Saturday, October 10, 2009

New York State, You've Got a BIG Role to Play

New York State, you've got the third largest number of Representatives in Congress. Already, these New York state area representatives cosponsor HR 3101:
  • Rep. Steve Israel
  • Rep. Edolphus Towns
  • Rep. Maurice Hinchey
We ESPECIALLY need to get Rep. Louise Slaughter to cosponsor HR 3101!! She represents the Rochester, New York area. Rochester has a large deaf population, and Rochester's deaf and hard of hearing community should be working hard to get Louise Slaughter to sign up. Louise Slaughter's Rochester office is at:

3120 Federal Building
100 State Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (585) 232-4850
Fax: (585) 232-1954

Any Rochester area deaf person can stop by Rep. Slaughter's Rochester office. No appointment needed. Rochester area deaf and hard of hearing can also send direct email to:
John Monsif,

Here is the complete list of contacts for New York state Congressional Representatives:


  1. Many of us have already written our representatives on behalf of Caption 2. Should we write again, or do it repeatedly? Does this help or harm the cause?

  2. Good question. as long as you are not harassing your representative's office, we believe it helps. It shows them how much you want the bill supported. And, there are still many out there who still don't know about the bill. Please educate those in your community who do not know about the bill.

  3. It is not easy to get the attention of Congressional representatives' staff! Remember, our bill must compete for attention with other bills demanding attention too. It took Caption Action 2 a few phone calls, emails, and office visits before our OWN representative's office responded.

    When Jamie visited Mark Bayer in Ed Markey's office, Jamie told Bayer how frustrated she was at the lack of response from her own Congressman. Bayer told Jamie to stop by her Congressman's office a second time. Jamie replied, "There's a fine line between asking and harassing." Bayer answered, "You don't seem like the type of person who would harass people." Jamie retorted, "That's what you think! I can be quite intense!" Bayer's reaction? "Good!!! You need to be intense for this!!"