In partnership with RAC-NY and Neighbors Link, Temple Beth El’s Social Justice Committee presents:
Green Light New York: Drivers Licenses for All New Yorkers
Join us at Temple Beth El for a panel discussion regarding the campaign to win equal access to drivers licenses for immigrants in NY. Bradley M. Pryba, Principal in the Albany office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link, will join us to discuss the important issues concerning legislation to ensure that New York’s “Standard Licenses” be accessible to all state residents, regardless of immigration status. Twelve states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have passed similar legislation, including Vermont and Connecticut.
Bradley M. Pryba is a Principal in the Albany, New York office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice includes government relations and advocacy work throughout New York State and New York City government. He has advanced legislation in the New York State Legislature, handled administrative matters with various State agencies, and interacted with local elected officials and agencies on behalf of a varied roster of clients spanning multiple industries including accounting firms, pharmaceutical corporations, correctional medicine providers, professional associations, manufacturers, food importers and nonprofit organizations.
Mr. Pryba dedicates a substantial portion of his time to navigating the various program offices within the New York State Education department. As such he advises licensed professions in New York State before the New York State Board for Public Accountancy, the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine, and the New York State Board for Psychology, to name a few. He also works with the Office of Special Education interfacing with key staff members at all levels of the New York State Education Department to help achieve client goals.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis P.C., Mr. Pryba was employed by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants as chief legal officer, where he managed the day-to day legal needs of the association, headed the Societys professional ethics program, frequently lectured on professional ethics for certified public accountants, and served as a New York State and federal registered lobbyist responsible for governmental affairs programming. Before his time at the NYSSCPA, Mr. Pryba litigated matters dealing with general and product liability, patent infringement and medical malpractice.
While attending law school, in conjunction with the St. Johns Refugee and Immigrant Rights clinic, Mr. Pryba served as a law clerk at the Department of Immigrant Services for Catholic Charities in New York where he handled asylum claims at the trial and appellate levels.
Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link, has a strong personal connection to the Neighbors Link mission of strengthening the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants. As a first generation American born of immigrant parents from Bolivia, Carola understands the challenges that accompany the immigrant experience in America and is dedicated to inspiring healthy integration in the community. Carola is bilingual and bicultural and is driven by her passion for empowering immigrant families and advocating for personal growth through education and economic development.
During Carola's tenure, Neighbors Link has become a leader in designing, implementing and directing community-based, bilingual educational and cultural awareness training programs. Furthermore, with her guidance and leadership, the organization has quadrupled in size in 10 years and is strategically scaling the Neighbors Link model in communities that are ready to embrace our mission.
Before becoming Executive Director of Neighbors Link in April of 2004, Carola spent 12 years of her career gaining experience in financial management with General Electric Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Time Warner. She holds an MBA from Duke University and currently serves on the boards of the National Council for Workforce Education, Nonprofit Westchester, and the New York Immigration Coalition. She previously served on the board of Northern Westchester Hospital.
Carola is recognized as an expert on immigration issues in the New York Metropolitan area. She has received numerous awards and recognitions. Most recently, she was honored at the Pace Immigration Law Society's Persistence Dinner for being a warrior in the immigration field.
Providing leadership and vision for Neighbors Link is something Carola sees as her life’s work and she often says it is a privilege to be in her position as executive director.