Assemblymember Sam Roberts and Onondaga Free Library Announce NYS Grant

Funding will go towards new security system for patron safety
May 7, 2012
Assemblymember Sam Roberts (D/WF-Syracuse) announced that the Onondaga Free Library will receive nearly $6,000 in public library construction grant funding. The funding was approved by Assemblymember Roberts in last year’s state budget and will be used for a new security system to enhance public safety.

"On behalf of the community, staff, Board of Trustees, and Friends of Onondaga Free Library, I am pleased to announce the successful award of a NYS Public Library Construction Grant,” Susan Morgan, Director of the Onondaga Free Library, said. “The library is an essential community resource and provides an invaluable learning environment. With this funding, we will be able to install a security system to provide additional building safety and security for our patrons and staff."

As a member of the Assembly Libraries Committee, Assemblymember Roberts has fought to ensure that libraries across the state receive the funding they need to continue playing a vital role in their communities. Last year, he toured libraries in his district and was able to witness first-hand how valuable library services and their workers can be for the community.

“Central New York libraries, like the Onondaga Free Library, offer a variety of resources and tools for families,” Assemblymember Roberts said. “It’s absolutely vital that we protect its funding. Not only is it a creative outlet for children to learn, but it provides members of our community the access they need to resources like the Internet and job training.”