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Advocacy is defined as “public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.” For our libraries, advocacy is an essential statement of support and appreciation that ensures free and equal access to information, knowledge, and independent learning for all.
Governor Cuomo has cut $191,760 in Library Aid to Southern Tier Libraries. Click on the link below to help our State Senate and Assembly representatives advocate to restore Library Aid, and increase it in proportion to School Aid.
Take action here:
This page is intended to connect Southern Tier residents with state and federal representatives. It also highlights current library issues you can weigh-in on as a library supporter. Feel free to use these links to voice your opinions regarding matters that concern you most.
Meet with your legislators in person to discuss library issues! Free transportation provided. Legislators always listen closely to their own constituents, so it is critical that we bring a diverse group of library staff, trustees, and patrons to help us make our case.
Take a moment to contact your elected officials to let them know just how much your library means to you! Not sure what to say? Here are some suggestions.
State Representative’s Websites
Senator Catharine Young (Represents STLS libraries in Allegany County)
Senator Thomas O’Mara (Represents STLS libraries in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben & Yates counties)
Assemblyman Philip Palmesano (Represents STLS libraries in Addison, Avoca, Bath, Branchport, Canisteo, Corning, Dundee, Hammondsport, Hector, Howard, Middlesex, Montour Falls, Odessa, Penn Yan, Pulteney, Rushville, Savona and Watkins Glen) Also serves on the Assembly Standing Committee of Libraries & Education Technology.
Assemblyman Joseph Errigo (Represents STLS libraries in Arkport, Atlanta, Cohocton, Hornell, Prattsburgh and Wayland)
Assemblyman Christopher Friend (Represents STLS libraries in Chemung County)
Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (Represents STLS libraries in Allegany County, Greenwood and Jasper)
Federal Representative’s Websites
Thank you for your participation and ongoing support of Southern Tier libraries!