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:
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
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: