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January 10, 2018
"Getting a local match for that grant…maybe you would have a sense of how big a problem that is? Are there libraries that are not applying because of the match requirements and should we be looking at more flexibility in that area to make sure that libraries that really need the money that have tight budgets have some access to the program?" asked Assemblyman Steven Otis, questioning MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of the New York State Education Department, and Mark Schaming, Cultural Education Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department, at a public hearing held by the Assembly Standing Committee on Libraries and Technology to review the impact and effectiveness of funding of libraries in New York State including funding for library construction and the allocation of State Aid to libraries. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE