New York's literacy programs are in dire straits, thanks to budget cuts by the governor. According to the Literacy Suffolk website, "Governor Patterson's 2010 -11 Executive Budget continues the approximately $612,000 cut imposed by the 2009 -10 Deficit Reduction Plan, And further reduces funding for this vital program by an additional $2 million. Combined, the cuts represent a 38% reduction to this modest program!!"
How can you help? You can show your support by calling:
Senate Leader John Sampson at (518) 2788 or
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at (518) 3791
Tell either man or both: Please restore funding for the Adult Literacy Education (ALE) program in the State Budget.
Or you can join other concerned citizens on Friday, April 9 at 12 noon at the Farmingdale Public Library. Remember it's not too late to do something!
Also, you can show your support by going to the Dunes & Dreams sponsored book signing for Literacy Suffolk at the Pindar Vineyards in Peconic on Saturday, May 8 from 12-3 p.m. Buy a few books and at the same time help another Long Islander learn to read.