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The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA New York Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA New York Local
April 2016


The New York Local Professional Representatives Department has new contact information.

To better facilitate handling your questions, we’ve created an email address or you can call 212-863-4230 for phone inquiries. Contact us to find out if an agent is franchised with SAG-AFTRA, if you need help interpreting a contract or resolving a dispute, or if you have any questions or concerns about your relationship with your agent or manager. You can also learn more about what our department offers on the web page here.

A Message from N.Y. Local Exec Director Jeffrey Bennett

Hello New York! I am honored and excited to have been selected as your new executive director of the SAG-AFTRA New York Local. I appreciate the confidence that Local President Mike Hodge and the New York Board have shown in me, and I look forward to working with your elected leaders in serving our talented and diverse membership.

I have been with the Screen Actors Guild and SAG-AFTRA for 15 years. I worked many jobs prior to working at SAG, but my career truly began when SAG hired me a business representative in 2001. I knew I had found a home, and I have felt that way ever since. Prior to assuming the role of executive director, I served as the chief deputy general counsel, legal and government affairs, and I will continue to serve in that role. My work in legal and government affairs focuses on collective bargaining enforcement and advocating for policy initiatives that benefit our membership. I was heavily involved in fighting for the New York production tax incentives, which have proven tremendously successful, and I am committed to seeing those incentives continue.

I am fortunate to oversee an incredibly dedicated and hard-working staff. Like National Executive Director David White, I consider member service a top priority. I want to make sure the New York Local is responsive to the needs and concerns of all our members, in every category, under every collective bargaining agreement. It is a challenging and exciting time in our industry. I am confident the New York Local will set the standard for meeting those challenges and continuing the great legacies of AFTRA and SAG. There is much that we can accomplish in New York!