The Central NY Library Resources Council supports libraries in Herkimer, Madison, Oneida & Onondaga counties and advocates for libraries everywhere!

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CLRC’s Role

CLRC’s advocacy objective is to educate librarians and library assistants in effective advocacy skills to use on behalf of their libraries, and to keep them informed regarding the status of legislation affecting their library’s ability to serve their patrons.

Legislative Breakfasts

The 2013 advocacy breakfasts were a huge success! Check out our Facebook page (“like” us while you’re there) and see the pictures of CLRC members interacting with their legislators in Utica and Syracuse.  As in past years, we began each day with a continental breakfast and a bit of socializing, followed by the ever-popular “legislator speed dating.”  This format is a round-robin way to meet with each legislator. Listen for the bell, move to the next table, spread the word. If you didn’t get a chance to join us this year, be sure to watch for opportunities to join us in 2014!

Advocacy Day

Our statewide Advocacy Day, which CLRC does in conjunction with our professional partners at NYLA, is on February 26, 2014.  Please note that this year, it’s on a Thursday and it starts a little later than usual.  What hasn’t changed is that CLRC will once again be sponsoring a bus for local librarians to hop on board and head to Albany to thank our legislators for all they do in support of libraries.  Prior to Advocacy Day, CLRC is sponsoring Public Speaking for Library Advocacy with speech coach, Peter Iglinski.

Turning the Page

The Public Library Association has created a free, self-paced, interactive advocacy training program called Turning the Page.  NYLA will be doing a six-week long webinar series with Libby Post that uses this program.  If you would like to take part as a group, CLRC will be hosting group viewings at our Syracuse office. Sign up for the first session here!


Or see our Upcoming Events page for more information on how to register for all of these great advocacy opportunities!

Contact Information For Your Local Legislator


District Legislator Local Address & Phone Albany Address & Phone
A.121 William Magee (D)
COUNTY: Madison,
Oneida, Otsego
214 Farrier Ave, PO Box 417
Oneida, NY 13421
(315) 361-4125
828 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-4807
A. 101 Claudia Tenney (R-C-I)
COUNTY: Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego,
Delaware, Sullivan, Orange
4747 Middle Settlement Road, PO Box 627
New Hartford, NY 13413
(315) 736-3947
426 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-5334
A. 119 Anthony Brindisi (D)
COUNTY: Oneida, Herkimer
State Office Building
207 Genesee Street, Room 401
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 732-1055
427 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-5454
A. 118 Marc Butler (R-C-I)
COUNTY: Herkimer, Oneida, Fulton,
Hamilton, St. Lawrence
235 North Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350
(315) 866-1632
318 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-5393
A. 117 Kenneth Blankenbush (R)
COUNTY: Oneida, Lewis, Jefferson,
St. Lawrence
15 Bridge Street
West Carthage, NY 13619
(315) 493-3909
430 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-5797
A. 128 Sam Roberts (D)
COUNTY: Onondaga
711 East Genesee Street, Suite 2
Syracuse, New York 13210
(315) 449-9536
510 Capitol Bldg
Albany, NY 12248
Phone: (518) 455-5383
A. 129 William Magnarelli (D)
COUNTY: Onondaga
333 E. Washington Street
State Office Building, Room 840
Syracuse NY 13202
(315) 428-9651
837 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-4826
A. 127 Albert Stirpe, Jr. (D)
COUNTY: Onondaga
5711 South Bay Road
Cicero, NY 13039
(315) 452-1115
656 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-4505
A. 120 William A. Barclay (R)
COUNTY: Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson
200 North Second Street
Fulton, NY 13069
(315) 598-5185
521 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-5841
A. 126 Gary Finch (R)
COUNTY: Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland,
69 South Street
Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 255-3045
448 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-5878
S. 47 Joseph A. Griffo (R)
COUNTY: Oneida, Lewis,
St. Lawrence, Frankiln
207 Genesee Street, Rm. 408
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 793-9072 F
612 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-3334
S.53 David J. Valesky (D)
COUNTY: Onondaga, Madison, Oneida
805 State Office Bldg
333 E. Washington Street
Syracuse NY 13202
(315) 478-8745
311 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-2838
S. 50 John A. DeFrancisco (R)
COUNTY: Onondaga, Cayuga
800 State Office Bldg
333 E. Washington Street
Syracuse NY 13202
(315) 428-7632
416 Capitol Bldg
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-3511
S. 51 James L. Seward (R-C-I)
COUNTY: Herkimer, Otsego, Schoharie,
Delaware, Ulster, Chenango, Cortland
Tompkins, Cayuga
41 South Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 432-5524
430 Capitol Bldg
Albany NY 12247
(518) 455-3131
S. 49 Hugh Farley (R)
COUNTY: Herkimer, Hamilton, Fulton,
Saratoga, Schenectady
2430 Riverfront Center
Amsterdam, NY 12010
United States
(518) 843-2188
711 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany NY 12247
(518) 455-2181
C. 22 Richard Hanna (R)
COUNTY: Oneida, Herkimer, Madison,
Oswego, Cortland, Chenango, Broome, Tioga
258 Genesee St.
Utica. NY 13502
(315) 724-9740
319 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3665
C. 24 Dan Maffei (D)
COUNTY: Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Wayne
100 North Salina Street
1 Clinton Square
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 423-5657
422 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3701
C. 21 Bill Owens (D)
COUNTY: Herkimer, Hamilton, Fulton, Warren
Washington, Saratoga, Essex, Clinton
Franklin, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Jefferson
120 Washington Street, Suite 200
Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 782-3150
405 Cannon House Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20515-3223
(202) 225-4611
C. 20 Kristen Gillibrand (D) 100 South Clinton Street
Room 1470, P.O. Box 7378
Syracuse, NY 13261
(315) 448-0470
Washington, DC Office
478 Russell
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-4451
C. 20 Charles Schumer (D) 100 South Clinton Street
Room 841
Syracuse, NY 13261- 7318
(315) 423-5471
Washington D.C.
322 Hart Senate Office
Washington D.C. 20510
(202) 224-6542
Honorable Andrew Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-8390
Juanita Williams
Syracuse Regional Representative,
Governor Cuomo
NYS Dept of Labor
450 South Salina Street, Room 302
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 727-2719
Charles Greco
Utica Regional Representative,
Governor Cuomo
State Office Building
207 Genesee Street, Room 707
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 793-2535
Jeff Cannell
Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education
The University of the State of New York
NY State Education Dept.,Office of Cultural Ed.
Cultural Education Center, Room 10A33
Albany, NY 12230
(518) 474-5976


CLRC’s Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee assists staff in developing activities and projects that further the advocacy objectives. These include hosting annual legislative breakfasts throughout the four-county region, organizing an annual bus trip to Albany on Library Advocacy Day and arranging local visits to legislators’ offices. CLRC works with local politicians to facilitate communications between representatives and constituents. CLRC advocacy events bring librarians to their legislators. Together, we can explain and demonstrate the value of libraries to elected officials so that they continue to support us.

CLRC also works closely with the New York Library Association in promoting statewide legislative goals for libraries of all types.

Advocacy Calendar

In the first week of March, CLRC sponsors and organizes a bus to drive library supporters from Central New York to Albany for Library Advocacy Day (formerly referred to as Lobby Day).

On the first two Fridays of December, CLRC hosts legislative breakfasts so that library supporters and librarians can talk to local legislators about the importance of libraries.

Click here for CLRC’s 2010 library advocacy video