Please email, call or write to your New York State and county legislators and tell them how libraries, and your library in particular, provide value to your community. Visit the New York Library Association’s Advocacy page, where you can easily send messages to your elected officials, learn about the current state legislative priorities, and access advocacy tools such as the Library Value Calculator.
Print out the Current Legislative Agenda to help us speak with a unified voice!
Consider joining the New York Library Association PAC: New Yorkers for Better Libraries.
Our North Country Legislators:
Billy Jones, Assemblyman for the 115th Assembly District
(Clinton and Franklin Counties and part of St. Lawrence County)
Albany, NY 12248
Phone: (518) 455-5943
202 U.S. Oval
Plattsburgh, NY 12903
Phone: (518) 562-1986
Matthew Simpson, Assemblyman for the 114th Assembly District
(Essex County and parts of Warren and Washington Counties)
Albany, NY 12248
Phone: (518) 455-5565
7559 Court St., Rm. 203
PO Box 213
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Phone: (518) 873-3803
Daniel Stec, Senator for the 45th Senate District
(all of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties, Warren County, and parts of St. Lawrence and Washington Counties)
District Office 1:
5 Warren Street Suite 3
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: (518) 743-0968
District Office 2:
137 Margaret Street Suite 100
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 561-2430
Clinton County Legislators
Essex County Directory of County, Town and Village Officials
Franklin County Directory
CEFLS Advocacy Tools
Feel free to use these as is, or for ideas for brochures for your library:
Advocacy Tools at the New York State Library Division of Library Development
The New York State Library Division of Library Development offers many resources related to advocacy, including information on these topics:
Public Library Districts – a funding model favored by New York State for its promise of greater financial stability
Trustees – essential information for library trustees, including the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, and information about the Oath of Office requirements.
Legislative Action Center at the American Library Association
Visit ALA’s action center page to engage with elected officials and respond to alerts on a national level.