Advocacy Updates
New York City Council Appoints New Leadership Positions
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 12:00 AM

 


I.  City Council

On January 22, the NYC City Council voted to approve City Council Committee assignments and City Council Leadership assignments. Assignments are determined by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the members of the NYC Council Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Elections, Chaired by Council Member Brad Lander. For additional information, including a full list of Committee and Leadership assignments, click here.

A list of Council Leadership and information about Committees that may be of particular interest to A.R.T./NY members are highlighted below. Click the names below to find out more about the Council Member and the Council District they represent.

NYC Council Leadership:

Council Member

Council District

Borough

 

Jimmy Van Bramer (Majority Leader)

26

Queens

 

Daniel R. Garodnick

4

Manhattan

 

Vincent Gentile

43

Brooklyn

 

Deborah Rose

49

Staten Island

 

Ritchie Torres

15

Bronx

 

James Vacca

13

Bronx

 

Jumaane D. Williams

45

Brooklyn

 

Brad Lander

39

Brooklyn

 

Vincent Ignizio (Minority Leader)(GOP)

51

Staten Island

 

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (Majority Leader)


 

NYC Council Committee on Cultural Affairs:

Council Member

Council District

Borough

Jimmy Van Bramer (Chair)

26

Queens

Elizabeth Crowley

30

Queens

Julissa Ferreras

21

Queens

Peter Koo

20

Queens

Stephen Levin

33

Brooklyn

Andy King

12

Bronx

Costa Constantinides

22

Queens

Laurie Cumbo

35

Brooklyn

Helen Rosenthal

6

Manhattan

 

NYC Council Committee on Finance:

Council Member

Council District

Borough

Julissa Ferreras (Chair)

21

Queens

Ydanis Rodriguez

10

Manhattan

Jimmy Van Bramer

26

Queens

Vanessa L. Gibson

16

Bronx

Robert Cornegy

36

Brooklyn

Laurie Cumbo

35

Brooklyn

Corey Johnson

3

Manhattan

Mark Levine

7

Manhattan

I. Daneek Miller

27

Queens

Helen Rosenthal

6

Manhattan

Vincent Ignizio (GOP)

51

Staten Island

Councilmember Julissa FerrerasCouncil Member Julissa Ferreras
(Chair)


Please take a moment to send a letter of congratulations to Chairman Jimmy Van Bramer for securing his second term as Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee.

You should also send letters of congratulations to all Cultural Affairs Committee Members. Crowley and King have served on the Committee before; everyone else is new. This is your opportunity to introduce them to your organization. Invite them to your openings and other events.

When writing to Council Member Ferreras, who serves on the Cultural Affairs Committee and will now Chair the Finance Committee, please make a point of congratulating her on becoming Chair of the Finance Committee.  

All letters can be sent to
Honorable __________
NYC Council
250 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

II.  Governor Cuomo Maintains NYSCA Funding at $36 Million
I will update you on next steps in the coming weeks. In the meantime, let's try to make ourselves known to the new City Council Cultural Affairs Committee Members.

 
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Restoration
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 12:00 AM



As you know, July 1, 2013 marked the beginning of the City's Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14). Through much of the spring, A.R.T./New York was busy advocating for full restoration to the budget of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Read the most recent testimony »

In late June, the NYC Council and Administration announced an agreement on the framework for a balanced FY14 Budget. Shortly after the agreement was announced, the City Council voted to formally adopt the City’s $70 billion FY14 Budget.

The City’s FY14 Adopted Budget includes $156.5 million for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), $500,000 more than was allocated to DCA in the City’s Fiscal Year 2013 Adopted Budget. Of the $156.5 million allocated to DCA in the FY14 Adopted Budget, $28.5 million will be given to recipients of DCA’s Cultural Development Fund (CDF) grants. The FY13 Adopted Budget also included approximately $28.5 million for CDF grants. However, due to mid-year budget cuts, the FY13 Budget for CDF grants was reduced to $25 million. The FY14 Adopted Budget restores this cut to CDF grants, bringing the FY14 Adopted Budget’s CDF grant allocation to the same funding level as the FY13 Adopted Budget’s CDF grant allocation.

