Good morning all,
Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of NYLA, urges us all to contact your legislators to support full funding of NYS State Aid for libraries and library systems.
TAKE ACTION NOW! Use the NYLA pre-drafted letter to contact your legislators.
Even if you have already written to your representative, please follow this link to send this NEW message to your legislators that library funding is NOT NEGOTIABLE!
After you submit your name and address you will have the opportunity to view and EDIT the pre-drafted letter. The NYLA system determines your elected representatives based on your address, and submits your message directly to their inbox. Copes are also sent to key members of the Legislature.
The NYS Senate and NYS Assembly have released their one house budget bills, which signals the final stretch before adoption of the State Budget.
The Senate’s budget proposal calls for:
State Library Aid: +$8M over Governor’s Executive Budget ($99.6M total)
State Library Construction Aid: +$15M ($29M total)
The Assembly’s budget proposal calls for:
State Library Aid: +$4M ($95.6M total)
State Library Construction Aid: +$11M ($25M total)
These “adds” are a testament to the hard work and commitment of New York’s library advocates. Thanks to your efforts, we currently have support in each house heading into final negotiations with the Governor. But, remember these numbers are mere proposals, and nothing is assured. Unless we convince the legislature to dig in and defend library funding, we still face Governor Cuomo’s funding cuts!
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DEFEND LIBRARY FUNDING – NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT! We are counting on you to ensure the legislature fights for libraries as negotiations take shape.
Robert Hubsher Executive Director Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) 619 Route 17M Middletown, NY, 10940-4395 Telephone: 845-243-3747 extension 242 Fax: 845-243-3739 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.rcls.org