NYSCA Receives Increase in State Budget

The state budget, which has been passed in sections over the past three days, contains a $4 million increase in grants funding for the State Council on the Arts.

This is the first increase in four years, and is just a bit under the $4.5 million arts advocates asked for on Arts Advocacy Day in February. See Assembly press release http://assembly.state.ny.us/Press/20120328a/

A budget is a three party agreement.  The Governor, the Assembly and the Senate all have to agree, so please thank everyone.  BY SNAIL MAIL, please.  $4 million is worth a few first class stamps!

Here are the leadership people who must be thanked:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Executive Chamber
Albany, New York  12224

Speaker Sheldon Silver
LOB 932
Albany, New York  12248

Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos
LOB 909
Albany, New York 12247

Assembly member Margaret M. Markey
Chair, Tourism, Arts & Sports Development Committee
LOB 712
Albany, New York 12248

Senator Elizabeth O’C Little
Chair, Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation
LOB 310
Albany, New York 12247

AND, thank the Senator and Assembly representing your district.