2023 AHRI State Summit

Renaissance Albany Hotel, Albany, NY | April 25-26

Let Your Voice be Heard!

The two-day AHRI State Summit, on April 25 and 26, presents an opportunity for our members to communicate directly with key New York policymakers about the positive impact of our industry on jobs and the economy, energy efficiency innovation, health and safety, the environment, and the climate. As New York legislators continue to develop and advance their energy and environmental policies, they need to hear directly from AHRI members about the impact of their policy decisions on the HVACR and water heating industry and how existing and emerging technologies can help New York achieve its ambitious climate goals.

In addition to meetings with New York legislators and regulators, the Summit will include presentations from key regulatory agencies, legislative offices, business organizations, and environmental NGOs; conversations with policymakers on high priority issues; updates on AHRI’s state legislative and regulatory activities; and opportunities to network with colleagues and conference participants. See additional meeting details and registration information below. Please plan to contribute your company’s voice to our state advocacy efforts by attending the 2023 State Summit!


Event Detail

2023 AHRI State Summit

April 25-26, 2023

Renaissance Albany Hotel, Albany, NY

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Meeting Highlights

Tuesday, April 25

    What are the most significant issues facing companies doing business in New York? This panel of state business and manufacturing representatives will discuss the agencies and legislation they are following closely this year and their impact on New York businesses.

    Moderator: Francis Dietz, AHRI Vice President, Public Affairs

    Confirmed Speakers:

    • Ken Pokalsky, Vice President, Business Council of New York State, Inc. Representative
    • Randy Wolken, President & CEO, Manufacturers Alliance of New York State, Inc. (The Alliance)

    Looking for details about New York’s plastics and extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation? Lobbyists and legislators will discuss the current legislative process, key elements of the policy, and prospects for passage in this session.

    Moderator: Frank Nemeth, Partner, Hill, Gosdeck, McGraw and Nemeth

    Confirmed Speakers:

    • Todd Kaminsky, Shareholder, Greenburg Traurig
    • Rachel May, NYS Senator, 48th District

    Stakeholders will discuss the current legislative effort on plastics and EPR and the role of each of their organizations in the ongoing negotiations.

    Moderator: Samantha Slater, AHRI Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

    Confirmed Speakers:

    • Ryan Carson, Solid Waste Management Campaign Coordinator, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)
    • Craig Cookson, Senior Director for Plastics Sustainability, American Chemistry Council
    • Anne Rabe, Environmental Policy Director, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)

    Stakeholders, including environmental NGOs, will discuss their vision for established decarbonization policies and those under consideration in New York.

    Moderator: Kyle Bergeron, Regulatory Engineer, AHRI Regulatory Affairs

    Confirmed Speakers:

    • Lisa Dix, New York Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition
    • Rich Kassel, Partner, AJW
    • John Mandyck, CEO, Urban Green Council

    A panel of industry and business community representatives will discuss the impact of state and local decarbonization policies on the future of business and manufacturing in New York State.

    Moderator: Matthew Thornblad, Senior Public Policy and Communications Director, Rheem

    Confirmed Speakers:

    • Erin Cosgrove, Public Policy Manager, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
    • Brian Gemmell, COO, New York Electric at National Grid

    Stakeholders will discuss the details and implementation of New York’s new Right-to-Repair law.

    Moderator: Chris Bresee, Manager, Government Affairs, AHRI 

    Confirmed Speaker:​​​​​

    • Gay Gordon-Byrne, Executive Director, The Repair Association
    • Patricia Fahy, New York State Assemblymember, 109th District

    NYSERDA staff and stakeholders will discuss the details of New York State’s new law that establishes advanced building codes and increases the energy efficiency standards of appliances and equipment, and how the implementation is progressing.

    Moderator: Laura Petrillo-Groh, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, AHRI

    Confirmed Speakers:

    • Conor Bambrick, Director of Climate Policy, Environmental Advocates NY
    • Chris Corcoran, Team Lead – Codes, Products, and Standards, NYSERDA
    • Samantha Wilt, Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council

    Please plan to attend this networking event to further engage with your fellow industry colleagues.

    Wednesday, April 26

      Regulators and stakeholders from states in the northeast, including New York and Maine, will discuss ongoing legislation and regulation of PFAS.

      Moderator: Garrett Mason, Partner, Dirigo Partners

      Confirmed Speakers:

      • Kate Donovan, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
      • Harold “Trey” Stewart III, Maine State Senator, District 2
      • Bobbi Wilding, Executive Director, Clean & Healthy New York

      Regulators and industry will discuss the current state of HFC regulation in New York and issues related to the upcoming transition.

      Members of the New York Legislature will discuss Assembly and Senate activities and plans regarding issues of importance in the HVACR and water heating industry.

      Moderator: Samantha Slater, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, AHRI

      • Invited New York Legislators

      Advocating for your company’s interests and building relationships with elected officials is crucial to a successful government relations strategy. AHRI members are encouraged to join meetings arranged by AHRI staff with offices of key members of the New York State Legislature.

      Please plan to attend this networking event to further engage with your fellow industry colleagues.

      Event Information

      AHRI member companies and representatives from the wider HVACR industry interested in these policy matters are encouraged to join AHRI staff for this event.

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