Crouch Helps Secure Public Library Construction Grants, Announces Awards

May 7, 2012

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R,I-Guilford) today announced that three public libraries in the 107th Assembly District will receive grants for construction or renovation projects. The grants are supported by a $14 million capital fund appropriation in the 2011-12 State Budget for public libraries and public library systems in New York state. Crouch said that 192 public libraries and public library systems across the state were awarded the grants.

"Libraries are an important community resource for people of all ages, and public libraries are getting the most usage seen in many years," said Crouch. "These grants will go a long way to cover reparations that have been put on hold because of budget cuts and the recession. Securing funding for this program was essential to make sure library services were maintained and to keep them efficient and up-to-date."

Crouch announced the following awards – Moore Memorial Library in Greene will receive $107,092 for planned changes that will improve the utilization of the building, improve energy conservation, and maintain building capacity to house library services. The 108-year old tile roof will be restored – tiles removed and reinstalled, new underlayment, copper gutters, flashing, etc. and damaged inside plaster will be repaired. New Berlin Library will receive $5,650 for repairs to stabilize the building for continued provision of library services and reduce maintenance and energy costs. Oxford Memorial Library will receive $53,493 for improved building access for all library users – including those with physical disabilities. Both floors of the historic Burr House will be renovated, including electric systems, to meet ADA requirements.