Library Advocacy

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.

Advocacy Day

In conjunction with our professional partners at NYLA, a statewide Advocacy Day is held annually in Albany. CLRC sponsors a bus for local library advocates heading to Albany to speak out for library funding and thank our legislators for their support of libraries.

Here is a summary of the 2017 NYLA Legislative Priorities.

The 2018 NYLA Advocacy Day will be held on Wednesday, February 28. Watch for details.

Legislative Breakfasts

The 2017 annual CLRC Legislative Breakfasts will be held on:
December 1 – La Casita Cultural Center, Syracuse
December 8 – Kirkland Town Library, Clinton

Watch for registration.

New York State Fair

CLRC hosts a New York Libraries’ exhibit booth at the New York State Fair. The Fair runs from mid-August to Labor Day.

Interested in learning more or volunteering to help at the booth? Email Anna or call 315-446-5446

PLA's Advocacy Training Program

The Public Library Association has created a free, self-paced, interactive advocacy training program called Turning the Page. Read more about the program here.

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 (NYLA) in promoting statewide legislative goals for libraries of all types.

Contact Your Local Legislator!

2017 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.
Oneida, NY 13421
(315) 361-4125
828 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-4807
A. 101 Brian Miller (R-C-I)
COUNTY: Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego,
Delaware, Sullivan, Orange
4747 Middle Settlement Road
New Hartford, NY 13413
(315) 736-3879
544 Legislative Office Building
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
538 Legislative Office Building
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
525 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-5393
A. 117 Kenneth Blankenbush (R)
COUNTY: Oneida, Lewis, Jefferson,
St. Lawrence
40 Franklin Street
Carthage, NY 13619
(315) 493-3909
322 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-5797
A. 128 Pamela Hunter (D)
COUNTY: Onondaga
711 East Genesee Street, 2nd Floor
Syracuse, New York 13210-1540
(315) 449-9536
432 Legislative Office Building
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 Building
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-4826
A. 127 Albert Stirpe, Jr. (D)
COUNTY: Onondaga
7293 Buckley Road, Suite 201
North Syracuse, NY 13212
(315) 452-1115
656 Legislative Office Building
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 Building
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 Building
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
612 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-3334
S.53 David J. Valesky (D)
COUNTY: Onondaga, Madison, Oneida
State Office Bldg, Room 805
333 E. Washington Street
Syracuse NY 13202
(315) 478-8745
514 Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-2838
S. 50 John A. DeFrancisco (R)
COUNTY: Onondaga, Cayuga
State Office Bldg, Room 800
333 E. Washington Street
Syracuse NY 13202
(315) 428-7632
416 Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-3511
S. 51 James L. Seward (R-C-I)
COUNTY: Herkimer, Otsego, Schoharie,
Delaware, Ulster, Chenango, Cortland
Tompkins, Cayuga
235 North Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350
(315) 866-1632
430 Capitol Building
Albany NY 12247
(518) 455-3131
S. 49 James Tedisco (R-C-I))
COUNTY: Herkimer, Hamilton, Fulton,
Saratoga, Schenectady
636 Plank Rd. 1st Floor
Clifton Park , NY 12065-2046
Phone: 518-885-1829
803 Legislative Office Building
Albany NY 12247
(518) 455-2181
C. 22 Claudia Tenney (R)
COUNTY: Oneida, Herkimer, Madison,
Oswego, Cortland, Chenango, Broome, Tioga
555 French Road
Suite 101
New Hartford, NY 13413
(315) 732-0713
512 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3665
C. 24 John Katko (R)
COUNTY: Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Wayne
440 South Warren Street
7th Floor – Suite 711
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 423-5657
1620 Longworth Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3701
C. 21 Elise Stefanik (D)
COUNTY: Herkimer, Hamilton, Fulton, Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex, Clinton Franklin, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Jefferson
88 Public Square – Suite A
Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 782-3150
318 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(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. Office
322 Hart Senate Office Building
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
Patty Ritchie
Chair, NYS Senate Committee on Libraries
LOB 412
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-3438
Didi Barrett
Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Libraries
LOB 553
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-5177


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