Spring 2018 has been an exciting time for the campaign to expand end-of-life options in New York State!

Hello from the Lower Hudson Valley in beautiful May.

The below spring update from NYS Campaign Director Corinne Carey summarizes all the swirling activity around New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act.

A recent highlight for your LHV team leaders Laura Kelly and Stacey Gibson was the opportunity on May 3 to voice our support for the bill in front of the New York State Assembly Health Committee (led by the resolute committee chair Dick Gottfried (D-Manhattan) and Assemblymember/bill sponsor Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale). Both Laura and Stacey told the stories of their loved ones’ unfortunate last days in a succinct 5 minutes. You can watch their testimonies in the links below (go to the May 3 section of this bulletin).

It’s still (unfortunately) going to be a long battle to get this law passed, but if you listen to the testifiers you’ll see that right and might are on our side. We appreciate your continued support. Onwards and upwards!

Recent highlights and some next steps for the readers of this bulletin:

  • The Latino Commission on AIDS and the New York State League of Women Voters both came out in support of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act.

  • Advocates from all four regional, statewide, and national groups came together to form the New York Alliance for Medical Aid in Dying. You can read about it here.

  • Compassion & Choices New York tabled at the SOMOS El Futuro conference in Albany, answering questions about end-of-life options and talking to conference-goers about the Medical Aid in Dying Act.

Nancy Murphy, a New Yorker whose sister used Vermont’s medical #aidindying law, testifies on May 3 in favor of authorizing the practice in New York #NYCantWait

But this Spring’s highlight was the fact that the New York State Assembly Health Committee held two hearings on the Medical Aid in Dying Act, A2383a/S3151a this Spring. The first hearing was held in Albany on April 23; the second in NYC on May 3. The Committee heard 74 people testify – 48 in favor and 26 opposed – over 14 hours.

You can watch video of both hearings here: http://nyassembly.gov/av/ hearings/  The video is easy to navigate; you can scroll through to find the person you want to see testify. There’s a box underneath the video that shows the order in which people appeared at each hearing, and if you click on that person’s name, you’ll be taken to that segment of the video. You can review some of the highlights from each day’s testimony below.

We were pleasantly surprised by news of the release of a Quinnipiac poll on May 3, the day of the second hearing, that showed that 63% of New York voters support “allowing doctors to legally prescribe lethal drugs to help terminally ill patients end their own lives.” Only 29% were opposed. The poll also showed that non-white voters support the idea by a 15-point margin: 54% – 39%.

The hearings garnered positive coverage, including pieces from the Albany Times Union and editorials in favor of the bill issued by the Middletown Record and the Oneonta Daily Star. Other coverage focused on the opposition from MSSNY and people living with disabilities.

Next Steps for You

The hearings held by the NYS Assembly Health Committee elevated to a new level the issue of expanding end-of-life choices to allow for medical aid in dying. Lawmakers are having discussions amongst themselves about this issue, and the next step for the legislation would be a vote of the NYS Assembly Health Committee on the bill. This can’t happen without your help.

The legislative session ends on June 20, and we need those who support this bill to help us grow support, particularly in places like New York City, Long Island, and Buffalo. There are three things that you can do right now to help us move the bill in the legislature:

  1. If you haven’t already sent a message to your elected representatives in Albany, please do so right now. You can use this link to send a personalize message today: https://www. compassionandchoices.org/new- york/tell-the-legislature/ You’ll need to provide your address on the page so that the program knows which Assemblymember and which Senator to send your note to.
  2. If you have the time to make a phone call today, you can look up the people who represent you in Albany and call them. Click on this link: http://www.elections.ny.gov/ district-map/district-map.html After entering your address and hitting “go,” select NYS Senate to find your Senator, and NYS Assembly to find your Assemblyperson. Each of those representatives should have a webpage that you can click on to find their district office phone number. Call them and tell them that you support the Medical Aid in Dying Act, A.2383/S.3151.
  3. In-person meetings with your representatives in your own home town are the most important way that you can let them know that you support this measure. If you haven’t yet met with your Assemblymember or your Senator to let them know that you want them to pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act, please get in touch with us and we’ll match you with a group and help you set up a meeting. Email NY@compassionandchoices.org today to find out how to get involved with a meeting in your hometown!

