Big Win for Johnstown Public Library

For close to a year, Communication Services worked with the Johnstown Public Library in anticipation of a vote to create a library district. On Tuesday, June 5th, the Library won it's vote with 73% of the vote. The Library's funding will now be stable and sustainable. And, the community will have representation through an elected board of trustees. The work began with a series of Communication Services-led focus groups to rebrand the Library. A new logo was developed with a new tagline--It Al...
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2018 Legislative Session Full of Wins for Our Lobbying Client

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Communication Services only lobbies for one client--the New York State Animal Protection Federation. We also run the organization. This session saw our entire legislative agenda get through both houses of the State Legislature.  We’ve outlawed pet leasing. Cut the hold time for unidentified cats. And, changed SPCA peace officer residency requirements for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and the Humane Society of the Hudson Valley. We also got another $5 million in the State Budget for the Com...
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Success for Clients in NYS Executive Budget

$5 million for animal shelter capital project and protecting how mental health services are delivered in New York State. These are what Communication Services helped deliver for our clients in this year's state budget process. Communication Services runs the New York State Animal Protection Federation, the organization that represents all the animal shelters in New York. For the second year in a row, we were successful in getting $5 million into the budget for the Companion Animal Capital Fun...
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Public Education v. Advocacy–an important distinction for library trustees

This piece appeared in the November 2017 issue of Trustee Hotline, published by Library Journal.  This fall, the director of the New Jersey Library Association asked me to put together a list of public education/advocacy dos and don’ts for library trustees, staff and friends. These are important not only so library supporters can stay on the right side of the law, but in order for everyone involved—trustees, Friends, or staff—to effectively run their campaigns, whether they are leaders or par...
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Ringing in the New Year with Oaths of Office

With the new year comes the swearing in of elected officials who were successful in the November 2017 cycle. Communication Services is happy to celebrate with our winning candidates: Holly Trexler, Albany City Court Judge Vicky Plotsky, Albany County Legislature Maureen Cunningham, Bethlehem Town Board Communication Services ran Trexler's campaign which saw her come in #2 in the September primary and then be the number 1 votegetter in the November election. We wrote and produced di...
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2017 Primary Victories

Judge Holly Trexler Wins Ten Year Term! Our innovative direct mail coupled with Communication Services' political management team of Libby Post and Sheila Healy shepherded Judge Holly Trexler to victory in the seven-way primary for Albany City Court Judge. Appointed to the bench after an arduous interview process, Trexler had to run for a full ten-year term. Running for one of three open seats, we branded Trexler as the "justice" judge. Every piece of literature, every Facebook post, every vide...
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Know Your Yes Voters

This piece appeared in the September 11, 2017 edition of Library Hotline. My clarion call for library votes is, “It’s not our job to turn out the no voters; it’s only our job to turn out the yes voters!” Sometimes library trustees and leadership volunteers look at me quizzically. I go on to explain that elections are a product of democracy but are not inherently democratic. You need to identify your yes voters and make sure they come out to vote. It’s up to someone else to remind the no vo...
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Using Direct Mail to Make Your Case for Library Advocacy

This article appeared in the July edition of Trustee Hotline published by Library Journal. The decision has been made. Your library is going to the ballot for a budget, funding proposition, or  building referendum. You’ve figured out what your message is going to be. Now, the question is—how to communicate with  voters? You’ve got social media (“Using Social Media To Advocate for Libraries,” March 27, 2017 Hotline). You’ve got one-to-one communication—in person and online via email and soc...
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New York Establishes Companion Animal Capital Fund

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Communication Services runs the New York State Animal Protection Federation. As its executive director, Communication Services' President and Strategist in Chief, Libby Post, has been working with state legislators, the NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, animals shelters and animal advocates to establish the first in the nation $5 million capital fund for New York's animal shelters. Below is the press release announcing the success. Responding to the overwhelming need to assist the state...
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