2019 Annual Report
In 2019, our efforts, along with all the library community’s local lobbying, legislative visits, and grassroots support yielded no increased state aid over the prior year, but did avert a significant cut of $4 million that had been recommended by Andrew Cuomo. Additionally, an additional cut of $11 million in construction funding, also recommended by Andrew Cuomo, was avoided through legislative action on the last day of the legislative session. We are grateful to the legislature for restoring these cuts, and to all the individuals and organizations that alerted their representatives of the importance of restoration. All in all, it was a tough year when the library community had to fight so hard just to stay in place.
During this 2019 legislative season, the New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC donated over $32,000 to those legislators who will help or have helped libraries. These contributions by the PAC have rewarded our friends, brought us access to decision-makers, and have signaled a seriousness of intent within the library community.
Given the ongoing disregard that Andrew Cuomo has demonstrated toward libraries, we are going to need to sustain and enhance our political action committee activities to make sure our voices are heard within the cacophony of the Albany political culture. To do so, we will need your financial support , so please donate, attend our fundraisers, and support us in any way you can.
Steve Bolton – Matt Corey – Cassie Guthrie – John Hammond Brian Hildreth – James Olney – Debbie Podolski