This summer, our campaign will be in Buffalo, Brooklyn, Long Island, and several other communities throughout the state at street fairs and events to talk to voters about their support for the Medical Aid in Dying Act. If you’d like to get involved in your own area, or join us at one of our already-scheduled events, please email us at NY@compassionandchoices.org.

If you want to plan an activity in your own area, we have plenty of materials and experience to share with you! If you have an idea for a canvassing or signature-gathering event, or a table at your own local fair or event, we can talk with you about your idea, and ship you an Advocacy Toolkit so that you can run an event yourself. Contact us at NY@compassionandchoices.org to find out more.

You can also follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ CompassionandChoicesNewYork/

We look forward to seeing you this summer, and working with you to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the full range of choices at the end of life, including access to medical aid in dying.

Below are some highlights from some of those who testified in support of the bill on April 23 in Albany.

Check out all the yellow shirts as the April 23, 2018 hearings got underway at the Legislative Office Building in Albany! Dozens of New Yorkers told the legislature that #NYCantWait for #AidinDying

>>Dr. Diana Barnard from Vermont was the first to testify on April 23 in Albany, and she described her experience as a provider in Vermont, and the 40+ combined years of evidence over the 8 jurisdictions that now authorize medical aid in dying.

>>Dr. Omega Silva, an 81-year-old retired physician living in Washington, D.C. with three cancer diagnoses who taught and practiced medicine in D.C. for 50 years, served as the first woman president of the Howard University Medical Alumni Association and was former president of the American Medical Women’s Association, traveled 14 hours to Albany to tell lawmakers how the instinct to add more safeguards to a bill that already has enough has resulted in no one being able to use the law in DC.

>>Former Republican Assemblymember Janet Duprey addressed the Committee and spoke of her own parents’ deaths. She said: “it took eleven agonizing days as my family and I watched our mother and grandmother starve to death.  When the end finally came my daughter and I were holding her hands. I can tell you from experience, forcing a person and their loved ones to live through that kind of torture isn’t something we should be proud of as a society.  I hope none of you ever have to go through it. To this day I still miss my parents. I am not going to presume that my Dad a devout Irish Catholic or my Mom an equally devote Methodist would have chosen to ask for medical aid in dying at the end.  But I am certain that they should have had the ability to choose their own destiny, and I want the ability to choose my own destiny.” You can read an opinion piece that Assemblymember Duprey authored on this topic here.

>>Dr. Christopher Riddle, an ethicist and disability rights advocate from Utica, testified that denying access to aid in dying because we fear the risk that it poses to people living with disability actually demeans and infantilizes people with disabilities.  He said, “if we want to promote dignity and respect for the disabled, I suggest it is of utmost importance that we do not allow opposition to assisted dying to deny basic autonomy rights at the end of life.”

>>Disability right advocate Gene Hughes echoed this theme when he talked about his own desire for autonomy and independent living, and how he and others living with disabilities deserve to make their own decisions about dying as they are about the lives the live.

>>Two women living with terminal illness brought the room to tears, and also laughter. Bernadette Hoppe and Susan Rahn both did media before and after the hearing, you can see two great stories about Bernadette from Spectrum News and the Buffalo Law Journal. Bill sponsor, Assemblymember Amy Paulin featured Susan’s testimony on her Facebook page here. Susan was also featured in an excellent article on this subject earlier in our campaign in the Rochester City paper.

>>Scott Barraco from Rochester testified about the horrific death his girlfriend Cathy suffered and said “People not only suffer terrible deaths against their wishes, they suffer the anticipation of it. Cathy was robbed of her ability to plan and make decisions about her death in the same way she did for her life.” Barraco’s story was featured in a piece run on Spectrum News after the hearing (you can view it here:  http://spectrumlocalnews.com/ nys/capital-region/news/2018/ 04/16/new-alliance-for- medical-aid-in-dying- legislation), and his story has resonated with people far beyond the bounds of New York State.

>>Dr. Bob Milch, an internationally-recognized palliative care specialist and founder of hospice in Western New York and Dr. Jay Federman, a Saranac Lake-based family doctor and Medical Director for the Tri-Lakes division of High Peaks Hospice, both delivered strong testimony in favor of the bill. Dr. Federman testified that aid in dying would not be an alternative to palliative care but instead would represent “one component of end-of-life” care. The Oneonta Star was persuaded by this, and issued a strong editorial in favor of the bill on May 5.

