NYCSHP’s Grassroot Lobbying Committee in Action!

Tinnie Liao-Ng Yan, BS, MSc; Touro College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2019 Met with Assemblyman Robert Carrol (D) – 44th Assembly District
I was motivated by NYCSHP Grassroots Committee’s vision and felt the importance of advocating for my profession. Living in Brooklyn all my life, I had no idea my Assemblyman had an office so easily accessible and that they will be willing to listen to me.
For my appointment, it was arranged that I would be accompanied by a seasoned Committee member (Andrew). As a third year student at Touro College of Pharmacy and first time “grassroots advocate”, I was nervous! I would have been unlikely to have gone by myself. Andrew provided me with some “talking points” to help focus the conversation, and asked me to familiarize myself with the pharmacies in my Assembly district to illustrate the impact the legislation would have on the local community.
Assemblyman Robert Carrol with Tinnie Liao-Ng Yan and Andrew

Matthew Li, Pharm.D.; PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident, James J. Peters VA Medical Center: Met with Assemblyman Michael Miller (D) – 38th Assembly District
The meeting was successful. The Assemblyman opened up to us about his own experiences with pharmacists and the importance of having competent staff. He admitted that he was initially not familiar with the difference between a pharmacist and a technician, and that he was shocked to discover anyone in New York State could be hired as a technician and handle prescriptions. At the end of the discussion, Mr. Miller stated he was supportive of registration and certification for pharmacy technicians, and wanted to look into the legislation further.
Assemblyman Miller with Matt and Andrew

Joyce Wu, Pharm D, RPh, MPH; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Met with staff of Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez (D) – 68th Assembly District
The staff asked some good questions regarding the impact the legislation would have on the public and the local community; they also asked about potential financial impact to technicians. Once we got our points across, bringing our own Pharmacy practice experiences, they offered to co-sponsor the bill. The experience was great and I’m confident our grassroots efforts will soon be put to great use in making more changes and impact to our profession.
Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez with Joyce Wu

Jennie Xu, Pharm.D.: Met with staff of Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D) – 39th Assembly District
The preparatory work was very helpful. I actually went by myself and met with the Deputy Director of the District office. She stated the office would be supportive of the Technician legislation and would speak to the Assemblyman about it.

Cye Cornelio, Pharm.D.; PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident, Montefiore Medical Center: Met with Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer (D) – 90th Assembly District
It was my first time meeting with an Assemblymember and I was nervous! Thankfully, the Grassroots Advocacy Committee teams you up with a seasoned member so you always have backup. The Assemblywoman was very supportive of our efforts. I hope to one day lead others in advocacy!

Join NYCSHP’s Grassroot Lobbying efforts to push our profession forward! Members of all lobbying experiences welcomed. Our committee will help mentor you through the process to gain memorable experience. Please contact President, Karen Berger,, for more information and to join NYCSHP’s Grassroot Lobbying Committee!

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