Stec & Little Announce 7 Library Construction Projects in the North Country
Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury) and Sen. Betty Little (R,C,IP-45th Senate District) announced today that the New York State Library and New York State Education Department have approved 230 construction projects for public libraries and public library systems around the state, including 7 here in the North Country. The projects are supported by $24 million in statewide capital fund appropriations secured in the 2017 State Budget.
The 7 libraries receiving funds for projects include Paine Memorial Free Library, Schroon Lake Public Library, Keene Valley Library Association, Sherman Free Library, Keeseville Free Library Association, Crandall Public Library and the Pember Library and Museum.
“Libraries remain a crucial part of our local communities,” said Stec. “They serve as educational resources and community centers for learning for our rural communities. Over the years we have seen our libraries struggle due to a lack of funding. During the last two legislative sessions, the tides have turned and I am very happy to have played a part in providing funding to help bolster our struggling libraries. I can’t wait to see all these projects after they are completed and hope these renovations and upgrades will help improve our community’s library experience.”
“One of the things that make our communities and our nation great is our network of public libraries accessible to all,” said Senator Betty Little. “Each year, I am pleased to be able to secure funding in the state budget which goes directly to local libraries in the form of small grants to help them improve the services they offer their patrons. These additional funds for much larger capital projects will help our libraries make important upgrades to ensure they are safe, accessible and welcoming.”