>>Two women from Ithaca told two stories that began with the diagnosis of a loved one with cancer, but ended in dramatically different ways. Myra Shulman talked about the peaceful death of her mother under California’s End of Life Option Act, and Laurene Gilbert told the committee about how her husband, because he lived in New York without access to aid in dying, suffered, tried to take his own life, and died days later in a coma, not a death he deserved.

>>Barbara Thomas represented the League of Women Voters, which recently came out in support of the legislation after a year-long deliberative process among all of the state’s local chapters. Barb serves as the League’s specialist on this issue in part because of the experience she had with her husband, who suffered tremendously at the end of life and begged her for help to die.

>>Janet Green from Poughkeepsie testified before the committee in remembrance of her best friend and partner of 26 years, Harry, whose pain medication never fully alleviated his pain. Harry begged for help to die. “I feel a sense of peace,” Janet said, “knowing that when the New York State legislature finally adopts the Medical Aid in Dying Act, they will be helping me to honor Harry’s memory, and prevent needless suffering for others like us.”

>>Reverend Doctor Richard Gilbert testified late in the day, and summarized many of the arguments for authorizing medical aid in dying. He spoke most eloquently about the hundreds of deaths he’s attended, distinguishing suicide — characterized by pain, despair, and anguish, with medical aid in dying, the right to die with dignity, “the last right of a human being.” He concluded, “the greatest reverence for life is to end human suffering.”

Testifying against the bill at the April 23 hearing were: Dr. Sally White who talked about how pain and suffering are a part of life and cannot be avoided; disability rights advocates from the group Not Dead Yet; and Kristen Hanson, the wife of recently-deceased opponent and past president of the Patients Rights Action Council, JJ Hanson.

Dr. Thomas Madejski, the new president of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) also testified against the bill, citing a survey that had been designed to determine the position of it’s doctors. See MSSNY’s release here. Madejski testified that the group’s survey suggested that a majority of New York doctors oppose aid in dying. Assemblymember Paulin, the bill’s sponsor challenged MSSNY’s president on the “Survey Monkey” results, asking whether MSSNY knew how many respondents were MSSNY members, let alone doctors.

Madejski has since admitted that advocates on both sides of the issue circulated the survey to non-MSSNY members. The New York Alliance for Medical Aid in Dying responded to Dr. Madejski’s testimony with this press release, and Compassion & Choices’ African American and Latino Leadership Councils addressed the Health Committee with a letter in response. [insert link here]

Below are highlights from some of those who testified in support of the bill on May 3 in New York City.

>>3 bioethicists testified in favor, including one of the nation’s leading bioethicists from NYU, Dr. Arthur Caplan, who described how he changed his mind and dropped his opposition to aid in dying. He was featured in an article in Religion News that touched on his views on aid in dying.

>>3 family members lovingly described beautiful deaths of people who used aid in dying laws in WA & VT. You can read a bit about Nancy Murphy’s sister’s story here; Nancy lives in NY’s North Country and a snippet from her story was used in a news article several months ago. Rachel Remmel traveled to NYC from Rochester to talk about her 31-year old brother’s use the WA law–the youngest person to use it. Her brother documented his decision in very powerful blog entries that Remmel talked about. And, the room was reduced to puddles when 80-year old father Richard Friedberg broke down in tears talking about the beautiful death of his belly-dancing daughter who used Oregon’s Death with Dignity law.

>>7 physicians, including New York’s noted palliative care physician, Dr. Timothy Quill of the Supreme Court case, Vacco v. Quill; two physicians from the New York Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Sara Nosal and Dr. Heather Palladine, who spoke of their own experience, and the position of the Academy, which issued its own press release about the group’s strong support; Dr. David Pratt who’s TED talk you can see here, who found a way to weave Yogi Berra into his testimony; Dr. Sarah Egan, director of Hospice of New York; New Paltz family physician Dr. Maggie Carpenter; and retired pathologist and Long Island resident Dr. Yale Rosen, who had this piece published in 5/3’s Newsday.

>>6 people who told heart-rending stories of the deaths of loved ones who were not able to access medical aid in dying, and died in needless pain and suffering, including Jay Kallio’s girlfriend Bonnie Rose Marcus who described Jay screaming in pain in his Beth Israel hospital bed (you can see a video about Jay here); Stacey Gibson who detailed her husband Sid’s horrendous VSED death (you can read about their story here); Lindsay Wright who told of packing up and leaving NYC so that her NYU professor husband Youssef Cohen could die in Oregon (you can watch their story here); Laura Kelly, whose tough, Irish Catholic dad asked to go to VT, but was too weak to do so (see their story here); and Peggy Lang told the committee about her mom’s hellish experience in hospice, despite the promises made by the facility in it’s happy brochures.

