Assemblyman Mark Johns (R,C-Webster) today announced that the East Rochester Public Library was awarded a New York State Public Library Construction Grant to aid with construction and renovation projects. The East Rochester Library will receive more than $275,000 for the reconstruction of the Eyer Building to house all village offices, including the community’s library.
"I am pleased that the State Public Library Construction Grant Program awarded the East Rochester Public Library more than a quarter of a million dollars for needed improvements," said Johns. "Local libraries play a critical role in the enrichment of our community, and I will continue to fight for state funding for East Rochester and all of the libraries in the 135th Assembly District. As a former Town Board liaison to local libraries, I have seen the hard work and dedication displayed by everyone in our library system."
The funding is one of 192 construction grants awarded to public libraries and systems through New York State supported by $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2011-2012 State Budget.
An audit has shown that more than 40 percent of more than 1,000 public libraries in New York State are over 60 years old and in need of renovating and upgrading. Many are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, cannot provide internet and computer services due to outdated wiring and don’t have sufficient space to house a library’s expanding collection.
In addition to the funding secured for the East Rochester Public Library, the Rochester Public Library was awarded nearly $351,000 for Phase III of the Rundel Restoration Project. Prior to his service in the State Assembly, Johns served as a liaison to the Webster Public Library during his time on the Webster Town Board.