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Why letters are important

A handwritten, or typed and signed letter, is the most effective means of communication (other than a face to face meeting). It is far more effective than photocopied form letters, postcard campaigns or emails. Some politicians regard handwritten letters more highly than typewritten letters (some find it convenient to claim the senders probably just cut and pasted what someone else said without thinking about the issue themselves).

Tips for Writing Letters

  • Include your name and address and identify yourself as a constituent.
  • Keep it brief - one page, one issue per letter.
  • Use your own words. Even if your writing skills are not the best, a letter written in your own words will carry much more weight.
  • Handwrite, or type and sign, your letter. Some regard emails as "second class mail".
  • State the topic clearly and start with a clear statement of purpose. For example: "I am writing to ask you to support / oppose ..." followed by the full name of the piece of legislation or proposed law that you are addressing.
  • Focus on just a few points that you feel will be persuasive and flesh them out, rather than trying to address numerous points at once.
  • Personalize your letter with a story or concrete information about how their action will affect you.
  • Personalize your relationship. Let them know if you have ever voted for them, met them, or contributed time or money to their campaign.
  • Ask for a response to your letter.
  • Be polite but firm. Hostile remarks or offensive language are counterproductive.
  • Write thank you letters to politicians who support your position. Thanks are as important as criticism.

Sample Letters

Here's a simple letter asking for a moratorium.
Please take a moment right now and send your own personal version of this letter to your state legislators.
Don't forget to date the letter and include your address since legislators generally accept comments only from their own constituents.

(Click here for more sample letters.)

Dear ...

Please support a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas until 120 days after the federal EPA issues its report on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on water quality and public health.

Your decisions about gas drilling will profoundly impact the well-being and viability of the many communities potentially affected by the Marcellus Shale play. Attractive as the promise of quick cash may be, it cannot justify gambling with our future.

I urge you to act quickly to protect New York's air and drinking water.

------(Please add your own comments here, as desired.)-----

Yours respectfully,

State and Federal Government

NYS Senate:

Senator Thomas W. Libous
1607 State Office Building
44 Hawley St
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 773-8771


NYS Assembly:

107th District:
Clifford W. Crouch
1 Kattelville Rd, Suite 1
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 648-6080


123rd District:
Assemblyman Gary Finch
69 South St
Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 255-3045


126th District:
Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo
1704 State Office Building
44 Hawley St
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 723-9047


U.S. Senate:

Senator Charles E. Schumer
15 Henry St. Room M103
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 772-6792
Email Senator Schumer

Senator Kristen E. Gillibrand
PO Box 7378
Syracuse, NY 13261
(315) 448-0470
Email Senator Gillibrand

House of Representatives:

22nd District:
Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey
100A Federal Building
15 Henry St.
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 773-2768
Email Congressman Hinchey

24th District:
Congressman Richard Hanna
18 Tompkins St
Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 756-2470

Email Congressman Hanna


Commissioner Joseph Martens
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-0001
(518) 402-8545

Email the Commissioner

NY Governor

Governor Andrew M Cuomo
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-8390

Email the Governor

NY Attorney General

Honorable Eric T Schneiderman
Office of the Attorney General
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
Email the Attorney General

Addresses for Local Elected Officials

Barbara J. Fiala
Broome County Executive
PO Box 1766
Binghamton, NY 13902

Town of Lisle:
Edward V. Gehm, Supervisor
9234 NYS Route 79
Lisle, NY 13797

Village of Deposit:
John O’Connor, President, Board of Trustees
146 Front St.
Deposit, NY 13754

Town of Barker:
Lois Dilworth, Supervisor
PO Box 66
Castle Creek, NY 13744

Town of Maine:
George Ludington, Supervisor
PO Box 336
Maine, NY 13802
862-3334, Ext. 305

Village of Endicott:
Mayor John Bertoni
1009 East Main St.
Endicott, NY 13760

Town of Binghamton:
Timothy P. Whitesell, Supervisor
279 Park Ave.
Binghamton, NY 13903

Town of Nanticoke:
Donald Benjamin, Supervisor
PO Box 71
Glen Aubrey, NY 13777
692-4041, Ext. 310

Village of Johnson City:
Mayor Dennis Hannon
243 Main St.
Johnson City, NY 13790

Town of Chenango:
Margaret A. Turna, Supervisor
1529 NY Rt. 12
Binghamton, NY 13901

Town of Sanford:
Dewey A. Decker, Supervisor
91 Second St.
Deposit, NY 13754

Village of Lisle:
Mayor Gerald Mackey
PO Box 365
Lisle, NY 13797

Town of Colesville:
Edward A. Mosher, Supervisor
PO Box 27
Harpursville, NY 13787

Town of Triangle:
Steve Doherty, Supervisor
PO Box 289
Whitney Point, NY 13862

Village of Port Dickinson:
Mayor Kevin M. Burke
786 Chenango St.
Binghamton, NY 13901

Town of Conklin:
Debra Preston, Supervisor
PO Box 182
Conklin, NY 13748

Town of Union:
John M. Bernardo, Supervisor
3111 East Main St.
Endwell, NY 13760

Village of Whitney Point:
Mayor Gerald Whitehead
PO Box 729
Whitney Point, NY 13862

Town of Dickinson:
Michael Marinaccio, Supervisor
531 Old Front St.
Binghamton, NY 13905

Town of Vestal:
Peter Andreasen, Supervisor
605 Vestal Parkway West
Vestal, NY 13850

Village of Windsor:
Mayor Ronald Harting
PO Box 98
Windsor, NY 13865

Town of Fenton:
David Hamlin, Supervisor
44 Park St.
Port Crane, NY 13833

Town of Windsor:
Randy Williams, Supervisor
124 Main St.
Windsor, NY 13865

City of Binghamton:
Mayor Matthew T. Ryan
38 Hawley St.
Binghamton, NY 13901

Town of Kirkwood:
Gordon E. Kniffen, Supervisor
70 Crescent Dr.
Kirkwood, NY 13795

More local officials

If you don't see what you are looking for in the table above, click here to download a pdf file containing more detailed listings for town and county officials, including a complete listing of the relevant information for all 19 Broome County Legislators.

Not sure what district you live in? Click here to launch the Broome County Voting Information System .

After launching the GIS Portal, click on Polling Places & Elected Officials near the top of the left hand column to get to the Voting Information System. Then, you put in your address, and it gives you contact info for all of YOUR personal elected officials.