>>The O’Connors, a couple from Red Hook, NY who told a gorgeously woven-together story about Patty’s brother who died alone, not wanting to jeopardize anyone in his family when he took his own life. Ed said: “there was only one person who asked us the natural question: ‘How did he do it?’ And the question was not asked out of morbid curiosity, but out of practicality.” He asked the committee to pass the Medical Aid in Dying Law to give his sister, a New Yorker with ovarian cancer, the peace of mind to know that she could end unbearable suffering and could do so surrounded by the love of her family.

>>New York City resident Ida Schmertz talked about her 30-year journey living with three lymphoma diagnoses and her desire for medical aid in dying when there are no more options left;

>>Representatives from the New York Civil Liberties Union (Beth Haroules), and the Latino Commission on AIDS (Guillermo Chacon) who both shared strong testimony in favor of the bill. You can read NYCLU’s testimony here. El Diario posted a great piece featuring Chacon that you can read here.

>>Our partners with our newly-formed New York Alliance for Medical Aid in Dying (which you can read about here) also testified, with 2-3 of their own supporters. Peg Sandeen was the first to appear before the committee; and David Leven and Judith Schwartz provided quality testimony in favor of the bill. With them was a terminally ill supporter Barbara Backer, as well as Columbia-based bioethicist David Hoffman.

>>Compassion & Choices’ New York Campaign Manager Amanda Cavanaugh told the very moving story of her own partner’s painful death while receiving hospice care; and Campaign Director Corinne Carey was the last person to testify, addressing two points opponents had made that hadn’t been addressed by any other testifier: the perceived flaw in the definition of terminal illness that opponents said would allow someone who was unable to afford treatment to access aid in dying; and that people of color oppose the legislation.

Testifying against the bill in New York City were several Catholic doctors; Margaret Dore of Choice is An Illusion; several NY-based advocates living with disabilities; Julie Hocker, a disability rights advocate who works for the American Conservative Union; a representative from Agudath Israel; a doctor from Montreal who spoke about Canada’s experience with aid in dying; A Nevada doctor and Catholic Church deacon, T. Brian Callister; Ed Mechmann, Director of Public Policy for the Archdiocese of New York, and several family members who spoke of premature prognoses and the valuable time spent with dying loved ones they would have been deprived of had aid-in-dying been an option.

If you weren’t able to testify in person, but you have a story to share, please let us know and we’ll be happy to talk to you about the best way to do it. 

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Updates from the New York Compassion & Choices campaign

From Corinne Carey, the campaign director for Compassion & Choices in New York:

A few important pieces of news to share:

  • On April 16, 2018, Compassion & Choices will stand with three other leaders in advancing end of life care in New York — End of Life Choices New York, Death with Dignity National Center, and Death with Dignity Albany — to announce the formation of the New York Alliance for Medical Aid in Dying. The alliance of these four groups comes as support for medical aid in dying increases among the public and in the Legislature.
  • The League of Women Voters of New York State has come out in support of medical aid in dying after a long and thoughtful process involving the majority of the groups more than 40 state chapters. You can read about it here.
  • The New York State Assembly is holding two hearings on the Medical Aid in Dying Act (the first hearing happens on April 23 on our designated Lobby Day). You can learn more about those hearings from the Assembly here, and from us on Facebook here (Albany) and here (NYC).


  • Also, on April 5, Hawai’i became the 7th state and 8th jurisdiction to adopt a medical aid-in-dying law. Read about it here.

Springtime 2018 Action List: Upcoming hearings, local meetings, ask your doctor, and more….

Hello to all the Compassion & Choices supporters in the Lower Hudson Valley!

Stacey and Laura recently met with the state campaign leaders of Compassion & Choices, Corinne Carey and Amanda Cavanaugh. The C&C leaders went over their 2018 agenda with us and asked us for help on a short list of items. So now we’re asking for YOUR help.

Please read the below and see what you can do…

1. Join us in Albany on April 23

Lobby Day is where we meet up with our legislators and their staffs in pre-scheduled meetings in their Albany offices to share with them why passing the Medical Aid in Dying Act is so important to us. It’s an energizing experience and a very effective use of your time.

