Reach Out to the Governor and State Legislators
The Issue: The Governor’s proposed budget contains an increase in the state’s minimum wage. The proposal
does not include necessary public funds to support the minimum wage increases for Direct Support Professionals, special education staff and other low-wage workers whose rate is set by the State.
Staff who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health issues and other disabilities deserve wage increases however funds need to accompany state mandated increases. Advocacy is important and timely. Therefore, participation in this effort is important. You can do this in one or two ways:
What Can You Do?: Call and/or write the Governor, your State Senator,h and your State Assemblymember this week.
The message is simple: We support increases in the state’s minimum wage and respectfully urge Governor Cuomo to fund the Executive Budget proposal. Such funding is critical to the health, safety and well-being of people with I/DD, behavioral health issues and other disabilities. It’s the right thing to do for our dedicated and caring workforce.
Here’s how to share your message:
Call the Governor’s Office at (518) 474 -1041 and press 3 to speak to an assistant.
Another way to contact the Governor and State Legislators is to use the IAC’s website to automatically send emails and find your local legislators to urge the Governor to fund his minimum wage proposal in the 30-day budget amendments. To use the IAC action function, go to; http://capwiz.com/iacny/home/
Once you click the link, click on the box that says “take action”. If you want printed letters click the circle on the right next to “printed letters” then fill in the sender information.
Note: It is especially important that the Governor hears from Direct Support Professionals, Education staff, and other low-wage workers.
Send this message to your staff, families and groups. As a constituent,f you are very important to the Governor and your elected officials and it’s important to advocate for the issues that are important to you.
Printed letters can also be generated and sent to:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224