The Committee to Save New York, a coalition of business groups that supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fiscal agenda of spending cuts and a property tax cap, is hard at work trying to drum up grassroots-efforts for the governor.
The committee used a two-pronged approach last week in the wake of the governor’s budget presentation. They used canvassers to go on a door-to-door campaign and used a phone bank to call voters to query them on their support for the budget plan.
Supportive voters were asked to contact their state legislator and tell them in person they liked what they with Cuomo.
Bill Cunningham, a spokesman for DKC who has bee doing media work for the group, said there is more to come.
“We’re going door to door in some areas. In some areas we’re doing phone banks. So we have a mixed outreach. Last week it would have certainly included the governor’s budget,” Cunningham said.
The group also produced a commercial prior to the budget coming out.
“We’re contemplating doing some more media, but I wouldn’t say in the next few days. But that’s something we’ll have in the future,” Cunningham said.
The effort is a mirror to what’s been done in past budget years, when unions, education and health-care groups campaigned heavily against cuts or, in some cases, more spending. The campaigns have proved extremely effective from governors Pataki through Paterson. So far, none of the traditional budget opponents have come out strongly against the proposal with an air campaign.