Read here about past Lobby Days and how they work.

There will more details forthcoming, including transportation if you need it, in the coming weeks. Please check back on our website https://lhvactionteamcompassionchoices.wordpress.com/ for more details or send any questions to us at this email address. lhv.compassion@gmail.com

2. Show your support at one of the upcoming hearings on Medical Aid in Dying this spring

The New York State Assembly has agreed to host two public hearings on the Medical Aid in Dying Act, one on April 23 in Albany (on our Lobby Day), and one on May 3 in NYC. This is where we supporters can speak directly to our legislators in a public forum about this very important topic. It is not standard practice for New York to hold open hearings so this is a HUGE step forward for our campaign!

These hearings are the most important advocacy event yet for the Medical Aid in Dying campaign in New York so we need you at the hearings to pack the room. (Our opponents will certainly be there in force.) Please also consider testifying at the hearings and making your voice heard. (We can send you more info on that, if you write back to us. lhv.compassion@gmail.com)

Immediately following the hearing in Albany on April 23, the campaign is setting up opportunities for important meetings with your lawmakers. See Item 1 above for more info about Lobby Day.

Lobby Day • January 2016

Let us know if you’re interested in testifying on either April 23 or May 3 and we can send you more info. If you don’t want to testify it’s ok. We really just need you to come be part of our group to show our state legislators how strong our support is for this issue. So please make every effort to join us on either or both of these two hearings days and make our voices heard.

Please check back on our website https://lhvactionteamcompassionchoices.wordpress.com/ for more details or send us any questions to this email address. lhv.compassion@gmail.com

3. One local meeting can make all the difference

One of our top goals this year for our cause is to get more co-sponsors in the Assembly and Senate for our bill. In some other states, voters have voted on Medical Aid in Dying laws, but in New York State the law will go into effect only after being approved by the State Assembly, the Senate and then the Governor. It’s a long legislative journey. The more co-sponsors the bill has, the faster it may move up the ladder.

What can we grassroots supporters do about this legislative process? We can help our NY State campaign leaders line up co-sponsors for our bill in the legislature.

Corinne and Amanda have met with every lawmaker in both the New York House and Senate to find out where they stand on our issue.

They have identified three Assembly Members in Westchester and Putnam counties who might become bill co-sponsors if we constituents meet with them and specifically request their support. Laura and Stacey are willing to set up and lead the meetings but we need a group presence to really make an impact. Who will join us?

Here are the three Assemblymen and their office locations. The meetings would probably be sometime in spring or summer 2018. If you’re a constituent of one of these Assembly Members or know someone who is, please let us know! (lhv.compassion@gmail.com)

Assembly member David Buchwald (Assembly District 93: Bedford, Harrison, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Lewisboro, Mt. Kisco, Pound Ridge, and White Plains)

http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/David-Buchwald

District Office

100 S. Bedford Rd.

Suite 150

Mount Kisco, NY 10549

914-244-4450

 

Assembly member Kevin Byrne (Assembly District 94: Yorktown, Mahopac, Brewster, Patterson)

http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Kevin-M-Byrne

District Office

3 Starr Ridge Rd.

Suite 204

Brewster, NY 10509

845-278-2923

Fax: 845-278-2926

District Office Directions

 

Assembly member Gary Pretlow (Assembly District 89: Mount Vernon and parts of Yonkers)

http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/J-Gary-Pretlow

District Office

6 Gramatan Ave.

Suite 201

Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

914-667-0127

Fax: 914-667-020

District Office Directions

4. What other groups are you part of?

We need group endorsers on our issue. Polls show that the majority of individual New Yorkers would like to have options at the end of life and a law allowing this. But we need the muscle of institutional endorsers to really put this issue on the map for our Legislature (see above on how the legislators are the ones who are going to pass this law for us).

Are you a member of a cancer coalition? An ALS foundation? A nursing organization? An HIV/AIDS fundraising group? A large senior group? A sympathetic religious group? Another New York group that might be willing to endorse the Medical Aid in Dying bill? If so, let us know and we’ll give you the tips and handouts for making the first outreach, and then Corinne and Amanda will take it from there.

