The 2017 NYS PTA Lobby Day was a success!
Members converged on Albany to discuss four priority issues, meeting with nearly 40 legislators and their staff:
- Support a 2.0 billion increase for our children
- Support Career and Technical Education and Pathways to Success
- Restrict and Ban Marketing of E-Cigarettes & ENDS to Children
- Expand Prevention and Treatment for Heroin and Opioid Abuse
Nearly 10,000 emails were sent to the Governor’s office and State Legislators advocating on a wide range of topics affecting children.
NYS PTA also launched a social media effort during the legislative session, sending tweets to the Governor’s office, Senate and Assembly!
Sample Tweets to Governor Cuomo:
@NYGovCuomo please include Nolan/Ritchie #CTE bill in budget, so impt for our kids! @NYSPTA
#CTE great for kids, please include BOCES/SSA support in budget @NYGovCuomo
@NYGovCuomo please join @NYSPTA in calling for $2 bill investment in our children!
Thank you @NYGovCuomo for heroin opioids proposal in budget, @NYSPTA calls for $45 mil for prevention treatment
@NYSPTA calls for full ban of marketing e-cigs to kids, supports @NYGovCuomo e-cig proposal in budget
@NYSPTA calls for support for #ELL students, struggling schools in budget @NYGovCuomo
These messages were shared with the NYS Senate:
We need $2 bill investment in our kids, please join @NYSPTA making every child’s potential a reality (add twitter handle here)
@NYSPTA calls for $2 bil, $1.5 bil needed for current programs & services for kids @NYSenate @NYSenDems @IDC4NY
@NYSPTA supports Nolan/Ritchie CTE bill, thank you @NYSenate @NYSenDems @IDC4NY for supporting #CTE
@NYSPTA Glad to see support for heroin opioids treatment & prevention in budget @NYSenate @NYSenDems @IDC4NY
@NYSenate @NYSenDems @IDC4NY we must ban ALL marketing of e-cigs to our children @NYSPTA
Here is a list of all senators outside NYC who have a Twitter handle:
These messages were sent to the NYS Assembly:
Thank you @NYSA_Majority @NYS_AM for your commitment to public schools, @NYSPTA calls for $2 bil for kids
@NYSPTA supports Nolan/Ritchie CTE bill, #CTE so impt for our kids @NYSA_Majority @NYS_AM
Support for K & PreK, afterschool, #ELL, struggling schools impt for @NYSPTA @NYSA_Majority @NYS_AM
@NYSPTA supports heroin opioids prevention treatment proposals and e-cig proposal in budget #wholechild @NYSA_Majority @NYS_AM
Share the NYS PTA Facebook message on your Facebook page, and retweet NYS PTA Twitter messages throughout the week.
Legislators pay attention to your social media messages and emails! Now is the time for your voice to be heard, so together we can make every child’s potential a reality!