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The Empire State Marine Trades Association[The Empire State Marine Trades Association] (ESMTA) is dedicated to advancing the interests of the marine trades industry in New York State. Incorporated in 1975, the Association consists of seven regional marine trades organizations that have joined together to exchange ideas and information; further cooperation and friendship between members; and develop mutually beneficial services such as public relations, legislative interests, and group insurance. The ESMTA promotes the general welfare of the marine industry throughout New York State; and advances the safe and proper use of boats, marine accessories, and facilities through means consistent with the public interest and welfare


Tim Sheridan


Sheridan & Associates

NYS Governmental Solutions

118 Lancaster Street

Albany NY 12210

Being on a boat that’s moving through the water, it’s so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what’s important and what’s not.
— James Taylor

Some Incredible Things We've Achieved

  • Developed a communication network for marinas across New York State.

  • Improved the safety programs for new and experienced boaters and hobbyist

  • Developed resources and services for the boating industry of New York

  • Created a membership network of trusted suppliers, services and more.

  • Modified legislature to protect water networks in New York.

  • Transformed the way boaters understand their rights and responsibilities.

  • Elevated the safety standards for the Northeast marine industry.

The 2018 Empire State Marine Trades Association

Safety Summit 2018

This October, our association gathered in Albany to discuss with industry professionals and state representatives to be the voice of commercial and recreational boaters and marine facilities in New York State. We discussed action to help our marine tradesmen promote education resources, business resources, health of our waterways and what aggressive measures we can take as an association to advocate for safety on a state wide level.

We actively lobby for the boaters and marine professionals that encompass our membership to continue our legislative success as the most powerful entity that advocates for these businesses. We’ve followed through with our points of interest and action items from our last assembly in March to ensure that the topics of concern remain at the forefront of our initiatives.

From here we plan to continue this incredible momentum through fall elections to provide results on these issues with our next advocacy meeting in March of 2019. For members unable to attend our meeting this October, your voice was loud and clear.