Save The Egg

As you know by now, last week Governor Paterson stood on the stage of The Egg to deliver his proposed NYS budget for 2010-2011, and proposed that all state funding to The Egg be cut off.

All of it.

Down to zero.

We realize that in these difficult economic times, some sacrifices are expected, even required. But to simply eliminate one-quarter of the operating budget of the Capital Region’s finest year-round performing arts center with one stroke of the pen seems to us extreme.

If you attended the Dan Zanes show or the Jorma Kaukonen/David Bromberg concert at The Egg over the weekend, then you probably already saw the flier that was inserted into the concert programs.

If not, we’re re-printing it here as a public service:

The Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center Corporation was created by the New York State Legislature over 30 years ago to program and manage activities at The Egg. Since then, The Egg has emerged as one of the nation’s foremost presenters of music, dance, theater and family performances by artists from New York State, across the United States and around the world. This has been accomplished through the extraordinary support of individuals and organizations in the Capital Region as well as funding from the State of New York.

We have been informed that the proposed New York State Budget eliminates funding for The Egg. Needless to say, this will make it extremely challenging for The Egg to continue to provide services to audiences and performing artists at the same high level without this support.

If you believe that The Egg contributes to the quality of life in the Capital Region and would like to see that continue, we ask that you join us in encouraging the Governor and members of the New York State Legislature to restore funding for The Egg in the 2010-2011 budget.

An e-mail or letter from you expressing your support would be very helpful – please note the contact information listed below.

Thank you very much for joining us in this initiative and for your extraordinary support of the performing arts.

To write to the Governor:
David A. Paterson
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Go here to send an e-mail to the Governor.

E-mails to your NYS representatives will also be helpful. E-mails may be sent to individual legislators from their web pages:

The NYS Senate website

The NYS Assembly website

Thank you!

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2 Responses to “Save The Egg”

  1. Ted P. says:

    yes, do this … remind everyone that arts = economic development and real economic activity. i’ll admit to being completely biased here — but look at what the Egg does for downtown Albany bars and restaurants on show nights (and there are plenty of ’em) and what Proctor’s does for downtown Schenectady … which didn’t exist 10 years ago. and then look at troy … where restaurants are closing and it’s a shame … keep the Egg and NYSTI open and funded. it’s a worthy use of taxpayer dollars.

  2. Kevin says:

    The Egg is one case where just a few employees provide a huge benefit to the community at large. There are many other examples where the state could save money and not negatively affect the community. Not here

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