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  • July 01, 2019 11:27 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Take a listen to SAAGNY Past President, John R. B. Cudahy, CAS, on a Promo Cares podcast talking all things SAAGNY Foundation.

  • July 01, 2019 7:16 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    July 1, 2019…Woodcliff Lake, NJ – The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) hosted their seventh annual Summer Showcase for promotional products distributors and their clients last Tuesday.  The event attracted a record number of exhibitors, distributors, and end-user clients. 

    Traffic on the show floor was brisk from the time the show opened at 10:30 am until it closed at 3:00 pm with over 650 attendees at the show in total.  End-user attendance increased nearly 5% from last year and has more than doubled since the show began.  The show floor was slightly reconfigured this year to accommodate additional exhibitors and sold out with a total of 85+ supplier and multiline representative companies occupying 140+ tables, up from 115 tables in 2016 and 120 tables in 2017.


    “The Saagny summer show is the best – I cannot think of another show that is busy from start to finish!”, said SAAGNY President Paul Sprunk. “Quality end users, interested in learning and buying!  This is the must-do show, of the year.  It is a great value for suppliers and distributors.”    

    Over 210 distributor sales people representing over 80 companies had clients in attendance at the show, which included a “Best In Show” display, featuring favorite items from exhibiting suppliers, a gourmet lunch for all in attendance, an ice cream cart for a sweet afternoon treat, a photo booth to take pictures with your friends and colleagues, and gift bags for the end-users, filled with promotional products from more than ten exhibiting suppliers.

    Remarked SAAGNY Executive Director Donna-Jean Plante: “It was gratifying to see the hard work of the volunteers, board, and staff come together to make this show another successful SAAGNY show.  I look forward to seeing even more distributors and more of their clients at next year’s event.”

    About SAAGNY:  The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) represents the distributors, suppliers and decorators of imprinted promotional products in New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.  The association is primarily engaged in promoting business relationships between and among industry practitioners, providing continuing education to industry practitioners and monitoring legislative activities in the three state capitals and in Washington, DC.

  • June 29, 2019 12:54 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    This is in reference to The Foundation's Pirate Day at Happiness is Camping.

    Unfortunately, we have just been apprised by the Director of the camp regarding "the measles outbreak in the Northeast and the fact that its effects could have a devastating impact on our campers on active treatment. Therefore, we are requiring all visitors to camp to be vaccinated for measles."  According to their Medical Director, it takes 3 weeks for the vaccine to immunize them. Therefore, if any volunteers aren't immunized at this point then, unfortunately, they won't be able to come.

    Sadly, as a result of this unfortunate turn of events, we will cancel the event this year.  We will still deliver the goody bags to Happiness, leaving them with the guard at the entrance, earlier that week.

    Remember, we have another summer event on August 1 at Hilltop School in Haverstraw, NY.  We hope you consider joining us there.

    Very truly yours,

    Idelle Schwinder & Sharon Schiffelhuber

  • June 27, 2019 11:59 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Congrats to the SAAGNY Summer Show winners!  Thank you to all who participated!

    $500 American Express Gift Card - Supplier

    Larry Potter, alphabroder

    $500 American Express Gift Card – Distributor

    Terry Magun, Fresh Concepts

    $500 American Express Gift Card - Client

    Client of Andy Nadel, Pride Products

    Ladies’ Bulova Watch

    Client of Naomi Halpern, Promo Shop

    Men’s Bulova Watch

    Client of Julie Miller, Rutabaga Bag

    BIC Koozie® Chillin' Bluetooth® Speaker Kooler

    Client of Larry Funk, Geiger

  • June 27, 2019 11:52 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    If you were not at Tuesday's SAAGNY Summer Showcase - YOU should have been!  

    SAAGNY held its seventh annual Summer Showcase Tuesday at the Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City.  The show floor was slightly reconfigured this year to accommodate additional exhibitors and sold out again for the seventh straight year!  This year's show included more than 85 supplier and multi-line representative companies occupying more than 140 tables.

