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PLEASE TELL GOVERNOR CUOMO TO BE OUR HERO and include the $45 million in NEW living wage funding in his budget amendments!

Governor Cuomo failed to include the #bFair2DirectCare campaign's $45 million request to begin funding a living wage for direct support professionals in his initial budget proposal. BUT, the Governor has another chance to redeem himself and be a hero to all of the people we serve and their families.

The Governor and his staff are well aware of the #bFair2DirectCare $45 million request. They have seen all of the #bFair2DirectCare rallies, media stories, visits to his top staff, letters to the editor and the Times Union editorial. #bFair2DirectCare doesn't require a lot of explaining but it does require a heavy dose of reminding.

Everyone needs to CALL OR WRITE the Governor and your Senator and your Assemblymember during the week of January 30 and tell them:

BFair2DirectCare and include a NEW $45 million in State funds in the Governor's 30-day amendments to take the first step towards a living wage for direct support workers serving people with developmental disabilities.

Act NOW or it will be too late! The Governor's Budget 21-day amendments are due on February 7th and his 30-day amendments are due on February 16th!

CALL AND SAY:
"I am calling on behalf of the #bFair2DirectCare Campaign for a living wage. Governor Cuomo MUST provide $45 million in his budget amendments! Funding is critical to the health, safety and well-being of people with developmental disabilities and it's the right thing to do for the people who work tirelessly caring for them".

1. Governor (518) 474 - 1041 - and press 2 to speak to an assistant. If you get no response, you can then press 1 to leave a voice mail.

2. Senate switchboard (518) 455 - 2800 - and ask for your Senator. You can find your Senator at http://www.nysenate.gov/. Urge your Senator to Call the Governor and tell him to bFair2DirectCare and fund the $45 million.

3. Assembly switchboard (518) 455-4100 - and ask for your Assemblymember. You can find your Assemblymember at http://assembly.state.ny.us/. Urge your Assemblymember to Call the Governor and tell him to bFair2DirectCare and fund the $45 million.

OR TO WRITE LETTERS:
Send letters to the Governor at:

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Go to the New York Families for Disability Rights (NYFDR) website http://www.nyfamilyrights.org/advocate/contact-influencers/ to find your local legislators and call or write them to tell the Governor to include the $45 million to BFair2DirectCare. There will be sample letters on the website.

PLEASE TELL GOVERNOR CUOMO NOT TO FORGET US! STAFF WHO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DESERVE A LIVING WAGE!

Thanks for your constant support!