NJ Joins Annual GAC Hike-The-Hill, Discussions Included ADA and Taxi Medallion Issues

WASHINGTON – After wrapping up at the Wednesday morning session at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference, leaders in attendance headed to Capitol Hill for meetings with their legislators. Nine professionals and volunteers from six New Jersey credit unions joined NJCUL President/CEO David Frankil and Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Affairs Chris Abeel in meetings with the offices of 13 of New Jersey’s 14-member delegation.

Pictured left to right: Credit Union of New Jersey President/CEO, NJCUL Board Chairman, and NJ Credit Union Advisory Council member Andy Jaeger; Aspire FCU President/CEO, CFPB Credit Union Advisory Council member, and CULAC Trustee Tom O’Shea; Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7); Garden Savings FCU Business Development Manager and NJ Crasher Allison Macey; XCEL FCU Vice President/CMO and Chair of the League’s Political and Legislative Action Network (PLAN) Tom Quigley; and NJCUL Vice President of Corporate and Governmental Affairs Chris Abeel.

Among the topics discussed were the abusive lawsuits hitting credit unions as a result of uncertainty with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), taxi medallion loans, and the Senate’s bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155).

Other New Jersey credit union representatives that were present but not pictured were Credit Union of New Jersey Chairman Gary Chizmadia; Liberty Savings FCU Senior Business and Community Development Representative and NJ Credit Union Advisory Council member Jim Miller, Jr.; Novartis FCU Vice President of Administration Sandy Mullins; Credit Union of New Jersey EVP/Chief Operations Officer Soma Sarkar; and XCEL FCU Board Member Stacey Walker.