Communication Services Forges New Partnership

At the October 2018 New England Library Association conference, Communication Services president, Libby Post, struck up a conversation with a robotics vendor, Michael Radice, chairman of the technology advisory board for ChartaCloud ROBOTTECA. ChartaCloud ROBOTTECA is the leading provider of the NAO robot and the world's leading provider of specialized use case software for the NAO robot to libraries, schools and children's pediatric hospitals. But, they needed to find a way to help t...
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Electoral Wins in November

Both of Communication Services' electoral clients won their campaigns this November. Bryan Clenahan will be Guilderland's new Town Justice and Dan Coffey will serve on the Bethlehem Town Board starting in January. Bryan Clenahan After serving a number of terms on the Albany County Legislature, Bryan threw his hat into the ring for Guilderland Town Justice. We worked with Bryan from the beginning of his campaign providing strategy, branding, messaging, targeting and direct mail fo...
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Firm President a Finalist for Professional Women in Advocacy Excellence in State Advocacy Award

Libby Post, Communication Services president, has been named a finalist by Professional Women in Advocacy for a State Advocacy Award for her work on behalf of the New York State Animal Protection Federation. Communication Services runs the Federation and Post serves as its contracted Executive Director. Post is one of three women who made the final cut out of a number of nominations. The Excellence in a State Campaign Award highlights an effort where advocates successfully impacted the out...
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Big Win for Johnstown Public Library

For close to a year, Communication Services worked with the Johnstown Public Library in anticipation of a vote to create a library district. On Tuesday, June 5th, the Library won it's vote with 73% of the vote. The Library's funding will now be stable and sustainable. And, the community will have representation through an elected board of trustees. The work began with a series of Communication Services-led focus groups to rebrand the Library. A new logo was developed with a new tagline--It Al...
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2018 Legislative Session Full of Wins for Our Lobbying Client

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Communication Services only lobbies for one client--the New York State Animal Protection Federation. We also run the organization. This session saw our entire legislative agenda get through both houses of the State Legislature.  We’ve outlawed pet leasing. Cut the hold time for unidentified cats. And, changed SPCA peace officer residency requirements for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and the Humane Society of the Hudson Valley. We also got another $5 million in the State Budget for the Com...
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Success for Clients in NYS Executive Budget

$5 million for animal shelter capital project and protecting how mental health services are delivered in New York State. These are what Communication Services helped deliver for our clients in this year's state budget process. Communication Services runs the New York State Animal Protection Federation, the organization that represents all the animal shelters in New York. For the second year in a row, we were successful in getting $5 million into the budget for the Companion Animal Capital Fun...
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Public Education v. Advocacy–an important distinction for library trustees

This piece appeared in the November 2017 issue of Trustee Hotline, published by Library Journal.  This fall, the director of the New Jersey Library Association asked me to put together a list of public education/advocacy dos and don’ts for library trustees, staff and friends. These are important not only so library supporters can stay on the right side of the law, but in order for everyone involved—trustees, Friends, or staff—to effectively run their campaigns, whether they are leaders or par...
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Ringing in the New Year with Oaths of Office

With the new year comes the swearing in of elected officials who were successful in the November 2017 cycle. Communication Services is happy to celebrate with our winning candidates: Holly Trexler, Albany City Court Judge Vicky Plotsky, Albany County Legislature Maureen Cunningham, Bethlehem Town Board Communication Services ran Trexler's campaign which saw her come in #2 in the September primary and then be the number 1 votegetter in the November election. We wrote and produced di...
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2017 Primary Victories

Judge Holly Trexler Wins Ten Year Term! Our innovative direct mail coupled with Communication Services' political management team of Libby Post and Sheila Healy shepherded Judge Holly Trexler to victory in the seven-way primary for Albany City Court Judge. Appointed to the bench after an arduous interview process, Trexler had to run for a full ten-year term. Running for one of three open seats, we branded Trexler as the "justice" judge. Every piece of literature, every Facebook post, every vide...
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