2023 Delaware County Business Advocacy Resource Guide
The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce believes that thriving communities begin with prosperous businesses. By taking action in key areas–advocate, connect, and grow– we are a unified voice of business for the improvement of our communities.
ADVOCATING FOR POLICIES TO BUILD AND GROW BUSINESS
Effective advocacy is founded on accurate and substantiated information. We remain a locus for facts and primary resources on issues important to business owners.
Our priorities include:
- Engage Elected Officials. We will maintain our strong personal relationships with federal and state officials.
- Center for Reliable Information. Provide resources and contacts to members seeking assistance with municipal officials.
- Unified Voice of Business. We continue to seek opportunities for input from businesses on public policy issues.
- Public Transportation. The Chamber will continue partnering with human service agencies, healthcare, transportation providers, government agencies, transportation consultants, and others to recommend public transportation options in the county.
TIPS for Communicating with Elected Officials
Be brief. A legislator’s time is limited. So is yours.
Be appreciative. Acknowledge previous support and current action.
Be specific. Get to the issue. Don’t be general.
Be informative and factual. Give reasons and provide supporting materials. Propose a solution to the problem.
Be courteous and polite. Treat them as you would want to be treated. Ask for a specific action without being demanding or threatening.
Be reasonable. Remember, it’s fine to have a difference of opinion.
Be realistic. Issues may need to be resolved through compromise.
Be understanding. Put yourself in the legislator’s position and try to understand his/her concerns and goals.
Be knowledgeable and evaluate issues. The introduction of a legislative bill or a resolution does not mean that it will become law. Don’t get too excited about it until you’ve learned the who, what, and why of any legislation.
Ways to Communicate to Your Elected Officials
Letters are still the primary means to communicate with public officials. Letters represent voters, are read, and elicit responses. Letters can be informal or formal, typewritten or handwritten.
Call in advance to set up an appointment and explain the nature of your visit. Do your homework and make sure you understand the official’s position on a particular issue. You may consider inviting other people with similar concerns. Don’t be bashful about inviting the official to your place of business. Elected officials rely heavily on their staff for guidance, information, research, and more, so it is important to get to know their staff. NOTE: Many offices remain closed or with limited access due to COVID-19. If visiting an office, be courteous and wear a mask.
Always be concise, and discuss only one issue per telephone call. If the issue is in regard to a particular bill, provide the bill number and state your position. Explain how the bill impacts your business and why you support or oppose it. Remember, when calling state or federal officials, you will likely be speaking with aides or other staff.
Depending on the legislator, email can be an effective way to communicate when issues are time sensitive and the need for action is critical. Keep your message short and to one screen, so the official does not need to scroll through the text. Always provide complete contact information in your email, including mailing address, phone number, and email address. Email communication respects everyone’s time and is often the most convenient and effective way to connect with federal and state officials.
2023 Delaware County Regional Legislative Directory
Lisa Hofflich, Hudson Valley Regional Director
Hudson Valley Regional Office: P.O. Box 749 | Yonkers, NY 10710
Tel. (845) 875-4585 | Fax (845) 875-9099
Amanda Spellicy, Regional Representative
Regional Office: 15 Henry Street, Room. 100 A-F
Binghamton, NY 13901
Phone: (607) 772-6792 | Fax: (607) 772-8124
CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE | 19th District
49 Court Street, Suite 210 | Binghamton, NY 13901
Phone: (607) 242-0200
59 North Main Street
Liberty, NY 12754
661 West Main Street
Hancock, NY 13783
41 South Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
NEW YORK STATE OFFICIALS
State Capitol | Albany, NY 12224
Phone: (518) 474-8390
State Capitol | Albany, NY 12224
THOMAS P. DINAPOLI
110 State Street | Albany, NY 12236
Phone: (518) 474-4044
STATE SENATOR | 51st Senate District | includes all of Delaware County
Legislative Office Building, Room 506 | Albany, NY 12247
41 South Main Street | Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: (607) 432-5524
Oberacker@NYSenate.gov | www.NYSenate.gov/senators/Peter-Oberacker
