2015 Annual Report

Dear Fellow Member of the New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC, 
 
This year the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Steering Committee again decided to defer publishing a Voters’ Guide, and instead offers you this legislative update. 
 
Our efforts, along with all the library community’s local lobbying, legislative visits, and grassroots support yielded significant improvements in state aid over the prior year. In January’s Executive Budget, the increase we received in 2014 was included as part of the Governor’s proposal, so we started the budget cycle with that money safely accounted for.  We are grateful to Governor Cuomo for including this amount in his budget.
 
In its budget, our good friends in the Senate once again included $5 million in state aid to libraries, and the Assembly budgeted $2 million.  Subsequent to final budget negotiations, the approved state budget included an additional $5 million in state aid to libraries, bringing the total up to $91.2 million.  These funds are distributed across the library community, helping all kinds of libraries and library systems improve services to their users.
 
Library Construction grants were funded in the state budget in the amount of $14 million, which is the same amount as prior years. These grants are funded by borrowed money through the State Dormitory Authority. 
 
Since last summer, we have contributed $44,375 to those who will help libraries.  These contributions have rewarded our friends, brought us access to decision-makers, and have signaled a seriousness of intent within the library community. In 2016, we need to sustain these activities, and have set a goal of an additional $10 million to bring state aid to libraries up to the statutory amounts.  We need your financial support to achieve this goal, so please donate!  To contribute, go to http://newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org 
 
Steve Bolton - Matt Corey - Dennis Fabrizak - Cassie Guthrie
John Hammond - Terry Kirchner - Frank McKenna - Kathy Miller - Lauren Moore
Debbie Podolski - Libby Post - Bridget Quinn-Carey - Rusty Wigg

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