An important action of the #bFair2DirectCare Campaign is to encourage legislators to send a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to include $45 million in his Executive Budget Proposal as a first step towards providing a living wage for low wage workers who support people with developmental disabilities.
Attached you will find the letter that was sent to every member of the New York State Senate and Assembly urging them to write to the Governor regarding this issue. (SEE BELOW FOR ALL ATTACHMENTS) In addition, you will find two sample letters that were provided to the members of the legislature to either send to the Governor or use as models for their own letter.
Every IAC Member should follow-up with local legislators and urge them to write the Governor. Call those legislators known to you or those representing your programs. Tell them that you are following up on a request from the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition that they write to the Governor urging him to include funding to increase the salaries of workers who care for people with developmental disabilities (attached are three flyers that provide additional details). Ask if they have taken the action or do they need to have the request and sample letters resent.
Since you will most likely speak to a staff person, ask for the email address of the staff person in the legislator’s office who will be responsible for following up with the member so that you can send them all of the information. Request that they send you a copy of their letter to the Governor and please forward a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Executive Director for Legislative Affairs
InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc.
150 West 30th Street 15th floor
New York, NY 10001
o – 212-645-6360
c – 917-750-1497