ASSEMBLY MEMBER | 121st Assembly District| Colchester, Deposit, Hancock, Masonville, Sidney, Tompkins, Walton
Legislative Office Building, Room 549 | Albany, NY 12248
1 Kattelville Road, Suite 1 | Binghamton, NY 13901
Phone:607-648-6080 | Fax: 607-648-6089
email@example.com | www.NYAssembly.gov/mem/Joe-Angelino
ASSEMBLY MEMBER | 101st Assembly District | Andes, Franklin, Hamden
Legislative Office Building, Room 819 | Albany, NY 12248
Phone: 518-455-4807 | Fax: 518-455-5237
MaherB@NYAssembly.gov | www.NYAssembly.gov/mem/Brian-Maher
ASSEMBLY MEMBER | 102nd Assembly District | Bovina, Davenport, Delhi, Harpersfield, Kortright, Middletown, Roxbury, Stamford
Legislative Office Building, Room 937 | Albany, NY 12248
Phone: 518-455-5363 | Fax: 518-455-5856
113 Park Place, Suite 6 | Schoharie, NY 12157
45 Five Mile Woods Road, Suite 3 | Catskill, NY 12414
TagueC@NYAssembly.gov | www.NYAssembly.gov/mem/Chris-Tague
DELAWARE COUNTY OFFICIALS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
CHAIRMAN | TOWN OF BOVINA
1866 County Highway 6 | Bovina Center, NY 13740
Phone: (607) 832-4302 | Fax: 607-832-4666
VICE-CHAIRMAN | TOWN OF DELHI
5 Elm Street | Delhi, NY 13753
Phone: (607) 746-3737
BUDGET DIRECTOR | TOWN OF COLCHESTER
PO Box 321 | 72 Tannery Road | Downsville, NY 13755
Phone: (607) 363-7169 | Fax: (607) 363-7164
WAYLAND ‘BUD’ GLADSTONE
TOWN OF ANDES
PO Box 125 | 115 Delaware Avenue |Andes NY 13731
Phone: (845)676-4791 | Fax: (845)676-3776
TOWN OF DAVENPORT
11790 State Hwy 23 | Davenport Center, NY 13751
Phone: (607) 278-6909
TOWN OF DEPOSIT
3 Elm Street | Deposit, NY 13754
Phone: (607) 467-2433 | Fax: (607) 467-1414
TOWN OF FRANKLIN
12480 County Highway 21 | Franklin, NY 13775
Phone: (607) 230-0900
TOWN OF HAMDEN
20 Covert Hollow Road | Hamden, NY 13782
Phone: (607) 746-6660
TOWN OF HANCOCK
661 West Main Street | Hancock, NY 13783
Phone: (607) 637-3651 | Fax: (607) 637-4617
TOWN OF HARPERSFIELD
25399 State Hwy 23 | Harpersfield, NY 13786
Phone: (607) 652-5060
TOWN OF KORTRIGHT
51702 State Highway 10| PO Box 6 | Bloomville, NY 13739
Phone: (607) 538-9313
TOWN OF MASONVILLE
1890 State Route 206 | PO Box 313 | Masonville, NY 13804
Phone: (607) 265-4010
TOWN OF MEREDITH
4247 Turnpike Road | PO Box 116 | Meridale, NY 13806
Phone: (607) 746-2431 | (607) 746-8544 (fax)
CARL PATRICK DAVIS
TOWN OF MIDDLETOWN
42339 State Highway 28 | PO Box 577 |Margaretville, NY 12455
Phone: (845) 586-4566 | Fax: (845) 586-1775
TOWN OF ROXBURY
53690 State Highway 30 | PO Box 189 |Roxbury, NY 12474
Phone: (607) 326-7641| Fax: (607) 326-7641
TOWN OF SIDNEY
Civic Center | 21 Liberty Street | Sidney, NY 13838
Phone: (607) 561-2334 | Fax: (607) 561-2335
TOWN OF STAMFORD
101 Maple Avenue | PO Box M | Hobart, NY 13788
Phone: (607) 538-9421 | Fax: (607) 538-9841
TOWN OF TOMPKINS
148 Bridge Street | PO Box 139 | Trout Creek, NY 13847
Phone: (607) 865-5694
TOWN OF WALTON
129 North Street | Walton NY 13856-1217
Phone: (607) 865-5766 | Fax: (607) 865-9314
(* denotes committee chairperson)
Carl Patrick Davis
Planning, Recreation, and Culture
Carl Patrick Davis
Carl Patrick Davis
Carl Patrick Davis
The Chamber partners with state and national organizations to ensure that our collective voice has greater impact in Albany and Washington, D.C. While we may not agree with ALL of the legislative priorities of these groups, we often find common cause and actively engage with legislators as part of larger efforts.
These partnering state-wide and national organizations include:
United States Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing companies of all sizes across every sector of the economy. Our members range from the small businesses and local chambers of commerce that line the Main Streets of America to leading industry associations and large corporations. Delaware County Chamber members may be eligible for a free small business membership in the U.S. Chamber. Contact the Delaware County Chamber for details.
Upstate United is a non-partisan, pro-taxpayer, pro-economic growth and pro-Upstate education and advocacy coalition made up of business and trade organizations from across Upstate New York. Its mission is to advocate for fiscally responsible policies that support a vibrant upstate economy.
New York Chapter–National Federation of Independent Businesses
NFIB is the voice of small business. It’s a member-driven organization advocating for America’s small and independent business owners in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals.
Business Council of New York State
The Business Council of New York State, Inc., is the leading business organization in New York State, representing the interests of large and small firms throughout the state. Its membership is made up of roughly 2,400 member companies, local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations.