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SAMPLE EMAILS FOR BUDGET ADVOCACY DAY

You can use the sample email language below for your emails to Governor Cuomo and your New York State Legislators.

 

GOVERNOR CUOMO

You can email the Governor's Office by visiting his contact page.

A sample is available below, or you can download a copy: Sample Email to Governor Cuomo

(gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us)

SUBJECT: FY ’20 –’21 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FUNDING

Dear Governor Cuomo,

I am writing to you today as a/an {advocate, program director, executive director, etc.} at {your organization}.

Thank you for acknowledging in your FY’20-’21 Executive Budget that there is a need for a new flexible funding model for New York’s domestic violence service providers so we can better assist and empower domestic violence survivors and their families. Transforming New York’s antiquated domestic violence service delivery system is critical to ensuring victims and their families receive the support they need immediately and without conditions. I support your $5 million allocation for a flexible funding model pilot program and am urging the Assembly and Senate to maintain this funding in their one-house budget resolutions.

More funding is needed, however, to ensure that no one who is asking for shelter or other domestic violence services is ever turned away.

I also urge you to support these budget requests:

1.      An increase in funding for non-residential domestic violence services to $6 million. The funding is at the same level it was 20 years ago when it was first proposed.

2.      $150,000 in the State Budget to strengthen NYSCADV’s efforts to provide statewide training and technical assistance to domestic violence service providers.

3.      $4 million for primary prevention initiatives focused on stopping violence before it begins.

Please review the enclosed letter, which contains more information about these proposed investments.

I urge you to support increases to critical funding in the budget to ensure domestic violence survivors and their families receive the support they need to stay safe.

Thank you!

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NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE

To ensure the strongest impact, we're asking everyone to call / email /fax /tag the following legislative leaders (contact information is available by clicking on their name):

Carl E. Heastie Assembly Speaker

Andrea Stewarts Cousins, Temporary president and Majority Leader

Helene E. Weinstein Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair

Next, identify who your representative is and find their contact page or email. You can do that by visiting the following links:

Find Your New York State Assembly Member 

Find Your New York State Senator

You may use the script available below or download a copy here: Sample Email To Legislators

SUBJECT: FY ’20–’21 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FUNDING

Dear Senator/Assembly Member XXXXX,

I am writing to you today as a/an {advocate, program director, executive director, etc.} at {your organization}.

New York State is in the process of transforming its system of funding and oversight of domestic violence programs. The system has not been updated since it was established more than 30 years ago. {Your organization}, domestic violence service providers across the State and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) have been working collaboratively with Governor Cuomo, State Agency representatives and the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence to re-envision New York’s domestic violence service delivery system.

We’re hoping that it also means the Legislature will close long-standing gaps in funding for domestic violence programs across the State that have resulted from years of flat or reduced investments.

I urge the Legislature to support these budget requests:

1.      Take the first step toward modernizing the way domestic violence services are funded and provided to survivors by supporting the Governor’s pilot of an innovative, survivor-centered flexible funding model for DV services — a $5 million allocation proposed in the FY’20-’21 Aid to Localities Budget.

2.      Funding for non-residential domestic violence services in the State Budget is at the same level it was 20 years ago when it was first proposed. I ask the Legislature to increase this funding to $6 million.

3.      I urge the Legislature to provide $150,000 in the state budget to strengthen NYSCADV’s efforts to provide statewide training and technical assistance to domestic violence service providers.

4.      We are requesting $4 million for primary prevention initiatives focused on stopping violence before it begins.

Please review the enclosed letter, which contains more information about these proposed investments.

I urge you to support increases to critical funding in the budget so no one who is asking for shelter or other domestic violence services is ever turned away.

Thank you!