The good news is that the New York State Legislature on February 3, 2009 rejected Governor Patersons proposal to disproportionately cut the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums (ZBGA) budget line by 55 percent for Fiscal Year 2009. This positive result was achieved in part by our collective efforts having generated more than 75,000 messages to Albany.
The bad news is that next years funding is still threatened. The Governors proposal to eliminate all state funding for Fiscal Year 2010 is devastating. We hope that Albany will use a scalpel, and not an ax, to make targeted reductions that will allow the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium to weather this financial storm. We have made a difference in the debate thus far and we will need your continued outreach efforts to successfully save ZBGA for 2010.
Time is of the essence. The budget must be passed by April 1, 2009. We still need your help to send a message to Albany that these devastating cuts to the ZBGA are unacceptable. Click on the link below and make a difference. Or you can call Governor Patersons office immediately at (518) 474-8390 and ask him to save the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium funding.
Act Now: www.wcs.org
Watch the Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBntHAD9EVw
* New York residents: please fill out the online petition or call the governor at 518-474-8390
Out of state residents: please call the governor at 518-474-8390