Advocacy

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

In 2016, the annual CLRC Legislative Breakfasts were held on:
December 2 – Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Library, Utica
December 9 – Onondaga County Public Library, Central Branch, Syracuse

Advocacy Day

In conjunction with our professional partners at NYLA, the 2017 statewide Advocacy Day is being held on Wednesday, March 1. CLRC is sponsoring 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.

Turning the Page

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

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.

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
mageew@nyassembly.gov
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
millerb@nyassembly.gov
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
brindisia@nyassembly.gov
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
butlerm@assembly.state.ny.us
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
blankenbushk@nyassembly.gov
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
hunterp@nyassembly.gov
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
magnarw@nyassembly.gov
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
StirpeA@nyassembly.gov
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
barclaw@nyassembly.gov
521 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-5841
A. 126 Gary Finch (R)
COUNTY: Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland,
Chenango
69 South Street
Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 255-3045
finchg@nyassembly.gov
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
griffo@senate.state.ny.us
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
valesky@senate.state.ny.us
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
jdefranc@senate.state.ny.us
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
seward@senate.state.ny.us
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
Fax: 518-371-2649
tedisco@nysenate.gov
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
New Hartford, NY 13413
(315) xxx-xxxx
512 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3665 tenney.house.gov
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 katko.house.gov
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 stefanik.house.gov
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 gillibrand.senate.gov
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 schumer.senate.gov
Honorable Andrew Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-8390 governor.ny.gov
Jessica Decerce
Syracuse Regional Representative,
Governor Cuomo
333 East Washington Street
Room 516
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 428-4337
Jessica.Decerce@exec.ny.gov
Matthew Pennello
Mohawk Valley Regional Representative,
Governor Cuomo
State Office Building
207 Genesee Street, Room 707
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 793-2535
matthew.pennello@exec.ny.gov

 

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