Brindisi announces grants to help area libraries modernize

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi

Brindisi announces grants to help area libraries modernize

Grants will be used to improve accessibility and security and make much needed structural repairs

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi today announced libraries in the 119th Assembly District will be receiving a total of nearly $300,000 in state aid to fund construction projects to improve accessibility and security and make much-needed structural repairs.

The construction grants are being awarded through $24 million in capital funds provided in the 2017-18 state budget.

“Libraries in our region are being utilized more than ever, yet many are in need of basic renovations and upgrades,” Brindisi said. “Our library buildings often are more than 60 years old and need structural repairs. The state’s Public Library Construction Fund helps libraries complete projects that make them more accessible to the disabled, improve energy efficiency and allows them to expand programs and services. This funding allows libraries to modernize and meet the needs of their patrons.”

The following are grants awarded to libraries in the 119th Assembly District in the 2017-18 state budget under the State’s Library Construction Program:

  • Mid-York Library System, Utica, $112,288 for roof replacement, foundation restoration and other exterior improvements.
  • Dunham Public Library, Whitesboro, $99,231, to construct a new entrance with a security system and replacement of the HVAC System.
  • Frankfort Free Library, $86,715, improved accessibility features for the main entrance.

Brindisi says in the 2018-2019 State Budget the State Legislature provided $34 million for projects that will be announced in the summer of 2019.

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