Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Attention Governor Cuomo

Now that the holidays are behind us and our legislators are planning to return to Albany for the 2014 Session next week, we’ve noticed media coverage of Common Core has quieted down significantly. Our mission is to ensure this quiet time is not misinterpreted as complacency.

Governor Cuomo is scheduled to deliver his State of the State Address on January 8th. We need to apply statewide pressure on him to specifically address the failures of education reform in New York. Doing so would get this issue front and center in the media again.

We have an idea that will be very effective, and we need your help. Starting on Thursday, January 2, we begin the New York New Year Blitz on Governor Cuomo and the Legislature. We will call, fax, email, Tweet, and snail-mail Governor Cuomo and ask him why he has turned a deaf ear on our voices, why he refuses to acknowledge the failure of Common Core in New York State, and why he has not spoken one word about education deform in response to our testimonies and appearances at NYSED’s and Senator Flanagan’s hearings around the state. We will do the same to our legislators (Assembly and Senate) and remind them that we are still here, we are still not happy, and that they work for us! They need to ignore Flanagan’s proposed legislation and do something that throws Common Core out of New York.

Public protests and picketing at local/regional television news stations across the state would put us front and center with a unified message to the Governor that this issue isn’t dead, and that Flanagan’s report of his statewide hearings was an abysmal misrepresentation of the shortcomings, experiences, and objections presented by parents, educators, administrators, and early childhood development experts. On Monday, January 6th beginning at 4 p.m. outside each TV news station listed below, we make our voices heard. We will call on the media to get our message out. We will bring signs, placards, bullhorns. We will apply as much pressure and generate as much noise as humanly possible. We will post this activity to every social media outlet and make it go viral. After the Governor’s Address on the 8th, we get on the phones, we get on our computers and we flood every New York State Senator’s office (both locally and in Albany) with the message to get this fixed and not stop until it is. We keep the heat turned up high until someone steps forward with a REAL common-sense solution to this mess. It is only the majority of people statewide that will show Flanagan how wrong he has been about the Common Core and his interpretation of the message we have been sending.

THIS IS IT FOLKS!! What we’ve been training for…our Marathon Day! This is the effort that must happen without a hiccup. We have it from a reliable source that January is CRITICAL and our efforts are URGENTLY NEEDED. WE ARE CLOSE TO WINNING THIS! This activity will have to be a skillfully choreographed dance and can only work if we are ALL pulling on our oars at the same time in the same direction. These are OUR children, OUR teachers, and OUR schools. Let no arrogant politician stand in our way!

Governor Cuomo’s Contact Info
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of the Governor
NY State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Phone: 518-474-8390
Fax: 518-474-1513
Email: Gov.Cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us
http://www.governor.ny.gov/
www.facebook.com/GovernorAndrewCuomo
www.twitter.com/NYGovCuomo   @NYGovCuomo Use #StopCommonCore and #fixNYschools
NY State Senate: http://www.nysenate.gov/ NY State Assembly: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/

TV Station Rally Locations for January 6th

Albany
WTEN (ABC Network)
341 Northern Blvd
Albany, New York 12204
518-433-4286

Binghamton
WIVT-TV  (ABC Network)
203 Ingraham Hill Road
Binghamton, NY 13903
607-771-3434

Bronx & Brooklyn
News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn
930 Soundview Ave
Bronx, NY 10473
Phone:(718) 328-7504

Buffalo
WGRZ (NBC Network)
259 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo,NY 14202
716-849-2222

Elmira
WETN-TV (NBC Network)
101 East Water Street
Elmira,NY 14901
607-733-5518

Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk Counties)
News 12 Long Island
1 Media Crossways
Woodbury, NY 11797
516-393-1200
E-mail: LIDesk@News12.com

Lower Hudson Valley
(Rockland & Orange Counties)
News 12 Lower Hudson Valley
235 West Nyack Road
West Nyack , NY 10994
Phone: 845-624-8780
Fax: 845-735-1601
E-mail: news12hv@news12.com

Manhattan
WNBC-TV
30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA
NEW YORK,NY 10112
212-664-4444

Plattsburgh
WPTZ (NBC Network)
5 Television Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
518-561-5555 

Rochester
WHEC-TV 10  (NBC Network)
191 East Avenue
Rochester,NY 14604
585-546-5670

Syracuse
WSYR-TV (ABC Network)
5904 Bridge Street
East Syracuse,NY 13057
315-446-9999

Utica
WKTV  (NBC Network)
5936 Smith Hill Rd
Utica,NY 13502
315-733-3477

Watertown
WWNY TV7 (FOX and CBS affiliate)
120 Arcade Street
Watertown,NY 13601
315-788-3800

Westchester
News 12 Westchester
6 Executive Plaza
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914)378-4800

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