April 2012 Update
On March 6th 2012 Library advocates from around the state meet in Albany to review with their legislators the issues confronting libraries. Pictured here with New York Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins from Westchester County is Elise Burke, Westchester Library System, Deb Coppola, Director (retired) Tuckahoe Public Library, Donna Pesce, YA librarian, Chappaqua Public Library, Tish Fontanella, LTA & Westchester Library System trustee, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Tom Geoffino, Director, New Rochelle Public Library Director, Maureen Petry, Director Warner Public Library (Tarrytown).
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6, Albany, NY
The annual day for Advocacy is March 6th. We need you to participate. What can you discuss with your legislators?
There is a great deal to talk about, including-
- Increased use of libraries with decreases in funding
The Governor has issued his budget and now Trustee’s need to speak out.
- Funding levels have been cut 23% over the past three years and are now at levels below those of 1994
Legislators set aside this day to listen to the Library community. So, you need to be there.
Check this NYLA web-site for information and plans for the day
Call your Library System to be a part of their arrangements for meetings with legislators.
- Some Systems are sending buses; join them, or car pool.
- Let your system know you are going.
Attend with your Director, staff members, Friends of the Library.
- Legislators need to know that trustees are a committed force for our community’s libraries
Stop by the LTA table after registration for your TRUSTEE sticker, before you visit your Legislators.
Help to inform our legislators and to let them know we are in need of their support.