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The #bFair2DirectCare Coalition has released a powerful and passionate 60-second cable television and digital ad calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to “be our hero” and provide funding to allow workers who care for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities to be paid a living wage.
The ad features former state Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg – who with his now-deceased wife, Ellen, raised their son Ricky, who has development disabilities. Weisenberg has dedicated his career to serving New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and created the Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg Foundation to support those efforts.
#bFair2DirectCare CAMPAIGN ASKS YOUR LEGISLATORS TO WRITE THE GOVERNOR
The #bFair2DirectCare Campaign is encouraging 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.
We ask every Affiliate to follow-up with all of its local legislators and urge them to write to 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 (three flyers with additional information on this request can be found here). Ask if they have taken the action or if they need to have the request and sample letters re-sent.
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 email@example.com. Thank you!