Local Assemblyman Secures Funding For Several Chautauqua County Libraries

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JAMESTOWN – Assemblyman Andy Goodell announced Friday he has secured more than $500,000 in funding for local library construction projects in the 2019 State Budget.

Goodell said the state funds up to 75 percent of approved costs of broadband installation and the acquisition, construction, renovation, or rehabilitation of public libraries or public library system headquarters.

Any public library or public library system chartered by the Regents of the State of New York or established by an act of the New York State Legislature is eligible to apply for State Aid for Library Construction, said Goodell.

“Local libraries struggle with reduced funding and increased costs, creating challenges to their budgets and ability to provide the services relied on by their communities,” Goodell explained. “It is extremely difficult to raise funds for construction in addition to funding routine operating budgets.  This construction aid is a valuable resource for libraries to keep their facilities current, viable, safe, and compliant.”

The application deadline for the next round of awards is October 2, 2019.  For more visit nysl.nysed.gov.


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