Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced today that he has earmarked $20,000 in discretionary state legislative funding for the Town of Tonawanda Public Library to help secure new library materials for the town’s libraries.
“I’m certainly pleased to be able to announce this special state grant for our Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda public libraries. These funds will supplement the town library system’s ‘new book budget,’ which has been impacted by the Erie County budget situation. I want to thank Tonawanda Councilmen John Flynn and Dan Crangle, who serve on the Town Board’s Information Technology/Libraries Committee, for bringing this funding need to my attention,” said Assemblyman Schimminger.
The state funding will be used to acquire new books, DVDs and CDs, video and audio tapes, and other educational materials. As part of the federated Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system, the Town of Tonawanda owns its library buildings, while the county supports the libraries’ operating expenses, including library materials. About eleven percent of the county library system’s overall budget is provided by the state.
“This news could not be coming at a better time,” said Councilman John Flynn, chairman of the Town Board’s Information Technology/Libraries Committee. “Assemblyman Schimminger continues to show his commitment to the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore in securing these funds. I have spoken with numerous individuals in the past few months who are deeply concerned about the future of our libraries and whether the public officials in our area have the commitment to preserve the quality of services that our libraries provide to the residents of Kenmore and Tonawanda. The actions of Assemblyman Schimminger echo Councilman Crangle’s and my own feelings regarding the importance of libraries and how vital they are to not only our children but the entire community.”
“Once again, Assemblyman Schimminger has stepped up to the plate to help our residents in Tonawanda and Kenmore. The funding that he has earmarked for our public libraries couldn’t come at a better time with all the budget cuts in Erie County. The library branch managers will be pleased to have this funding, and everyone who visits and utilizes our libraries will be appreciative,” said Councilman Daniel Crangle, a member of the libraries committee.
“Given the current county situation, we are especially appreciative that Assemblyman Schimminger could be counted on to come through with extra state support for our town libraries,” said Town of Tonawanda Public Library Director Jeffrey Mahaney.
“This special funding for the Ken-Ton libraries is in addition to a five percent increase in aid for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and other public library systems statewide that the State Legislature fought to include in the new state budget,” said Schimminger. “I’m glad that, working with Councilmen Flynn and Crangle, I’ve been able to bring this additional state support home to our local libraries, which provide an invaluable service to residents of all ages in our community.”