Assemblyman Ramos: State Grants Will Allow Local Libraries To Improve Infrastructure
March 5, 2009
Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D-Central Islip) announced that local libraries will receive nearly $130,000 for infrastructure improvements. The grants for the Brentwood and Central Islip public libraries come from the $14 million allocation in capital funds for public library construction that Ramos fought for in the 2008-2009 State Budget. “These grants are an excellent use of state funding,” Ramos said. “During a recession, families must look for entertainment and learning opportunities that fit their budgets. Libraries provide free books, internet access and community programs, so it’s important we invest in these valuable institutions when times are tough.” The awards include:
- $102,477 to the Central Islip Public Library for construction of a new storage building; and
- $27,500 to the Brentwood Public Library for the renovation of existing space to create a coffee bar area.