New York State
September 16, 1999
Members: Members: Barbara
"Bobbi" Linn, Chair, Marianna Brown, Interim Treasurer; Anne Pavlak, Secretary;
James Billy; Joe Bravo; Maria Dibble; Gisela Distel; Mary Ewing; Terra House;
Cheryl Pivorunas; Robert Shepherd.
Ex Officio:Patricia Bruno,
OMRDD; Sharon Flom, CBVH; Bob Gumson, VESID; Greg Jones, Advocate's Office.
Staff: Brad Williams,
Executive Director; Stephanie Lawton, Office Manager.
Guests: Odessa McGrady;
Evelyn Jean Clarke; Michael Adamus, Olean; Denise Figueroa, ILCHV; Denise
Axtell, AIM; Kathleen Pautler, NFCIL; Todd Eggert; T.K. Small.
Chris Rosa, Vice Chair; Frances Pizzola, Member-at-Large;
A. Georg Fleischer; Michele Greene; Sally Johnston; Michael Kennedy; Jack
Bobbi Linn called the meeting to order at 10:12 AM by
welcoming everyone in attendance. The meeting began with a quorum present.
The Chair opened the floor for an "open discussion"
segment. No issues/comments were made.
The Chair requested a motion on the minutes of June
14,1999. Moved by Maria Dibble, second Gisela Distel, to accept the minutes as
presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Executive Director's Report/B. Williams: A.
Monthly Activity update:
B. "Mission Possible" update:
- In June and July, we went through the nomination
process and appointment process with VESID. It is now in the hands of the
Regents for their approval in September or October.
- Certain aspects of the Communications Outreach
Coordinator position have been contracted out. T.K. Small is assisting with
communications in NYC. Kathy Raeihle is handling the website. Sue Meineker is
constructing our next newsletter.
- In June, the NCIL conference was a big event.
- A great deal of work on public policy issues.
Copy provided in your packets. Two banners have been
acquired, (1) puts NYSILC out there with all our contact information, and (2)
"Ask Me About NYSILC's New ..." Both are used to promote NYSILC and let people
know what we're doing.
Discussion was had regarding NYSILC's name. Any name
change will require the change be filed in every county within the
C. Strategy Grant Plan update:
During the first 9 months we sent a great deal of
time on issues of public policy and committee work, not leaving time to go out
and obtain monies. The items that grants we going to be sought for have been
able to be covered internally within our current contract.
D. NYSILC Resources Purchases for CILS and
At the August Executive Committee meeting it was
decided to spend approximately $20,000 of NYSILC contract funds on the CILS and
satellites. Resources purchased were based on needs expressed in 704 reports
and at regional forums and focus group discussions. Resources include Grants
Guide Plus and calendars, and allows for one grant to be written, then sent to
Grants Guide Plus for review and recommendations for changes to strengthen the
request; a Nonprofit's Guide to Lobbying; from the Wilder Foundation: a
Marketing Workbook and a Strategy Planning Workbook, diskettes included; a set
of 7 "Points of View" tapes; and for the Federal centers, reference binder and
diskette containing EDGAR, Federal forms, 704 Reports, etc. Balance of funds
will be spent on a statewide Public Relations campaign - 30 second open
captioned PSA individually tagged for each center for TV, radio, and print
media; as well as a "how to" kit. Paid ads were discussed, as well as
"Dateline" type coverage.
E. SPIL Funding Priorities and a Response to RSA :
At the NCIL Conference, OSERS and RSA, discussed
several issues, in particular in 2 regions, but not Region II, where RSA
decided not to honor the SPIL and the funding priorities in the SPIL when they
were in the process of allocating funding in those particular states. This
decision was contested. In the event increased funds become available when the
Federal budget gets passed, the funding priorities will be addressed as
identified in the SPIL. Grants may also be available for CILS and/or satellites
to compete to win. Modifications to the SPIL would have to go through the
chain" of approval again.
Moved by Joe Bravo, second by Maria Dibble, to establish a
committee that over the next couple of months will specifically work on
addressing this and making recommendations back at the next council meeting.
Motion passed unanimously.
Committee volunteers: Mary Ewing, Joe Bravo, Bobbi Linn,
Marianna Brown and Denise Figueroa. Absent Council members, CIL Executive
Directors, VESID and CBVH will be invited to participate as well.
Treasurers Report: Treasurer reported June
and July financials. James Billy moved, seconded by Maria Dibble, that the
reports be accepted. Motion carried unanimously.
1999-2000 Proposed Budget was presented for approval.
Brief discussion was had regarding several categories. Motion by Maria Dibble,
second by Joe Bravo, to accept the proposed budget. Motion passed
David DuBois, President of RCIL's Board and faculty
member of Empire State College, requested co-sponsorship by NYSILC of a pre- or
post-conference event at the "Disabled but Enabled and Empowered" conference.
Brad Williams and Joe Bravo were instructed to follow up with Dave, and bring
back a recommendation at the November council meeting.
Recognition of Charles McGrady: Marianna Brown,
James Billy and Stephanie Lawton presented Odessa McGrady, Charlie's wife, and
Evelyn Jean Clarke, Charlie's daughter, with a plaque honoring Charlie's
service to NYSILC.
Executive Committee Report: Report tabled due to
absence of Chris Rosa.
Personnel Committee/A. Pavlak: At a meeting on
7/16/99, Brad's six months review was performed. Recommendation was made to the
Executive Committee in August granting Brad $2,500 in salary and a vehicle
lease allowance of $2,500. Also discussed was the establishment of a 403(b)
Retirement Plan as well as a percentage Employer contribution, not to exceed 4%
of an employee's salary.
Motion by the Executive Committee to
authorize the Executive Director to establish a 403(b) Retirement Plan for
current and future employees. Motion passed with one abstention.
Public Policy Committee/B. Williams: Brad Williams
reported, in Fran Pizzola's absence, that the Public Policy Committee worked
towards and celebrated the $1.5 million increase to the CILs. Special Education
Reform - the Legislature had to enact certain changes until compliance was met.
The comprised Senate position was passed. WIIA - 26 out of 31 Congressional NYS
members are co-sponsors. This bill is currently in the Ways and Means
Committee. "Olmstead" came down in our favor, statement papers explaining this
decision have been disseminated. Kendra's law was passed in spite of our best
Transition Committee/R. Shepherd: A meeting has
been scheduled for 10/12/99 and will be reporting at the next Council
Monitoring and Evaluation Committee/J. Billy: A
first draft has been prepared. There is still much to do but progress is being
made. Recommendations will be forthcoming.
VESID Report/R. Gumson: Bob reported that VESID
is in the process of developing packets for Title VII Part B funds for CILs.
AILCNY and NYSILC met with VESID to discuss recommendations obtained at a
previous meeting. Input will be solicited from AILCNY and COIL. Customer
Satisfaction Survey is about to be pilot tested. The ILC budget has been
determined, but cannot be publicized until the Regents have met.
CBVH Report/S. Flom: Workforce Investment Act -
Town meeting are going to be held in November. Referral Application Form/Report
of Legal Blindness - Need to allow people to get in touch with CBVH more
easily, new form is being distributed. Business Enterprise Program - Allowed
students to gain actual work experience. Beginning to look toward the next
round of RFPs for projects with ILCs; Spring 2000 target release for new
There being no further business, the Chair determined
the meeting adjourned.