Advocacy Resources

Advocacy:​ ​​

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.

Current Library Advocacy Issues

Governor Cuomo has cut $322,286 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:

2018-2019 State Library Aid – Email New York State Senate and Assembly representatives using a pre-authored message by the New York Library Association to restore and increase Library Aid.

Show Your Support for Libraries

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.

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

Congressman Tom Reed

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Charles Schumer

Thank you for your participation and ongoing support of Southern Tier libraries!