NYBFAA hires lobbyist

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Friday, September 1, 2006

ALBANY, N.Y.--The New York Burglar & Fire Alarm Association accomplished one of president Tim Creenan's stated goals this spring with the hiring of Jim McCulley, of McCulley and Associates, as legislative lobbyist. McCulley, while working for a different law firm in the early 1990s, learned the industry through his work on Article 6D, the legislation that guides the licensing of New York state security and fire alarm installers.
"We interviewed three different firms," Creenan said. McCulley "was the most familiar with our industry."
And that very legislation is the focus of one of McCulley's new missions. Creenan, who is the chief executive officer of Amherst Alarms, in Amherst, New York, said industry members in New York are concerned about the enforcement of the licensing law. "We'd like to see that get tighter and stricter," he said. "So we're working on ways to enhance enforcement."
Beyond that, Creenan said the NYBFAA's board is currently working on an agenda of items that are important for McCulley to address with New York legislators. Creenan characterized them mostly as "preventative measures. We don't want to be caught unaware of things that affect our industry, especially because of the state we're in, New York, and the heightened awareness of homeland security. If things do come up, we want to get our opinions known."
In other NYBFAA news, the Security America Risk Retention Group honored the association for having the most member companies participating in the insurance program of all the state charter associations of the NBFAA.