2017 Annual Report
In 2017, our efforts, along with all the library community’s local lobbying, legislative visits, and grassroots support yielded stable state aid over the prior year. In January’s Executive Budget, the increase we received in 2016 was removed as part of the Governor’s proposal, so we started the budget cycle in the hole. We continue to be disappointed in Governor Cuomo’s attitude concerning library aid.
In their budgets, both the Assembly and Senate included $5 million in state aid to libraries. Subsequent budget discussions reduced that amount to $4 million, which represented the amount cut by Andrew Cuomo. Thus, the approved 2017 state budget includes $95.6 million in state aid to libraries; 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 $24 million, which is a $5 million increase over the prior years. These grants are funded by borrowed money through the State Dormitory Authority, and are very helpful in developing and sustaining library buildings throughout the state. We are very grateful to our friends in the New York State Legislature for this increase.
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 2018, 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. 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