Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I,C-Peru) has secured more than $180,000 in library construction grants for local libraries to help them in their construction and renovation projects. The funds are from a one-time allocation of $14 million in capital funds for public library construction included in the 2006-2007 State Budget.
“Libraries play an integral role in the education of our children and serve as a meeting point for local organizations and social groups. That is why it is crucial that we invest in their maintenance and provide them with updated computer technology and equipment. I am proud to be supporting such an outstanding community resource and look forward to visiting our newly renovated libraries,” said Duprey.
The Saranac Lake Free Library is receiving $7,649 for the installation of a new chimney liner, replacement of fixtures, installation of doors and a new roof over the reading area. The Plattsburgh Public Library is receiving $9,675 to replace an oil burner with a gas burner. The Chateaugay Memorial Library will receive $168,160 for the purchase and conversion of a town garage into a new library including furniture, shelving and computer equipment.
According to Duprey, New York’s libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading. A recent survey showed a documented need for public library construction and renovation projects totaling $1.7 billion. More than 40 percent of the over 1,000 public libraries across New York are over 60 years old. Another 30 percent are more than three decades old.
“In considering the conditions of some libraries, I am pleased to do my part as an assemblywoman and deliver state aid to help these vital community institutions. I will continue to work hard to deliver funding that is essential to our communities,” said Duprey.