The current board was elected unanimously to lead the Association. We honorably accepted this role as a vote of confidence from our colleagues that we’d lead this organization through a necessary reorganization and restructuring, to ensure that it is fiscally sound, properly organized, and in good-standing with any and all authorizing agencies. This we remembered as we recognized the achievements and sacrifices of Dr. Martin Luther King Day this past Monday, January 21, 2020.
In 2019, the Association engaged the services of a highly-respected national accounting firm to guide the Association on its financial-reporting matters; and also engaged the services of experienced corporate counsel to guide the board of directors in our corporate and membership restructuring initiatives. We take this opportunity to share with you that the Association’s restructuring team – its board of directors, executive director, members and professional service providers -- aim to position this invaluable and historic vessel in 2020, in order to continue acknowledging and celebrating our diverse communities and issues. Is this the required restructuring we promised – changes necessitated by what we’ve encountered when the new board was instituted – going forward? You bet it is. The Association will survive, thrive, meet its goals, and deliver its purpose and mission.
In fact, the membership of the Association and supervising agencies have been confident in our leadership, ability and the positive direction in which the Association’s restructuring is moving. We are humbled every day by this awesome and inspiring responsibility of caretaking this priceless gem for our communities and supporters across New York State.
We once again ask you to join in the next phase of the Association’s journey. We look forward to convening and collaborating with you at the 49th Annual Legislative Conference, scheduled to hold February 14 – 17, 2020.
Most important, we take this opportunity to thank you for all of the support that you’ve entrusted in the Association in the past; it goes without saying that if any of you have questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact the office of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. at (518) 427-8363.
Hon. Latrice M. Walker Chair
January 23, 2020