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January 29, 2018 – Albany, NY  Lobby Day 


Representatives from the Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs) and the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA) converged on the Capitol to meet with over 68 legislators to ask for 1.7 million in the 2018-19 State Budget to fund a Family Services Initiative to support services at all 20 CDRCs across New York State. 

CRDCs serve all 62 New York State counties and annually contribute more than $2.3 million in donated time by professionally trained volunteer mediators.  These cost effective, community-based programs provides access to justice by giving people the tools to address conflict peacefully and productively. 

Many thanks to the CDRC representatives who made the trip to Albany, and to the legislative members who took time out of their busy schedules to support our efforts.  Thank you!  




The NYSDRA Board of Directors welcomes

Ms. Regina Ritcey as the

new NYSDRA Executive Director

effective December 15, 2017.

Regina Ritcey has worked in the Dispute Resolution field for over 25 years, engaged in a variety of roles including mediating, training, and directing mediation programs in a range of settings including at the American Arbitration Association, various community dispute resolution programs, both in California and New York, and as a staff mediator with the New York City Family Court’s Child Permanency Mediation Program. Regina is a trained divorce mediator and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York. Regina is a graduate of Boston College (A.B.) and the University of San Francisco, School of Law (J.D.), where she was a Teaching Assistant for the law school’s mediation clinic, and clerked at the United States Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division. She is admitted to the New York Bar.

Congratulations Regina!


A special thank you to all who sponsored,

supported, and attended our 2017 NYSDRA

Annual Conference! 

Click here to see photos from the Conference.


To read the Keynote Speech of Joe Popcun, please click here.



Please save the dates for the 2018 NYSDRA Conference!  

October 22 -24, 2018

Saratoga Springs, NY

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