NOW IS THE TIME! Budget Timeline and Actors

Contact your representatives in the State Assembly and State Senate, as well as the Governor to let them know that adequate and equitable funding for schools is a priority.

1. As the finishing touches are put on the Governor`s Budget (expected January 22, 2013) and State of the State Speech to be presented on January 9, 2013, call the Governor`s office to be sure that equity in state aid to ALL schools is not ignored!

2. Our State Legislators need to know that we are expecting them to advocate for us.  They can do so while the budget is being developed in January, with their counter-proposals from January through March, and ultimately with their vote in late March.

3. In addition to your own legislators, the leadership in the Assembly and the Senate need to know that equitable and adequate funding for education are a priority as they will be negotiating with the Governor.


Majority Leader, Senator Dean Skelos (R), Minority Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D), and the members of the IDC [Independent Democratic Caucus], Sens. Jeff Klein, David Carlucci, Diane Savino and David Valesky.

Education Committee, chaired by Senator John Flanagan (R)

Finance Committee, chaired by Senator John DeFrancisco (R)


Speaker Sheldon Silver (D), Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R)

Education Committee, chaired by Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D)

Ways and Means, — the committee that deals with the budget, chaired by Herman Ferrell (D)


For telephone numbers and a sample script when speaking with the Governor`s office, click here: PhoneDayFlier (Canton) or PhoneDayFlierPotsdam [Feel free to adapt to your school`s situation]

You can also Facebook the Governor.  Post on this FB page. He has another, but this is the one! Post away!

There is also an email contact form at the Governor’s website:


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