Advocacy is the cornerstone of the credit union movement. It unites our industry and makes us a powerful force in Albany and Washington, D.C. Under normal circumstances, we would be gearing up for our State Governmental Affairs Conference and the CUNA GAC. While we can’t meet in person this year, our advocacy efforts will not stop.
- Albany: The New York Credit Union Association will kick off our Virtual Advocacy Tour on Feb. 22. Join us as we hear key state-level legislative updates and connect virtually with some of the most influential policymakers in state government. Our virtual meetings with state lawmakers will continue through the week and during the month of March.
- Washington, DC: We’ll take a break on our state visits during March 1-5 for the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, which will bring together credit union advocates from across the country. The event will feature general sessions, a virtual trade show and meetings with our Congressional leaders.
- New York State: Following the CUNA GAC, we’ll return — virtually — to Albany to continue our meetings with state lawmakers during the remainder of the month.
*Note: There is no charge to attend the Association’s state-level advocacy events. CUNA GAC is a separate, virtual conference, which requires registration and payment. More information on CUNA GAC can be found here.
Tentative Conference Agenda:
|Monday, February 22|
|Young Professionals Track|
|7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.||Young Professionals Commission Governmental Q&A - Register Here
Assemblyman Jake Ashby, his Chief of Staff, Tom Grant and Mayor of Cambridge, Carman Bogle
|Virtual Advocacy Tour Kickoff|
|1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.||Featured Speaker
Raymond J. Dorado, Senior Deputy Superintendent for the Banking Division, New York State Department of Financial Services
|1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.||
Joanne Fernandez, VP of Governmental Affairs, New York Credit Union Association
|2:15 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.||Special Guest Speaker
Kathleen C. Hochul, Lieutenant Governor of New York State
|2:25 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.||Break
|3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.||
State Senate Banking Committee Chairman James Sanders Jr.
|3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.||**Virtual Meeting
New York State Assembly Banking Committee Chairman Victor M. Pichardo
**All credit union advocates are encouraged to participate in these virtual meetings. Please complete the Virtual Hill Meeting Request Form to participate.
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Featured Speaker: Raymond J. Dorado, Senior Deputy Superintendent for the Banking Division, New York State Department of Financial Services
Ray’s career has been focused on advising large financial institutions on regulatory compliance and corporate governance, and on managing their transactions and their legal and reputational risk. Since November 2019, he has been a senior banking regulator in New York. Outside of work, his other focus has been on philanthropy and community service, including investor literacy, pro bono activities and looking out for the welfare of 1,200 high school students in the Bronx.
He currently is the Senior Deputy Superintendent for the Banking Division of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS). He heads the banking executive team and leads the business groups for Foreign and Wholesale Banking, Community and Regional Banking, Licensed Financial Services and Mortgage Banking.
Prior to joining DFS, he was Executive Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at Citizens Financial Group (CFG), where he headed the Enterprise Regulatory legal team and set CFG’s regulatory agenda. He also headed the Commercial Banking legal team, and was a member of CFG’s Executive Leadership Group. He joined CFG in 2015 to help it separate from its then parent company, Royal Bank of Scotland.
From 2003-2014, he held executive legal and business leadership positions at BNY Mellon, including Acting General Counsel, and was a member of both the Executive and Operating Committees. He also served as the legal advisor to the Risk Committee of BNY Mellon’s Board of Directors.
From 1987-2003, he was a Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel at Credit Suisse, heading legal teams for the Securities Division, the Investment/Commercial Banking Division and the Litigation Group. Prior to that, he was in private practice.
Ray is currently a member of the Regulatory Committee of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. He has held leadership positions on the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) General Counsels Committee (Chairman and Vice Chairman - 2003-2014), SIFMA’s Compliance & Legal Society Executive Committee (2000-2019), where he has been a frequent lecturer at industry seminars and financial literacy events sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation and the Compliance Advisory Committee of The New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (1996-2003).
He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustee of Fordham Preparatory School (he chairs the Nominating & Governance Committee and is a member of the Executive and Risk Committees), and has served on Boards of Directors of Precision Valve Corporation (a privately-held global manufacturing/packaging company - 2006-2015), BNY Investment Center, Inc. (US broker-dealer - 2004-2006), CSFB Canada Ltd., (Canadian broker-dealer and TSX member - 1999-2003), The BNY Mellon Foundation - 2007-2014 (philanthropic) and The George Link, Jr. Foundation – Chairman - 2006-2014 (philanthropic).