Annual Report

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2017 Annual Report

In 2017, our efforts, along with all the library community’s local lobbying, legislative visits, and grassroots support prevented a recommended cut of $4 million in state aid.

In 2017, Library Construction grants were funded in the state budget in the amount of $24 million, which is a $5 million increase over prior years. These grants are funded by borrowed money through the State Dormitory Authority.   Funds from this appropriation of $24 million in capital funds for public library construction in the 2017 State Budget can provide up to 75 percent of approved costs of broadband installation and in acquisition, construction, renovation, or rehabilitation of public libraries or public library system headquarters.

Throughout the legislative year, we contributed regularly to those legislators who will help libraries, and continu 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. 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 reductions in federal funds flowing to New York, we will need your financial support to achieve this goal, so please donate!

Steve Bolton  –  Matt Corey  –  Dennis Fabiszak   –  Cassie Guthrie

John Hammond –  Frank McKenna  – Kathy Miller

Lauren Moore-   Debbie Podolski  –  Libby Post  –  Rusty Wigg