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The Blockchain Association Opens Office in Albany, New York

March 24, 2022

The Blockchain Association, a trade association headquartered in Washington, DC, recently announced that it is expanding with the addition of an office in Albany, New York. The new office is an important one, as New York is a center for both the global financial system and a growing and robust cryptocurrency sector. Collaborating with and educating the nation’s top regulatory leadership will be key for the continued growth of the industry, said the association, confirming that it plans to begin to work on regulatory issues at the state level.

The Blockchain Association noted that it is essential that state regulators understand the challenges and opportunities that come with New York being the only state to require licensing of blockchain technologies and as the industry continues to grow, policy should reflect that growth.

To lead the group’s efforts in New York, the Blockchain Association has hired John Olsen, who most recently served as senior vice president of state government affairs for the Internet Association (IA). He successfully opened the second state government affairs office in the country for IA in Albany when he first joined the association. With the Blockchain Association, John will make use of existing relationships with policymakers and build new ones, share information with the Washington office and Blockchain Association member companies, and work with the DC-based team to develop New York State-specific policies and messaging on key issues, including Bitlicense reform and Bitcoin mining legislation.

“I’m thrilled to join the team at the Blockchain Association in its efforts to educate and advocate on behalf of companies representing the digital services of the future,” said Olsen in a statement. “Establishing an office in Albany is the logical next step for an organization that has grown exponentially in the past few years and I’m excited to begin the work of bringing blockchain technology and cryptocurrency to the forefront of the discussions among policymakers.”

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Edited by Luke Bellos



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