Governor Cuomo is currently crafting his executive budget for the coming fiscal year which means that now is the right time for library advocates to speak up for library aid! Take 3 minutes out of your day to send a message to the Governor through the New York Library Association’s Online Advocacy Center.
A message from Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York Library Association (NYLA):
We have not gotten any assurances that library funding is secure. In 2014, the last legislative election year, Governor Cuomo cut $4M in library aid as a negotiating tactic with the legislature. Now, with an upcoming election year, library aid is again subject to these same negotiating tactics. The $5M in extra funding we worked so hard to get during this year’s budget is uncertain at best. This is unacceptable.
TAKE ACTION NOW and tell the Governor that library aid should be INCREASED, not CUT. Use NYLA’s pre-drafted letter to voice your support for fully funding NYS Library Aid in the FY 2016-2017 Budget. After you submit your zip code you will have the opportunity to view and EDIT the pre-drafted letter. The NYLA OAC submits your message directly to the Governor’s inbox.