League, CU Advocates Meet with Congressman Payne

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. – The New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) and credit union advocates, including a credit union board member from Federal Employees (Newark) FCU, met Monday with Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10).

Pictured Left-to-Right: Tom O’Shea, President/CEO, Aspire FCU and CULAC Trustee; David Frankil, NJCUL President/CEO; Congressman Payne; Maria Solorzano, President/CEO, Liberty Savings FCU; Chris Abeel, NJCUL VP of Corporate and Governmental Affairs; Tom Quigley, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, XCEL FCU; John Newman, President/CEO, Federal Employees (Newark) FCU and Board Director, NJCUL Services Corporation; John Kelshaw, Board Director, Federal Employees (Newark) FCU.

The discussion focused on post-S. 2155 regulatory relief priorities, the need for the Department of Justice to issue Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web site compliance rules, the ongoing problem of merchant data breaches and the need to subject retailers to the same data security requirements as card issuers, and issues relating to NCUA’s treatment of taxi medallion loans and participations.

The League schedules in-district meetings with members of the state’s congressional delegation to enable credit union advocates to meet with their representatives in Congress without having to travel to Washington. 

In addition to Payne, the League has met with Reps. Donald Norcross (D-1), Leonard Lance (R-7), Frank Pallone (D-6), and Bill Pascrell (D-9) as well as Sen. Booker’s office. A meetings and credit union site visit with Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3) is scheduled for October 24. Meetings with the balance of the delegation are being scheduled. 

The League has also met with state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, who is running to succeed long-time credit union supporter Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-2), and Mikie Sherrill, who is running for the seat currently held by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11). LoBiondo and Frelinghuysen are not seeking re-election. 

The meetings are open to all NJCUL member credit union professionals and volunteers. Anyone interested in participating should contact NJCUL Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Affairs Chris Abeel at cabeel@njcul.org or 800-792-8861, ext. 127.