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Writing Your NYS Elected Representatives

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Information on Writing to Your Elected Representatives

Elected officials need to know what their constituents want them to do. If you wonder whether it is worthwhile to communicate your views, remember others who disagree with you are doing so constantly. Letters, except form letters, are remarkably effective. Identify yourself and the bill (by number or title if possible), problem or issue. Write early in the session if you have ideas you want incorporated in legislation. The correct address, salutation and closing for letters are as follows:

PRESIDENT The President The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr./Madam President: Respectfully yours,

U.S. SENATE Honorable Terry Doe Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Doe: Sincerely yours,

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE Honorable Terry Doe House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congressman/woman Doe Sincerely yours,

GOVERNOR Honorable Terry Doe Governor of New York Executive Chamber Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Doe: Sincerely yours,

STATE SENATOR Honorable Terry Doe NY State Senate Albany, NY 12247 Dear Senator Doe: Sincerely yours,

STATE ASSEMBLYMAN Honorable Terry Doe NY State Assembly Albany, NY 12248 Dear Assemblyman/woman Doe: Sincerely yours,