5. Ask your doctor where he or she stands

Until we get more physicians and hospice providers to sign on as supporters of our bill, it won’t get very far. Please ask your doctor if they are a supporter of the medical aid-in-dying option at end of life, or would at least or not oppose this bill.

For more on how to Ask Your Doctor, see this previous post: https://lhvactionteamcompassionchoices.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/info-on-the-ask-your-doctor-campaign/

If you get a positive response, please send Amanda Cavanaugh the doctor’s name and email for her to continue the outreach. acavanaugh@compassionandchoices.org

Judging from other states’ experience, the support and discussion about our bill will grow from physician to physician, and eventually rise to the state medical organization level, but we patients are the ones who need to get the ball rolling.

6. Other upcoming events

For more info about other Lower Hudson Valley C&C events, visit  https://lhvactionteamcompassionchoices.wordpress.com/updates/ and the Compassion & Choices state website Events page: (https://www.compassionandchoices.org/new-york/new-york-events/)

Thanks for reading this bulletin, and we hope to hear back from you about the above items!

Stacey Gibson & Laura Kelly

EMAIL: lhvcompassion@gmail.com

Facebook updates: https://www.facebook.com/CompassionandChoicesNewYork/

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Opposition to the Medical Aid in Dying Act is heating up. What can you do?

The opposition to medical aid in dying has been very active in the past few weeks:

The opposition is heating up and getting loud, and we have to show that supporters of the Medical Aid in Dying Act are in the majority.

We are stepping up our campaign in the month of May with lots of in-district work and our big Spring Lobby Day on May 9th.

You can raise your voice today. Click here to send a message to your elected officials: https://www.compassionandchoices.org/…/tell-the-legislature/

And Save the Date to come to Albany on May 9 for our big Spring Lobby Day! Here’s the registration page link: http://bit.ly/2nNGIlp or email us at NY@compassionandchoices.org for more information.

I encourage all of you to follow and like us on Facebook (see at the bottom of this page) for daily campaign updates, and invite your friends and colleagues. We need mainstream supporters to join our campaign now more than ever. Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you on May 9th.
 
Corinne

 

 

Why we need you to join us on May 9 Lobby Day (info)

A letter from the Outreach Manager of Compassion & Choices NY


Good Afternoon,

I hope this message finds you doing well.  For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Amanda Cavanaugh and I am the Outreach Manager for Compassion & Choices NY.  As our campaign begins to prepare for our most exciting event of the year, our Lobby Day, I wanted to be sure that you were one of the first to receive an invitation.

It is a really great time for The Medical Aid in Dying Act.  This year, our campaign to expand end-of-life options in the Empire State has been moving forward at full steam. We’ve recently held events in Albany, the Lower Hudson Valley, New York City,  Long Island, Saratoga Springs, and we’re heading to the Catskills within the month.  Soon, we’ll hold our biggest event yet.

On May 9, Compassion & Choices supporters will gather for a lobby day in Albany. We’ll meet with legislators to tell them why New Yorkers feel so strongly about authorizing medical aid in dying. It’s an important opportunity to build support with face-to-face interactions and share personal stories.

Here you can find detailed information, including sign up:
2017 Lobby Day Info

We have also created a Facebook Event, please share it with anyone whom you may think is interested:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1306728642743122/

WHAT: Compassion & Choices Lobby Day in Albany
WHERE: NY State Capitol, State St. and Washington Ave, Albany, NY (meet on the 3rd floor outside the Senate chambers)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, at 9:00 a.m.

Last May, our lobby day was a huge success – more than 100 dedicated supporters registered, and with our bright yellow shirts, we were noticed by the press and throughout the Capitol by lawmakers and other advocates. Though we were well-received by lawmakers, we walked away knowing that we needed to provide more education to make sure legislators and their staffs are fully informed about medical aid in dying.

That’s why we need you to join us in Albany on May 9. Elected officials are eager to know where their constituents stand on medical aid in dying, and this is your chance to impact their decision making.

We will arrange visits with supporters Senators and Assemblymembers, as well as other influential lawmakers, and provide training, materials and talking points in advance.  Compassion & Choices yellow t-shirts will be available if you need one! If you need assistance with transportation or lodging, please let us know on the RSVP page.

Feel free to prepare personal stories in advance of your visit. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for lawmakers to hear personal stories about why this issue means so much to all of us.

Here is a copy of the flyer that we will be using to advertise this event, please share with anyone whom you think may be interested.