It is important to note that although the City adopted a balanced budget for FY14, spending shortfalls are projected for future fiscal years. A $1.9 billion shortfall is projected for the City’s next fiscal year (Fiscal Year 2015) and a $1.7 billion shortfall is projected for Fiscal Year 2016.

To address these projected shortfalls, the Mayor is anticipated to require all City Agencies, including DCA, to begin planning for and implementing new budget cuts. The Mayor is expected to announce additional information regarding the new round of cuts this autumn and for cuts to be implemented in early winter. It is unclear what impact, if any these cuts will have on DCA’s Cultural Development Fund.

In addition, all City offices will be up for election in November 2013. The current Mayor and approximately 19 of the 51 current Council Members (including the Speaker of the City Council) will be term limited out of office on December 31, 2013 and are not eligible for re-election to their current offices. As a result, there will be significant changes in City leadership approximately half-way through the City’s FY14 budget. Again, it is unclear what impact, if any these changes will have on the City’s FY14 Budget or DCA.

We will continue to closely monitor the City’s Budget and will send updated information as it becomes available.

 
Help Prevent NYC Department of Cultural Affairs FY14 Budget Cuts
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 03:00 PM



Two weeks ago, Mayor Bloomberg released his FY14 Executive Budget, which reflected continued cuts to the Department of Cultural Affairs! If these funds are not restored, a total of $67,484,973 will be cut from the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) from the adopted budget in FY13, with $23,098,123 being cut from programs. The Cultural Institutions Group stands to lose $44,386,850 in funding.

As always, we want to urge you to contact your City Council member where you live AND where you work, and ask them to restore full funding for DCLA once more. Tell them that your companies are in the schools, the senior centers, and their neighborhoods. Remind them that when the arts suffer, so do New York City's local businesses.

Help us get these valuable dollars restored! Here are ways that you can make your voice heard:

  • Write or visit your City Council Member where you live and where you work and ask them to RESTORE THE FUNDING to the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs! I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to send letters AND to make a face-to-face appearance. Ask your board members who are registered voters in New York City to visit their Council Members as well.
  • Make sure that everyone who visits or writes their Council Members can share this economic impact data, prepared by A.R.T./New York:

New York City's 375 nonprofit theatres reach

8,812,360
theatergoers

Using conservative estimates, we determined the following:

 

Total amount spent at local restaurants

$ 154,016,940

Total amount spent on parking

$   45,218,862

Total amount spent on taxi fare

$   65,387,711

Total amount spent on subway fare

$   44,061,800

Grand total contributed to City's economy annually
by NYC nonprofit theatres

$ 308,685,313

  • If you have a vendor (printer, graphic designer, restaurant owner) who is willing to write a letter or attend a visit with you to your Council Member, please have them do so! Their support carries tremendous weight because they reinforce our message that the arts are a vital part of New York City's economy, and these cuts would be devastating.
  • Do you have a story to tell about how your company has worked in the community? Do you have a particularly great partnership with a local business? We want to hear about it! Email your stories to assistant@art-newyork.org.

We cannot afford to sit this one out and hope that other groups will do our work for us. We need a strong showing of letters and visits to Council Members.

There will be a joint hearing of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations (along with the Finance Committee and the Select Committee on Libraries) on Monday, June 3 at 10:00am. Please note that the public will not be able to testify at the June 3 hearing before the Committee on Cultural Affairs. Libraries will testify that day at 10:00am and then Commissioner Levin is scheduled to testify at 11:30am. The public will be allowed to testify on June 5 at 3:30pm after the Department of Finance, the Comptroller, and the Independent Budget Office testify starting at 1:00pm. Last year it was nearly impossible to get inside the building to testify. For this reason, we are urging members to mail prepared testimony to City Council Finance Committee Chair Domenic Recchia, 250 Broadway, Suite 1785, New York, NY 10007.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Executive Director Ginny Louloudes at (212) 244-6667 ext. 228 or glouloudes@art-newyork.org.

 
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