    Distributors representing more than 80 companies had their clients in attendance at the show, which included a “Best In Show” display, featuring favorite items from exhibiting suppliers, a gourmet lunch for all in attendance, an ice cream cart for a sweet afternoon treat, a photo booth for pics with your friends and colleagues, and gift bags for the end-users, filled with promotional products from exhibiting suppliers. The evening before the show included a NYC Pub Crawl where suppliers and distributors were able to mix and mingle in a fun atmosphere while visiting four of New York's hottest venues.  


    Thank you to everyone who made these events a huge success!

  • June 17, 2019 1:25 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Below is the letter PPAI wrote to the Governor of New York to urge his veto of the proposed bill which has some similarities to Prop 65.  

    Here’s the link to an article that discusses the bill. The law has passed both chambers of New York’s legislature but reportedly hasn’t been sent to the governor’s office for his signature yet.

    You are encouraged to take action on this by clicking here.


    The Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) is writing to express concerns with Senate bill 501 which proposes to establish chemical reporting and restrictions for children’s products. This bill would create a costly regulatory program that is inconsistent with similar laws in other states, and unnecessary when a new federal law regulating chemicals is currently being implemented.

    PPAI is the not-for-profit trade association representing nearly 16,000 member companies. There are over 1,800 promotional products companies in New York state, providing over 24,000 jobs. The promotional products industry’s economic impact in New York is estimated to be $1.3 billion.

    PPAI commends the sponsor’s interest in assuring that children’s products are safe, and our members share this interest. PPAI supports appropriate and strong children’s safety and chemical regulations at the federal level. However, we have some serious concerns with unique state chemical and product requirements such as those in S 501.

    Ignores existing laws regulating children’s products

    All children’s product sold in the U.S. must also comply with numerous federal safety and environmental regulations under a variety of laws and regulations including:

    ▪ The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) signed into law in 2008,

    ▪ The Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA),

    ▪ The Child Safety Protection Act (CSPA),

    ▪ The Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA),

    ▪ The ASTM Safety Specification on Toys (which was adopted as a mandatory federal standard on February 10, 2009), and

    ▪ The Toxic Substances Control Act.

    These statutes and ensuing regulations administered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission already provide that any children's products that present any hazardous exposure to a child cannot be legally sold in the United States.

    The proposed legislation seeks to restrict several chemicals that are already regulated under existing federal law for children’s products. The CPSA’s preemption provision provides:

    "Whenever a consumer product safety standard under this chapter is in effect and applies to a risk of injury associated with a consumer product, no State or political subdivision of a State shall have any authority

    either to establish or to continue in effect any provision of a safety standard or regulation which prescribes any requirements as to the performance, composition, contents, design, finish, construction, packaging, or labeling of such product which are designed to deal with the same risk of injury associated with such consumer product, unless such requirements are identical to the requirements of the Federal standard".

    If the proposed legislation were to pass, several provisions of the law would be preempted under federal law. PPAI continues to support strong federal regulations for children’s products that are safety-based so fun and safe products can be sold across the nation.

    Additionally, Congress recently passed a law to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and strengthen federal regulation of chemicals in commerce. Under the new law, the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LSCA), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has expanded authority to inventory and review chemicals, and timelines to complete chemicals evaluations. Specifically, all active chemicals must undergo screening for prioritization & possible risk evaluation. High priority chemicals will undergo a full evaluation of hazards, uses and exposures to determine risk and must consider groups like pregnant women, children, the elderly & workers.

    States can take an active role in the new system by directly participating in the risk evaluations or providing input and data to the EPA.

    The recent overhaul of the federal chemicals management system should be given a chance to achieve its goals before states enact new laws continuing a complex patchwork of chemical regulation.

    Inconsistent with other state laws

    The chemical disclosure program proposed in this bill would be inconsistent with similar programs in Washington, Vermont, and Oregon. S501 does not differentiate between chemicals which are intentionally added and those which are contaminants and may be naturally occurring. This difference will make reporting in New York extremely costly and inconsistent.

    Broad Authority and Lack of Scientific Evaluation

    S501 proposes to give the Department of Environmental Conservation broad authority to list chemicals for reporting and restrictions without specific scientific criteria or a safety-based decision-making framework.

