On November 21st the Governor vetoed four bills representing critical issues to people with developmental disabilities and their families. The vetoes were a disappointment but they represent a beginning rather than an ending. With the Governor’s budget proposal due at the end of next month, the vetoes represent an opportunity. We need to reach out to the media, the public and, most importantly, to the Legislature and the Governor. They need to address the exploding crisis faced by families because New York State has effectively stopped developing new supports and services for people with developmental disabilities who are living at home with aging family members.
Mobilize your families to send letters to the Governor,
State Senator and Assemblymember NOW!
· Family members must urge their State Senator and Assemblymember to let the Governor know that it is important to their constituents that additional funding for critically needed residential and day supports and services be included in his 2015-2016 Executive Budget.
· Let Governor Cuomo know that there is an exploding crisis. Many families are desperate for day and/or residential supports and services for their loved ones with developmental disabilities.
· Urge Governor Cuomo to include additional funding for these supports and services in his Executive Budget.
Legislators need to hear from their constituents NOW!
They must be reminded that the Governor vetoed four bills that were passed by the legislature without a single negative vote. Family members must tell them that they expect them to continue to support the key issue these bills represent. They need to reach out to the Governor and their leaders and advocate for a budget that addresses supports and services for people living at home. A sample message for legislators is attached and will be posted on the new Engage Action Alert tool on the NYSARC website.
The link below will allow family members, advocates and professionals to send the letters directly from the site to the Governor and their Assemblymember and Senator. They can also sign a petition and share their stories. Talking points and other background material is also available and may be helpful to those who want to write their own letters.
Finally a sample letter to the editor is available. Local press contact whether by letter, editorial or news story is extremely important.
Click http://cqrcengage.com/nysarc/Hom to send emails to the Governor, your Senator and Assemblymember.
Remember to click the link and sign the petition to Governor Cuomo!
We need to start influencing the Governor’s budget proposal – now expected out about January 27th – and to continue influencing the budget until it is passed.