Together