It looks like there may be a 20% cut in library aide coming up for New York state. I hope this does not leave me in a tough spot. I know it may affect the library where I work considerably. http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6614441.html?desc=topstory It may be protest time. Times are about to get very tough.
If you are in New York, you can locate your assemblyperson on this page by putting in your zipcode. http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/ . All of the assembly people have an email contact form where you can send a comment directly to them. I have already done this. I'll probably find myself at a protest sometime soon. I regularly write short comments to my assembly people and usually get a response back.
You can also search for your state senator using the zipcode form. http://www.senate.state.ny.us/sdlookup.nsf/Public_search?OpenForm . All of them also have a contact form on their senate web page.
Do not be afraid to contact your local politicians. It is what they are there for. If your politicians democrat or republican is unwilling to take messages they should not be in office. They are there because you voted for them as citizens.
I realize some people think it is not a good idea to be politically active. State employees are funded by politicians. If you are not active sometimes, your job can be voted away, or budgeted away. This especially true when government budgets get tight.
Here is another article from the New York Library Association on the further proposed cuts. http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=1623