    The legislation proposes a system for reporting chemicals that are on the list of “dangerous chemicals” and “chemical of concern” based on the presence of the chemicals without consideration of exposure and risk. The presence of a chemical does not automatically mean it will cause harm. Policies that seek to provide public information and/or restrict the use of certain chemicals or products must be based on credible, safety- based science and should include full consideration of the level of exposure and harm.

    Creates a complex and costly regulatory program

    No amount of money is too great to protect children but increasing costs without increasing safety is a concern for the industry. State-based standards that are inconsistent with international, federal or other state requirements make compliance difficult and costly, threatening the viability of children’s product manufacturers, distributors and retailers in New York. Ensuring compliance with the new requirements of this bill would mandate the creation of extensive data collection and submission systems, additional product testing and require extensive resources for companies and the State.

    The State will be required to implement a chemical assessment, reporting and consumer notification program, and create a complex enforcement system. The resource burden of this program would increase

    over time to continually review and certify products for sale in New York and could jeopardize the viability of many businesses in New York and around the country. 96% of promotional products industry manufacturers and distributors are small businesses. For product manufacturers – especially small and medium sized companies – this type of state-based program is extremely costly and will not result in measurable improvements to public health.

    Additionally, this bill would require the department of state to notify consumers about children's products containing priority chemicals for disclosure. This would further increase the fiscal impact that this legislation would have on the State of New York.

    PPAI urges you to veto this bill.

    On behalf of the over 16,000 members of PPAI, and the promotional products industry in New York, we thank you for your consideration of our concerns. PPAI would be happy to address any questions related to this issue. Please feel free to contact Anne Stone at or 972-258-3041 for more information.

  • June 07, 2019 7:24 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The June SAAGNY Life has arrived.  Click here to get the latest from SAAGNY.     


  • June 06, 2019 4:55 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    With over 275 attendees the Regional Meet N’ Greet at Tun Tavern sponsored by SAAGNY was a great opportunity to mix and mingle with old friends and new.  Thank you to CPPA, VAPPA, and NEPPA for their support of this annual event. 

  • June 06, 2019 1:16 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Members of Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) and their guests kicked off Expo East on Monday with a long-standing and beloved tradition—the golf tournament. This year’s Lenore Goldberg Memorial Golf Outing was held at the Stockton Seaview Golf Club with 12 foursomes teeing off at noon under breezy, blue skies. The first-place winning team was comprised of Dave Atlas, Henry Fajardo, Dan Torre, and Jack Geiger.

    The event was named to honor the late Lenore Goldberg who was a legendary volunteer for the regional association and served as president in 2005-2006.

    Proceeds from the event benefit The SAAGNY Foundation, Inc., which was established in 1995 to provide educational scholarships, general assistance, and a means for the promotional products industry to engage the community through charitable endeavors and activities. The foundation routinely hosts various charitable events, primarily for children in the tri-state area. These events include a full day of activities at Happiness is Camping, a sleep-away camp for children with cancer, and a full day of activities at the Hilltop School, a school for children facing a variety of learning, social and emotional difficulties.

  • May 31, 2019 2:06 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Spread Some Happiness With Us!


    Join Us for Two Days of Service!

    Each year The SAAGNY Foundation volunteers visit Happiness is Camping, a sleep-away camp in western New Jersey for children with cancer and their siblings.  This annual excursion - complete with carnival games, activities, arts and crafts, and lots of fun - is always pirate themed.  This year The SAAGNY Foundation will be visiting 

    Happiness is Camping
    Thursday, July 11

    We are  looking for volunteers - we hope you will join us for this very rewarding day!  For further information please email

    The SAAGNY Foundation will be visiting Hilltop School, Haverstraw, NY for a day of fun activities to spread happiness and new experiences.

    Hilltop School 
    Thursday, August 1

    The Hilltop school is for children facing a variety of learning, social, and emotional difficulties. who face a variety of learning challenges. The program provides a predictable and positive learning environment so that students are able to acquire the skills necessary for both academic and social success. The SAAGNY Foundation through a variety of planned activities exposes students to a fun day of just being kids!

    We are  looking for volunteers - we hope you will join us for this very rewarding day!  For further information please email



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