Raia, Conte Announce Passage of Critical Legislation Financing Elwood Library Expansion

June 19, 2006

Assemblymen Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-East Northport) and James D. Conte (R,C-Huntington Station) today announced a bill – A.10363 – vital to their Long Island districts that add Elwood Library to a list of eligible public libraries in line for state funding covering the facility’s expansion and renovation has passed the Assembly and state Senate.

“The value of libraries to our community and children is immeasurable,” said Raia. “Assemblyman Conte and I are very pleased we could get this legislation passed before the end of session.”

“Libraries are critical informational and cultural resources that help enrich the lives of citizens across our community. The planned expansion and renovation of Elwood Library will result in a win-win for our community – that’s why passage of this local initiative was so important,” Conte said.

Elwood Public Library officials are working on plans for a possible expansion and renovation of the facility. The officials requested the state grant them the option to take advantage of services provided by the New York State Dormitory Authority for financing of future projects. Local officials say the project could realize big savings through an affiliation with the Dormitory Authority.

“This is not only a victory for the library and its patrons but also for everyone trying to find cost-efficient ways to fund these new projects. It would, without a doubt, be a cost-saving measure,” concluded Raia.