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ABOUT US

The NYSMWA is a not-for-profit trade association created in 1927 to provide educational and other supporting services for the Household Goods Moving & Storage Industry in New York State.

Our members promote ethical business practices and provide consumers with the highest quality, reputable service at a reasonable cost. The association's membership represents all areas of the State.

The activities of the Association are managed by a Board of Directors which serves on a voluntary basis. Officers and Directors are elected by the Association's General Membership at its Annual Meeting. Directors are owners and employees of moving and storage companies here in New York State. A few of our board members are representatives from suppliers to the industry who are also interested in enhancing and maintaining the integrity of the New York Moving and Storage industry.

The day-to-day affairs of the Association are managed by William H. Whalen IV, the Executive Director. Bill was employed by the Board of Directors in August 2011. Bill has nearly 14 years experience in the moving and storage industry. Prior to joining the association, he was the Operations and Sales Manager for Finnegan's Moving and Warehouse Corporation. He is also a Partner with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's program called ProtectYourMove.gov and New York State Partnership Against Drowsy Driving (NYPDD).

Governmental affairs are handled by Donald Mazzullo, Richard Scanian, and Amy Kellogg of Harter, Secrest and Emery.

The Board of Directors meets several times a year to review current issues which may have an impact upon the industry and consumers. At these meetings, they lay out plans for the upcoming months' strategy.

Officers
Board
Legislative Representation
State Regulations

PRESIDENT - Term Expires May 2021

Lisa Rivard, Gentle Giant Moving Company

29 Harding Street, Somerville, MA 02143

Phone: 617-661-3333

Fax: -

1st VICE PRESIDENT - Term Expires May 2021

Matt Schwartzberg, Steinway Moving

300 Merrick Road, Suite 207, Lynbrook, NY 11563

Phone: 718-745-3400

Fax: 718-492-2538

2nd VICE PRESIDENT - Term Expires May 2021

Glenn Coyne, Don's Moving & Storage, Inc.

897 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-462-0697

Fax: 518-427-7644

SECRETARY - Term Expires May 2021

Richard Nilsson, B & N Moving & Storage

353 Country Road 39A, Southampton, NY 11968

Phone: 631-283-1346

Fax: 631-283-7366

TREASURER - Term Expires May 2021

Blair Roskow, Naglee Moving

P.O. Box 2002, Elmira Heights, NY 14903

Phone: 607-733-4671

Fax: 607-733-4850

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - Term Expires May 2021

Allen Golan, Shleppers Moving

920 East 149 Street, Bronx, NY 10455

Phone: 212 223-4004

Fax: 718 679-9825

BOARD MEMBERS

Term Expires May 2020

Paul Benkert, Always Moving & Storage

85 Grand Street, Kingston, NY 12401

Phone: 845-339-5676

Fax: 845-471-7705

Term Expires May 2021

Sheryl Santi Luks, Santi Express

616 Corporate Way, Suite 7, Valley Cottage, NY 10989

Phone: 845-286-1600

Fax: 845-268-1660

Timothy Palisano, Lincoln Moving of Buffalo

155 Great Arrow Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14207

Phone: 716-874-1380 and 716-823-2142

Fax: 716-823-2613


BOARD MEMBER EMERITUS

Vacant


ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS

Term Expires May 2020

Barry Lovell, Lovell Safety Management Group

110 William Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10038

Phone: 212-709-8600

Fax: 212-269-6054

Eric Scorzelli, Victory Packaging

8-2 Corn Road, Dayton, NJ 08810

Phone: 800-799-2176

Fax: 800-840-4846

Term Expires May 2021

John Horkan, Movers Supply House

1476 East 222nd Street, Bronx, NY 10469

Phone: 800-221-8032

Fax: 718-379-4403

New York State Mover's & Warehouseman's Association is represented before the State Legislature in Albany by the firm of Harter, Secrest & Emery. The specific members of the firm with whom we interface are Amy Kellogg, Donald Mazzullo, Esq. and Richard Scanlan.

The actions of government officials can have a profound impact upon your business. These three individuals monitor and often affect the progress of proposed legislation or regulations through their strategic involvement.

They arrange for the introduction of bills, track the progress of proposed regulations and lobby to secure or modify legislation and administrative action on behalf of the association.


Information on Current Legislative Activity

Kellogg, Mazzullo and Scanlan meet regularly with the Association's Board of Directors or specific Committees to discuss the agenda for the state's legislative session and to plan strategies for both general legislation and individual bills. They are skilled in the development of proposed legislation or the review of draft language for the technical accuracy demanded by our complex industry.

Introduction & Tracking of Bills

When the Association suggests or initiates legislation, Kellogg, Mazzullo and Scanlan consider sponsorship strategies, arrange for the introduction of the bill to the New York State Senate and Assembly, and track the bill's progress through the legislature. They notify all appropriate legislators and the Association's leadership of key dates for possible committee and floor action to keep attention focused on the bill, and they keep the Association informed on the progress of all legislation in which the industry may have an interest.

Direct Contact with Legislators

Working closely with the Association's leadership, Kellogg, Mazzullo and Scanlan coordinate and assist efforts to contact individual legislators, legislative staff members, members of the Governor's staff, or appropriate agency representatives.

Advocacy

Kellogg, Mazzullo and Scanlan have a established a reputation for effective and successful advocacy through ongoing dialogue with state officials who have authority closely associated with the Moving and Storage Industry's interests.

Immediate & Appropriate Reaction

Our team monitors state legislation and proposed regulations which could impact your business. They communicate the Association's position on proposed legislation to members of the State Legislature or appropriate agency officials.

Regular Updates

The Association is supplied with written reports detailing activities on specific bills, as well as other issues pertinent to your needs. When decisions are reached, it is reported to the Association on the final status of legislative issues, and the team prepares recommendations for future strategies.

Visibility in Albany

Kellogg, Mazzullo and Scanlan create visibility for the Association, and your company, in the State Capitol by maintaining contacts with state legislators, the Governor's office, and all appropriate state agencies. In addition, they are able to provide and coordinate services in New York and other states, and work with the Association on specific legislative and administrative matters involving federal and local governments.

One of the many benefits provided by the New York State Mover's & Warehouseman's Association is the Grievance Assistance Program (GAP). This program allows an individual to file a complaint with the New York State Department of Transportation whenever they come across a mover who is operating illegally.

There are many complaints that are common, such as operating without authority, tariff violation and unlawful advertising, to name a few.

As the number of illegal operators proliferate, the number of dissatisfied customers increase. Unfortunately, consumers do not make the distinction between a legitimate, licensed, qualified mover, and an illegal, fly-by-night operator. To the violated consumer, a mover is a mover. The bad guys generate the publicity, but you, as a legitimate mover, suffer.

This program is an easy, safe method of putting a stop to many of the bad actors and illegal actions which are giving you such bad customer relations and bad press. The program is available to all members at no charge. To file a GAP complaint, simply contact the Association's office with the information. The complaint will be forwarded to the NYS DOT. Your identity will not be disclosed. You will be sent copies of any correspondence from the DOT relating to your complaint. The Association will monitor your complaint to see that the DOT takes action.