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Assemblymember Barrett Statement on the Passing of State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of New York State Librarian Bernard Margolis. In my short time as chair of the Assembly committee on Libraries and Educational Technology, Bernie went above and beyond – even in declining health – to help me...

April 16, 2018
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Historic Preservation Trades Initiative Launched by Assemblymember Barrett


Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D - Columbia, Dutchess) announced this week a new initiative to train and inspire a new generation of skilled trades people to work on our region’s sizable stock of old and historic buildings. Along with...

April 12, 2018
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Assemblymember Barrett Calls for Public Forums for Proposed Amtrak Fencing

In the wake of Amtrak’s proposal to construct fencing along portions of the railroad’s Empire corridor along the Hudson River between Rhinebeck and Stuyvesant, Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Columbia, Dutchess) submitted a letter to...

April 5, 2018
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Assemblymember Barrett: State Budget Boosts Construction Funds for Libraries

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D - Columbia, Dutchess), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, announced that the 2018-19 state budget provides a significant increase in funding for library...

April 2, 2018
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Assemblymembers Barrett and Crespo: Fund 2020 Census Programs for Public Libraries in State Budget

As New York State prepares for the 2020 Census, Assemblymembers Didi Barrett (D – Columbia, Dutchess) and Marcos Crespo (D – Bronx) have requested $1 million in the 2018-19 FY budget be appropriated to public library systems across...

March 21, 2018
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February 28, 2018
"As library directors, librarians, and advocates, your presence here at today's rally is so important. Everyone loves their libraries…but not everyone focuses on the cost involved in just opening the doors each day and how much our libraries do for our constituents, our communities, and for the social, intellectual and economic well-being of our state," stated Assemblymember Didi Barrett, Chair of the Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, during a rally advocating for library funding from the State Budget.