Update on March 19, 2013
We are in the final stretch and we really need your help. Please call your legislators and and tell them it is imperative that they keep their promise to fight to restore full funding for programs for people with developmental disabilities to the budget. Please call Gov Cuomo and tell him that you are not willing to sacrifice our most vulnerable citizens to budget cuts.
The phone number for Governor Cuomo is 518-474-8390.
BUDGET: IF YOU HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR LEGISLATOR, CALL HIM OR HER
Please help us fight to have the 6% cuts restored that threaten to negatively impact services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across our state. If you make a few simple phone calls, leave voicemail messages, or send email messages to your legislators today, they will hear our voice! Our legislators have told us that this has the greatest impact on their decisions. They told us not to let up! Keep the pressure on and stand together. We are getting attention, because we have a concerted effort and we are mobilized.
IT'S NOT OVER YET, BUT IT COULD BE AT ANY TIME, so call asap
The budget was supposed to conclude yesterday or the night before. It didn't. There are a number of issues that have become stuck, including ours. That's good. Too many members aren't willing to give in. But they will fold up if you let up.
Execs. key board people, people who know your legislators, call them - especially Republican Senators, IDC Members (Senators Klein, Carlucci, Smith, Savino, Valasky) and Democratic Assembymembers (also, Senate Democrats are a minority only by a thin margin). Let your legislators know they must keep their promise to you and their constituents. There are a lot of competing interests. Don't let up.
MESSAGE TO YOUR LEGISLATORS: Keep your promise to your constituents with developmental disabilities and their families and all those employees they depend on who work in your district. Please let us know how our request for restoration of the $120 million cut is unfolding. TEll them: The Legislature has so far only designated $40 million for possible restoration. It MUST hold onto that and CAN do much better. DON'T let us down Insist that your legislator advocate with their leadership (Senator Skelo, Senator Klein, Speaker Silver) for the money to do this restoration. Finally, have your local press call your legislator for an update, status report. Local press are following this and can be our greatest advocate as they report back what your local legislator is doing for their district
ASSEMBLY CONTACT INFO GO TO: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/ (http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/)
SENATE CONTACT INFO GO TO: http://www.nysenate.gov/senators (http://www.nysenate.gov/senators)