Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend
New York State Assembly 124th Assembly District
P.O. Box 441, Big Flats, NY 14814 742-7775
represents all of Chemung County except towns of Catlin, Veteran, Erin, VanEtten

Assemblyman Phillip Palmesano
New York State Assembly 132nd Assembly District
105 E. Steuben Street, Bath, NY 14810 776-9791
represents all of Schuyler County and Chemung County towns of Catlin, Veteran, Erin, VanEtten

Senator Thomas F. O’Mara
New York State Senate 58th Senate District
333 East Water Street, Elmira, NY 14901 735-9671
represents all of Chemung and Schuyler Counties

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Executive Chamber – State Capitol
Albany, New York 12224
518-474-8390
518-486-9693 (fax)

SAMPLE LETTER to send to your Assemblymember & Senator O’Mara, who represents Chemung & Schuyler counties. Click on the appropriate representative above to send an email.

Dear Assemblyman Palmesano:

I am writing to ask for your help sustaining Foreclosure Prevention Counseling Services in Chemung and Schuyler counties and across New York State.

As you may know, Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler offers Foreclosure Prevention Services in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties. Since 2008, Catholic Charities has provided counseling to 630 homeowners facing foreclosure in these counties, helping them understand their options and achieve affordable mortgage loan modifications to save their home. Catholic Charities partners with LAWNY to provide legal representation for homeowners involved in foreclosure counseling, especially for judicial settlement conferences and to defend foreclosures in court. No local homeowner should have to navigate the confusing foreclosure process alone.

These services have been funded through the NYS Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP).  Sadly, this funding will end on September 30, 2017, despite the fact that foreclosure filings remain critically high across the state (34,000 new filings in 2016 and 72,000 pending foreclosure cases). Vacant and abandoned homes caused by foreclosure can turn into “zombie” properties that drag down property values and create unsafe conditions in our towns and neighborhoods. Please join your colleagues in the NYS Legislature to ensure the survival of the effective and highly trained network of foreclosure prevention services in New York State.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Sincerely,

Your name and address