Welcome to the SAG-AFTRA New York Local! We represent members working in the state of New York, as well as Northern New Jersey and Western Connecticut.

Dear Member,

“Members united will never be divided!”

This basic but heartfelt chant from a recent strike rally at BBH headquarters is a statement that rings true about everything we do to advance the cause of SAG-AFTRA members. Thanks to your efforts and advocacy, New York has extended the Film and Tax Credit Program to 2024! That’s five more years of robust film and TV production in New York, and lots of great union jobs.

This excellent news wouldn’t have been possible if you hadn’t answered our call to action. This is a huge victory and a vindication of months of work with lawmakers. I am so grateful and proud to have worked with you all to make this happen. On every trip I made to Albany, I had the force and strength of every New York member standing with me.

If you’re wondering how much of a difference incentives make, consider this: Prior to the incentives, New York was home to Law & Order and a few other productions. Crazy as it may sound, when a movie was made about the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the filmmakers substituted Toronto for the Big Apple. Since then, the incentives have ignited a vibrant production scene, with some 91 shows shooting in 2017.

As a filming location, the New York region has a lot going for it. It offers iconic urban and rural landscapes, small towns, mountains, cliff s, seashores, lakes, rivers and streams. It has a deep talent pool and crew base, ready and willing to work. The tax incentives serve as the final, pivotal element needed to attract production.

Crucial for working actors in the New York area, the incentives make financial sense for the state as well, but it took our deeds to make them a reality. There are so many exciting things going on in our union, but none of this would have been possible without the support of our engaged, well-informed membership. 

Onward together,

Rebecca Damon
Executive Vice President and New York President

The New York Local delegates take over the convention floor at the 2019 SAG-AFTRA National Convention.

SAG-AFTRA executive officers at the end of convention. From left, National Vice President, Recording Artists/Singers Dan Navarro; National Vice President, Los Angeles Clyde Kusatsu; Secretary-Treasurer Camryn Manheim; President Gabrielle Carteris; Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon; National Vice President, Small Locals Suzanne Burkhead; National Vice President, New York Liz Zazzi; and National Vice President, Mid-Sized Locals Michele Proude, National Vice President, Broadcasters Bob Butler. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

President Gabrielle Carteris receives a standing ovation during her address to the delegates. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White addresses delegates during the second day of convention. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

The 2019 SAG-AFTRA National Convention delegation. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

Camryn Manheim during her first address as SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

National Vice President, Actors/Performers Bill Charlton discusses a resolution on the convention floor.

From left, Executive Vice President and N.Y. Local President Rebecca Damon, President Gabrielle Carteris and Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland display their George Heller awards.

National Board member and chair of the SAG-AFTRA Diversity Advisory Committee Jason George with host and SAG-AFTRA member Sydelle Noell on the red carpet at Casino Unconventionale, SAG-AFTRA’s biennial evening gala.

Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon discusses digital image rights and defending SAG-AFTRA’s core values during her EVP speech. (Photo by Amy Tierney/SAG-AFTRA)

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