Advocacy Day Success!

Huge turnout for virtual MSSNY 2021 Advocacy Day

is a win for physicians.

On behalf of OCMS, our sincere thanks to the physicians and medical students who joined us on March 2 for MSSNY Advocacy Day. Well over 300 New York physicians and medical students attended this virtual event to speak up for their practice, their colleagues and their patients.

We are so fortunate that this diverse group was on hand that day to share their expertise and the physician perspective with our local State legislators, who expressed tremendous gratitude for the exceptional effort put forth by physicians during the pandemic. Medical students were present as well to share their concerns and those of their fellow students.

At OCMS we are proud to have such capable leadership representing our interests in Onondaga County! Our group had engaging and productive conversations about these and other issues with our local legislative leaders and staff, including Assemblymembers Barclay, Hunter, Magnarelli and Stirpe and Senators Mannion and May, who seemed both receptive and sensitive to our members' concerns.

We also heard from leaders of the Health and Insurance Committees who are directly involved in developing legislation and public policies that impact healthcare delivery including the many health care policies in the New York State Budget to be considered later this month.  


A replay of the Lobby Day session is being processed and we will share it as soon as it becomes available. Until then, MSSNY has provided a podcast update, "Physician Advocacy Day Success; Continued Need for Advocacy and Vaccine Accessibility," which you can listen to here.


Pam Hunter

Senator Mannion's District Representative

Preena Deer, RN

Assemblymember Stirpe's Leg. Director

Justin Perkins

MSSNY Senior VP Legislative Affairs

Moe Auster, Esq.

Senate Minority Leader

Rob Ortt

Senator May's Chief of Staff

Zach Zeliff


Dick Gottfried

Assembly Majority Leader

Crystal Davis Peoples-Stokes

Senate Majority Leader

Michael Gianaris

Even if you were unable to attend Physician Advocacy Day, there are still plenty of ways that you can participate in helping to improve healthcare and the practice environment in New York!

Political action in concert with advocacy increases access and impact.  

    • Subscribe to the Grassroots Action Center (GAC). Text MSSNY to 52886 to be alerted when opportunities arise to email, call or tweet your legislators about pending legislation. It's a great way to stay informed.

    • Join the OCMS Legislative Committee. Help us establish solid relationships with our local legislators and Syracuse city officials. Nothing is as persuasive as personal experience combined with the willingness to tell your story to those who make the decisions! Attend Zoom meetings with our local representatives, and help strategize ways to promote our legislative agenda.

    • If you have an existing relationship with a legislator, please sign up as a Physician Advocacy Liaison (PAL) through the PAL Network. PALs are well-informed key contacts who connect with specific legislators to communicate the scientific basis and policy foundation for the advocacy positions we support.  Consider attending a political event for your local legislators.  

    • Follow OCMS, MSSNY and MSSNYPAC on social media!

Again, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to join with your colleagues and advocate on behalf of your patients, your practice, and your profession.  

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