Greetings New York Library Community,
Both the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly have released their one house budget bills, which signals the final stretch before adoption of the state budget.
- State Library Aid: +$8M over Governor’s Executive Budget ($99.6M total)
- State Library Construction Aid: +$15m ($29M total)
- State Library Aid: +$4M over Governor’s Executive Budget ($95.6M total)
- State Library Construction Aid: +$15m ($25M total)
These adds are a testament to the hard word 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.
TAKE ACTION NOW! Use our pre-drafted letter to voice your support for fully funding NYS Library Aid in FY 2017-2018 Budget.
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 our pre-drafted letter. Our system determines your elected representatives based on your address, and submits your message directly to their inbox. Copies are also sent to key members of the Legislature.
SHARE this information widely – this is our last chance to be heard!
Make good use of your ‘snow day’ (if you have one) and send in a letter and share this with a friend!
New York Library Association
6021 State Farm Road
Guilderland, NY 12084