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2016 Annual Report

In 2016, our efforts, along with all the library community’s local lobbying, legislative visits, and grassroots support yielded significant improvements in state aid over the prior year. In January’s Executive Budget, the increase we received in 2015 was included as part of the Governor’s proposal, so we started the budget cycle with that money safely accounted for.  We are grateful to Governor Cuomo for including this amount in his budget.

In its budget, our good friends in the Senate once again included $5 million in state aid to libraries, and the Assembly also budgeted $5 million.  Subsequent to final budget negotiations, the approved state budget included an additional $4 million in state aid to libraries, bringing the total up to $95.6 million.  These funds are distributed across the library community, helping all kinds of libraries and library systems improve services to their users.

Library Construction grants were funded in the state budget in the amount of $19 million, which is a $5 million increase over prior years. These grants are funded by borrowed money through the State Dormitory Authority.   Additionally, a final reimbursement of MTA payroll taxes paid by libraries was included in the state budget in the amount of $1.3 million.

Since last summer, we have contributed regularly to those legislators who will help libraries, and are continuing to do so.  These contributions have rewarded our friends, brought us access to decision-makers, and have signaled a seriousness of intent within the library community. In 2017, we need to sustain these activities, and have set a goal of an additional $7 million to bring state aid to libraries up to the statutory amounts.  Given the anticipated $2 billion state budget shortfall, we will need your financial support to achieve this goal, so please donate!

Steve Bolton  –  Matt Corey  –  Dennis Fabrizak   –  Cassie Guthrie   –

John Hammond   –  Terry Kirchner  –  Frank McKenna  –  Kathy Miller  –  Lauren Moore   –

Debbie Podolski  –  Libby Post  –  Bridget Quinn-Carey  –  Rusty Wigg