LobbyDay2017Flyer (1)

For any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.

I look forward to seeing you in May!

Warmly,

Amanda

acavanaugh@compassionandchoices.org

Join us on May 9 for LOBBY DAY in Albany 2017

Lobby Day • January 2016

Gather with us in Albany on Tuesday, May 9, at 11 am for Lobby Day! Lobby Day consists of attending assigned group meetings with NYState Assemblypeople or their staffs to show them the human face behind the important Medical Aid in Dying Act. You can share your story about why you support the law or simply sit in on the meeting(s) to show your support. The meetings will be over by around 3 pm.

Read this story about last year’s Lobby Day.

Transportation to and from Albany

We have a supporter in New York City who is willing to pay for a bus. The bus would drive up to Albany from the city, stopping in Westchester and maybe points north if there are enough people who want to ride the bus.

Let us know if you’re planning to be at Lobby Day and whether you’re interested in a bus ride via our Contact page so we can gauge interest.

May 10 New York Lobby Day in Albany = Big Success!

Lobby Day • January 2016
Lobby Day • January 2016

May 14 update:

We achieved our goal on Lobby Day on May 10—getting the word out about the important medical aid in dying issue! If you visit the C&C New York FB page you can read all about the 100 meetings we held that day AND the new Medical Aid in Dying Act that was introduced at a press conference that morning. There are also links to press coverage and moving speeches that were given that day by a variety of supporters of this compassionate law.

Here is the full bill if you want to read it over:

Medical Aid in Dying Act

We’ve learned that the bill will be considered in committee by our legislators very soon, so please make sure to reach out to your representative to let her or him know how and why you support this bill (see info on doing that at the bottom of this page/website).


Here is our original April 25 post on Spring Lobby Day:

This past January, Stacey and Laura along with 60+ other volunteer supporters gathered at the Albany state house to spend the day meeting with lawmakers to find out where they stand on the legislation authorizing medical aid in dying in New York and leaving them with packets of great background info. We were all novices, but the day was very well organized by Compassion & Choices and considered a big success, putting human faces on our important issue.

We want to have an even bigger show of support this May. Consider joining other Compassion & Choice supporters from around the state in Albany on Tuesday, May 10. If you want to have a real impact on this issue, this is a great way to do it!

Below is information (along with a “more info” link) about this important day from NYS Campaign Director Corinne Carey. If you plan to attend Lobby Day on May 10, please RSVP at the link below but also send a note to Stacey and Laura at lhv.compassion@gmail.com letting us know you’re interested, too.

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Corinne Carey • January Lobby Day

March 29, 2016

As you know, our campaign to expand end-of-life options in the Empire State has been moving forward at full steam. We’ve recently held organizing events in Rochester, Albany, and Long Island, and we’re planning to make trips to Buffalo, Syracuse, and the Catskills within the month. And soon, we’ll hold our biggest event yet.

On May 10, Compassion & Choices supporters will gather for a lobby day in Albany. We’ll meet with legislators to tell them why New Yorkers feel so strongly about authorizing medical aid in dying. It’s an important opportunity to build support with face-to-face interactions and sharing personal stories.

Click here to RSVP to our lobby day on May 10. 

WHAT: Compassion & Choices Spring Lobby Day in Albany
WHERE: NY State Capitol, State St. and Washington Ave, Albany, NY (meet on the 3rd floor outside the Senate chambers)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, at 11:00 a.m.

Our January lobby day was a huge success – more than 85 dedicated supporters registered, and with our bright yellow shirts, we were noticed by the press and throughout the Capitol by lawmakers and other advocates. Though we were well-received by lawmakers, we walked away knowing that we needed to provide more education to make sure legislators and their staffs are fully informed about medical aid in dying.

That’s why we need you to join us in Albany on May 10. Elected officials are eager to know where their constituents stand on medical aid in dying, and this is your chance to impact their decision making.

https://www.compassionandchoices.org/event/spring-lobby-day-in-albany/

We will arrange visits with your Senator and Assemblymember, as well as other influential lawmakers, and provide training, materials and talking points in advance. Compassion & Choices yellow t-shirts will be available if you need one! If you need assistance with transportation or lodging, please let us know on the RSVP page.

Feel free to prepare your personal stories in advance of your visit. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for lawmakers to hear personal stories about why this issue means so much to all of us.

Corinne

Corinne Carey
NY Campaign Director

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