CU Advocates Attend Lautenberg Event to Make MBL Reform Case

Posted by Marissa Anema Thursday, April 12, 2012 11:02:00 AM


LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was the special guest last evening at Rider University’s Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics for the concluding session of its 2011-12 Governing New Jersey series. The event presented an opportunity for credit union advocates to make the case for MBL reform personally to Senator Lautenberg.

N.J. credit union representatives make their case for MBLs personally to Senator Lautenberg. 

The program began with a reception followed by a televised “Conversation with Senator Lautenberg” hosted by Rebovich Institute Director Ben Dworkin.

Gary Chizmadia, Credit Union of New Jersey director, Alan Feigenbaum, Advanced Financial CEO, Cindy Rein-Zima, Hamilton-Horizons CEO, and Rob Carabelli, McGraw-Hill FCU Marketing Manager, joined NJCUL Director of Government Affairs Chris Abeel to press for Senator Lautenberg’s support when the Udall bill comes up for a vote, which is expected any time after the Senate returns on April 16.

Pictured from left to right: Alan Feigenbaum, Advanced Financial CEO; Gary Chizmadia, Credit Union of New Jersey director; Cindy Rein-Zima, Hamilton-Horizons CEO; Senator Lautenberg; Chris Abeel, NJCUL Director of Government Affairs; and Rob Carabelli, McGraw-Hill FCU Marketing Manager.

“I want to thank our members for taking time from their busy schedules to attend this event,” said NJCUL Paul Gentile. “This wasn’t a small opportunity. We need our senators to hear a loud voice here in N.J. We’re running radio and Internet ads, generating lots of emails, letters, and calls, and have an MBL postcard campaign in full swing. But to have people there to be able to pose the question live and in-person is incredibly valuable for our efforts as we have never before seen such a high level of anti-credit union propaganda coming from the bankers,” he continued.


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