Do you want social workers and the issues we are passionate about to be front and center during FY 2022 legislative session?

If you answered yes to any of these, then you NEED to be at Capitol Action Day! Together we will achieve our goal of providing social workers the tools they need to advocate for themselves and their clients year-round, creating a loud thunder of social work voices that cannot be ignored. 

Join NASW-NYS at our Virtual Capitol Action Day 2022! We are giving interested social workers an opportunity to receive direct preparation and coaching to discuss legislative priorities with members of the New York State Senate. We are encouraging all social workers who can offer their time and passion for political advocacy to join us on this day! This event is free and open to all social workers!

The current social climate has placed extra emphasis on the impact that policy and government have on our everyday lives. As social workers, we harness the expertise to advocate on behalf of the communities we serve through political engagement. We accomplish this by going directly to the political stage, the New York State legislature. 

Agenda of events:


February 15, 2022

10:00 am–11:00 am 

10:00 am 




10:30 am  


Chapter Greetings 

Samantha Fletcher, Executive Director of NASW-NYS 

Mark Buttiglieri, Chair of Advocacy and Government Relations Committee 

Legislative Greetings 

Senator Samra Brouk  

Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz 

Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus, TBD 

Assemblymember Chantel Jackson 

Assemblymember Jamie Williams 

11:00 am – 11:40 am 

 11:00 am 

11:25 am 

Sponsors of S3979C/A2348B: End to Predatory Court Fees 

Senator Julia Salazar  

 Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou 

11:40 am – 12:10 pm 

 11:40 am 

 11:55 am 

Sponsors of Mental Health Professionals  

Senator Robert Jackson 

Assemblymember Jessica Gonzalas-Rojas 

12:10 pm – 12:45 pm 

 12:10 pm 

 12:30 pm 

Chairs of Social Service Committees 

Senator Roxanne Persaud, TBD 

Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal 

12:45 pm – 1:50 pm 


2:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

 2:15 pm 

Telehealth bills 

 Assemblymember Kevin Cahill

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm 

2:30 pm 

3:00 pm 

3:30 pm 


Other legislative chairs that have social welfare oversight 

Mary Storage, Legislative Assistant, Senator Rivera Gustavo Staff 

Rachel Estrous, Chief of Staff, Senator Shelley Mayer Staff

Assemblymember Michael Benedetto 

Sherri Salvione, Senior Legislative Associate, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried Staff

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm  

Concluding messages and debriefing 

Michael Cappiello, NASW-NYS President, Board of Directors


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