Begin forwarded message:
> From: Avrum Geller
> Date: October 10, 2017 at 11:25:42 AM EDT
> To: New York Genealogy & Technology Group
> Subject: Urgent: Help Save Access to NYC Vital Records
> Most of you will have received the following notice from the NYG&B. Please take
personal action now to preserve access to NYC Vital Records and participate by following
steps described below:
> Help Save Access to NYC Vital Records
> Attention NYG&B Members: Join Our Collective Action
> LEARN MORE >
> New York City is attempting to restrict access to important records! If they succeed,
New York State and others may follow suit.
> The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is proposing a new rule
that would affect when birth and death records are made available to the public and
transferred to the Department of Records and Information Services.
> We're calling on you to take action and make your voice heard! If this rule is
passed, New York City
> birth records will be locked up for 125 years;
> death records will be inaccessible for 75 years.
> Click here to read our blog on the details of the issue. To keep these historical
records accessible to the millions who have New York ancestors, we need to mobilize
quickly and act decisively!
> MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD >
> How you can help
> 1. Send in your own comment
> Your individual written comment to the NYC Department of Health matters. Draft your
own, or simply download the letter from our website, sign your name, and send it in. Click
here to file your own comment.
> 2. Attend the hearing
> There will be a public hearing on this issue later this month. The NYG&B is
gathering as many community members as possible to pack the house and show our support for
open access to historical records! If you are able to join, we would absolutely love to
see you there. Click here for more details.
> 3. Sign the petition
> The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has prepared an official public
comment that will provide an authoritative and well-reasoned argument in support of our
position. To make this comment even more impactful, we invite everyone to sign their name
in a petition that will represent signatories to the letter. Click here to read the letter
and sign on.
> 4. Share the news
> The key to our success is to mobilize massive numbers of vocal citizens who support
our position. If each person who reads this sends it to only five of their friends or
family, we can involve thousands of people in our effort to save these records.
> Please forward this email, or click here for links to Facebook and Twitter posts that
you can also share.
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