Thiele Announces Grants For Suffolk County

July 5, 2007
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (R, I, C – Sag Harbor) announced today that the New York State Archives, in conjunction with the Local Government Records Advisory Council, has awarded a number of Local Government Records grants within the 2nd Assembly District.

“I would like to thank the State Archives and the Local Government Records Advisory Council for their generosity to the local governments in my community. The upkeep of public records and information is overwhelming and vital to our success as a community. These grants will really help keep things running smoothly and I am very appreciative,” said Thiele.

The New York State Archives offers grants to local governments and community organizations to support the management of the millions of pieces of information kept in public records. This year the New York State Archives is awarding approximately $10 million in grants across the state, averaging $26,233 per Local Government Record grant.

The grants are supported by the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund (LGRMIF), which was first established in 1989 by the State Legislature. LGRMIF’s funding derives from a small percentage of the fees paid when people file or record documents with country clerks and the Register of the City of New York.

Specifically, seven grants have been awarded throughout the 2nd Assembly District, totaling nearly $180,000:

  • Hampton Bays Union Free School District received $7,262 for records inventory;
  • South Country Central School District received $36,583 for imagine and document management;
  • The Village of Southampton has received two grants (of $6,265 and $6,657) to assist inventory and planning;
  • The Town of Southampton has been awarded $19,664 to help finance record indexing and access; and
  • Suffolk County projects also received two grants, including the County Land Records Initiative ($74,274) and storage and retrieval for the Community College’s records ($28,470).

All local governments can apply for grants through the New York State Archives. To find out more or to apply for next year’s grants, please visit the State Archives official website at www.archives.nysed.gov or call (518) 474-6926.