Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I – East Meadow) today announced that two libraries within the 17th Assembly District will be receiving public library construction grants. Supported by a $14 million capital fund appropriation in the 2009-10 State Budget, the statewide grants are to be used for the construction and renovation of public libraries and public library systems throughout New York state. This year, 173 construction grants were awarded across the state.
Through the grant funding, the East Williston Public Library will be receiving $18,300 for three different projects: the construction of a 700-square-foot reading and media room, a new bathroom, and new furniture and equipment for the new space. The North Merrick Public Library will be receiving $21,509 for the complete renovation of two existing bathrooms in order to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“I am happy to announce that two of our local libraries are receiving state grant funding,” said McKevitt. “Libraries are important institutions that deserve the proper care and support from the state and communities that they serve.”
The construction grants fund up to 50 percent of library construction projects. The recipient libraries may use local, state, or federal public funds, private funds, or a combination of these for the required additional funds.