2020 Annual Report
In 2020, our efforts, along with all the library community’s local lobbying, legislative visits, and grassroots support yielded substantial legislative support. It appeared that at the very least, we would achieve our goal of over-turning the library aid reductions outlined in the Executive Budget.
Then the Coronavirus hit the state with a vengeance. As we all know, everything changed immediately. Although the lion’s share of state aid to libraries was preserved, we were not able to raise the public library construction aid above $11 million, and cuts in operating aid are still unresolved, as NYS budget amounts are contingent upon outside factors such as federal emergency aid.
During this 2020 legislative season, the New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC donated over $18,000 to those legislators who will help or have helped libraries. These contributions by NY4BL PAC have rewarded our friends, brought us access to decision-makers, and have signaled a seriousness of intent within the library community.
As has been the case since our beginnings, we will need your financial support to protect library funding, so please donate, attend our fundraisers, and support us in any way you can.
Steve Bolton – Tim Burke – Matt Corey – AnnaLee Dragon – Cassie Guthrie – John Hammond – Brian Hildreth – James Olney – – Debbie Podolski