This week the union is running half-page ads (above) in dozens of weekly papers in Buffalo, Long Island, Rochester and Syracuse, and next week in the three daily Capital District papers.
A full-page version will also appear in next week’s issue of City and State, the bi-monthly magazine targeted to lawmakers. The ads, which call for increased state aid for public schools and colleges, are timed to gain maximum visibility during the last weeks before the April 1 state budget deadline. Meanwhile, NYSUT’s well-regarded billboard campaign in support of higher ed continues in the heart of the capital city.
This week, the Assembly and Senate put out their “one-house” bills that modify, reject or accept provisions in the governor’s executive spending proposal. Not surprisingly, the two documents are quite different and it will not be easy for leaders to reconcile the three fiscal plans into one state budget. But each in its own way reflects NYSUT’s advocacy efforts over the past two months. We are making progress.
“As the clock ticks down, it is crucial for NYSUT to keep up the pressure on legislators and for grassroots advocates to continue educating their elected officials on the union’s priorities,” said NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta.
Thank you to all our members who contribute to VOTE/COPE, NYSUT’s political acton fund supported by your voluntary contributions. Without your commitment to VOTE/COPE, we wouldn’t have a strong voice in Albany.