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Tell City Hall to Protect the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium

New York City has proposed budget cuts that would have a devastating effect on the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium and all cultural institutions in the city. These institutions play a vital role in New York City’s cultural life and are gathering places for families, friends, and students to learn about and enjoy some of the world’s greatest species. They also pump more than $289 million into our economy, supporting businesses and creating jobs in New York.

Tell City Hall that you place a high value on these institutions – and that these draconian budget cuts are unacceptable.

Sign the petition below and we'll deliver the message to City Hall.

I'm deeply concerned by the proposed budget cut to New York City's cultural institutions. In the Fiscal Year 2010 adopted budget, the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium received a total of $9.3 million. If the proposed cut is accepted, the zoo and aquarium face a $3.9 million cut, bringing down city support by 42 percent to $5.4 million. 42% is a draconian cut that will have devastating impact on the zoos and aquarium operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

These cuts will have a particularly severe effect on the Society's 110-year-old Bronx Zoo, and the 114-year-old New York Aquarium, which are already facing financial challenges due to the economic crisis. These two organizations generate more than $289.6 million in economic activity annually for the city, supporting businesses and creating jobs.

Additionally, these organizations are more than drivers of economic activity in New York City. The Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium are vital to the science education of hundreds of thousands of students each year. For example, in FY 2009, 478,371 children visited the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium via school or camp and an additional 41,000 school children attend formal programming with the WCS Education Department.

A 42% budget cut will result in a reduction of the services and programming as well as jobs that New Yorkers and our communities rely on – especially in this economic climate.

I urge you to consider a logical solution to these proposed cuts for New York City's cultural institutions. I'm confident that budget decisions that affect the cultural vitality of New York City can be made using a strategic scalpel instead of an ax.

Recipients

  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg
  • New York City Council
  • City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

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Restore New York City's Cultural Funding

Dear Council Member,

I'm deeply concerned by the proposed budget cut to New York City's cultural institutions. In the Fiscal Year 2010 adopted budget, the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium received a total of $9.3 million. If the proposed cut is accepted, the zoo and aquarium face a $3.9 million cut, bringing down city support by 42 percent to $5.4 million. 42% is a draconian cut that will have devastating impact on the zoos and aquarium operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

These cuts will have a particularly severe effect on the Society's 110-year-old Bronx Zoo, and the 114-year-old New York Aquarium, which are already facing financial challenges due to the economic crisis. These two organizations generate more than $289.6 million in economic activity annually for the city, supporting businesses and creating jobs.

Additionally, these organizations are more than drivers of economic activity in New York City. The Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium are vital to the science education of hundreds of thousands of students each year. For example, in FY 2009, 478,371 children visited the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium via school or camp and an additional 41,000 school children attend formal programming with the WCS Education Department.

A 43% budget cut will result in a reduction of the services and programming that New Yorkers and our communities rely on -- especially in this economic climate.

I urge you to consider a logical solution to these proposed cuts for New York City's cultural institutions. I'm confident that budget decisions that affect the cultural vitality of New York City can be made using a strategic scalpel instead of an ax.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]