So now that the Stop Unfunded Mandates Now Rally is over, what’s next? The answer comes from our friends at www.enoughmandates.com. Mark Westcott started this initiative in Warren County, where he is the Queensbury Supervisor at Large and a member of the Warren County Board of Supervisors. We previously linked to an article that he wrote here.
Mark is organizing an initiative called “Mayday for Mandate Relief.” This comes from an email from Mark:
Last week NYSAC endorsed our Mayday for Mandate Relief initiative announcing it in their weekly Monday morning “Weekly Wire”: http://nysac.org/news/weekly-wire/nysac-weekly-wire-for-the-week-of-april-16-2012/mayday-for-mandates-calling-for-action-on-mandate-relief/.
NYSAC and www.enoughmandates.com are calling on local community leaders to hold town halls and press conferences in May across New York State to raise awareness for the need for Mandate Relief and Reform. Attached is a draft resolution NYSAC sent to all of the counties asking them to declare a date in May – Mayday for Mandate Relief, and to hold a town hall and press conference on the issue.
We are asking for your support:
- Please work with your county legislature or board to pass the Mayday for Mandate Relief resolution (draft copy here).
- Please confirm that you will hold a town hall and/or press conference on Mandate Relief and Reform in May (if possible on May 15).
NYSAC and www.enoughmandates.com are working together on presentation materials for the town halls/press conferences including a Powerpoint presentation, press release and event check list. We can work with you to help plan your event. Don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (c) 518-894-6811.
Please spread the word about this initiative. This is something we all can do! Whatever county you live in, contact your County Board of Supervisors or County Legislature and ask them to support this initiative. Let us know what kind of response you get!