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Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage for DSPs

The time is now! April 1 is the deadline for New York State’s budget. While the State Assembly and State Senate have supported the inclusion of $45 million to fund the #bFair2DirectCare living wage proposal, Governor Cuomo has not yet shared his position.

Let’s Explain to the Governor Why This Matters
By sharing your story or opinion, you’re effecting change. Here’s how you can help:

  • Rally With Us.
    Locally, we will be calling out for change on March 22, 11 a.m.– 1 p.m., at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788. Questions? Email Colleen Tapia (
    In Albany, join the bigger #bFair2DirectCare delegation on March 28, 11 a.m., at the State Capitol. Please arrive at 10:30 a.m. to ensure 30 minutes to clear security checkpoints and get into the building. Questions? Email Ben Golden (
  • Pick Up the Phone.
    Leave a message for the governor at (518) 474-8390. Feel free to use the below script:
    Hello, My name is INSERT NAME. I’m calling to ask the Governor to ensure the budget reflects a raise in the minimum wage for direct support professionals. These professionals help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a dignified quality of life. They work tirelessly to safeguard people with I/DD’s health, safety and well-being. I am seeking support for issues that go to the core of family life and the values I uphold — namely the #bFair2DirectCare campaign. I appreciate the Governor’s consideration of this important issue.
  • Sign Our Petition
    Let the Governor know you support a living wage by signing here.
  • Share on Social Media
    Until the budget is finalized on April 1, share your story and support by tagging #bFair2DirectCare and @NYGovCuomo in every tweet and Facebook post. Including photos or selfies of staff and people who rely on DSP services create an even bigger impact. Feel free to use the embedded image or sample tweets below:DSP_Rally
    Thanks to the NYS Senate & Assembly for supporting #bFair2DirectCare & a living wage for DSPs! Now it’s up to you @NYGovCuomo!
    @NYGovCuomo we are in a crisis, but you can fix it! Be our hero and #bFair2DirectCare!
    @NYGovCuomo Please #bFair2DirectCare and include $45 million in the final budget so that DSPs can earn a living wage!
    @NYGovCuomo Everyone deserves a living wage, especially those who dedicate their lives to helping others! #bFair2DirectCare
  • Hand Out Flyers
    Download and print out a Rally Flyer to leave behind at work or hand out to friends and colleagues.

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