A Letter from Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA Executive Director

Thanks to the efforts of thousands of library advocates from across New York State, our voices were heard!  The NYS Legislature has released their “one house” budget proposals for this year’s budget – and those bills include the single largest increase in funding to the Library Construction Aid Program EVER – a $50M addition to the program, for a total of $64M!! This is in addition to both houses restoring the Governor’s proposed $4M cut to Library Aid.

Click HERE to send your message of support for Library Funding NOW!

Here are the details on the two “one house” budget bills as they relate to library funding:

Assembly

  • State Library Aid: +$4M over Governor’s Executive Budget – total of $95.62M, which would restore the Governor’s cut.
  • State Library Construction Aid: +$50M over Governor’s Executive Budget – total of $64M, which includes language to ensuring the needs of NYC libraries are addressed

Senate

  • State Library Aid: +$6M over Governor’s Executive Budget – total of $97.627M, which would restore the Governor’s cut and ADD $2M in funding
  • State Library Construction Aid: +$50M over Governor’s Executive Budget – total of $64M

We are extremely grateful for the leadership and dedication of Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries, and Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, for this proposed historic investment. They have fought to ensure library issues were part of every budget discussion.

Even though these proposals look very similar, they are simply the basis for three-way negotiations leading up to passage of the NY State Budget.

OUR WORK IS FAR FROM DONE!

In order to ensure that these proposals arrive intact in the final NYS Budget, we NEED YOU!

Even if you have already sent in a letter via the NYLA Online Advocacy Center this year, now is the time to DO IT AGAIN!  There is a NEW LETTER in the system that calls upon your representatives to fight to keep this proposed funding for libraries!

 

Use our pre-drafted letter to voice your support for fully funding NYS Library Aid in the NYS Budget – it takes less than two minutes.

Click HERE to send your message of support for Library Funding NOW!

Help us spread the word – invite your coworkers, friends and family to take action!

Forward this message, share, post, tweet – pass it on!

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Together we can ensure that this historic investment in our libraries infrastructure doesn’t slip through our fingers.

Excelsior!

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Advocating for New York’s libraries requires funding.  Your support allows NYLA to amplify our message and be heard in Albany.  Donations to NYLA are tax-deductible.

To make a donation to NYLA’s Advocacy Fund, please click HERE.

EVERY MESSAGE COUNTS.  YOUR VOICE MATTERS.

Jeremy Johannesen, CAE, Executive Director New York Library Association

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