New York Sportsmen’s Advisory Council Holds Board and Officer Elections

Contact: Joe Mullin, Manager, Northeastern States

  • The New York Sportsmen’s Advisory Council (NYSAC) held elections on July 12 for three Board members and for all officer positions.
  • The following individuals were reelected to the Board of Directors:
    • Jason Kemper – representing the New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board;
    • Larry Steiner – representing Safari Club International-Adirondack/Catskill Chapter; and
    • Dan Owen – representing the New York State Conservation Council.
  • The Board then voted the following individuals to Officer positions:
    • Chair – Bill Schwerd – representing New York 4-H Shooting Sports;
    • Vice Chair – Rick McDermott – representing the Crossbow Coalition;
    • Treasurer – Jason Kemper – representing the New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board; and
    • Secretary – Larry Becker – advisor and general sportsmen’s advocate.
  • NYSAC was formed in 2012 by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) to provide on-the-ground assistance to the bipartisan and bicameral New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

Why it Matters: The New York Sportsmen’s Advisory Council (NYSAC) serves a crucial role in advancing pro-hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and trapping policies in the Empire State. NYSAC and its members serve as New York’s premier collective of organizations fighting on behalf of the state’s sportsmen and women and their sporting heritages. NYSAC provides a solid foundation for synergy amongst conservation groups across New York and its support is critical to the work of the New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.

On Tuesday, July 12, the New York Sportsmen’s Advisory Council (NYSAC) hosted its annual Board meeting, wherein three Board members, Jason Kemper (representing the New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board), Larry Steiner (representing Safari Club International-Adirondack/Catskill Chapter), and Dan Owen (representing the New York State Conservation Council) were reelected by their peers.

Also up for vote were four Officer positions. The Board elected Bill Schwerd (representing New York 4-H Shooting Sports) to serve as Chair, Rick McDermott (representing the Crossbow Coalition) as Vice Chair, Jason Kemper (representing the New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board) to the Treasurer position, and Larry Becker (advisor and general sportsmen’s advocate) as the Secretary.

Over the years, NYSAC has assisted in a wide variety of event planning and policy efforts, and it works to leverage the knowledge and resources of each of the member organizations and individuals to speak in a united voice on matters related to hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping and to support the work of the Caucus.

Prior to the Board and Officer elections, the group discussed recent policy priorities relative to access and opportunities for New York’s hunting and sport shooting traditions. Joe Mullin, Northeastern States Manager for CSF, then provided the latest news on CSF’s efforts on Capitol Hill. Mullin briefly recapped the latest news on: fighting a House Appropriations Committee spending bill that would prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife from using federal funds to issue trophy import permits for elephant and lion trophies from Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; the House’s passage of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act – an effort spearheaded by leaders of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC); and the Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act and its Senate companion (S. 4111) – two CSC led efforts drawing in bipartisan support.

CSF congratulates the recently elected leadership team and looks forward to continued work alongside all NYSAC members and their effort in support of the Caucus.

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