OGDENSBURG – State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that libraries in central and upstate New York will receive more than $ 300,000 in public library construction funds to help modernize their facilities.
The grants awarded will help local libraries make important upgrades, including ones that will increase energy efficiency, improve accessibility for people with disabilities, expand community spaces and more.
“Libraries are vital parts of communities across the region I represent, providing everything from books and job search tools to internet access and cultural events,” said Senator Ritchie. “Even during the pandemic, hardworking local library staff continued to provide important services and resources to their clients. I am delighted that several people in my district are receiving the funding they need to perform upgrades and look forward to seeing how they improve the library user experience.
Funding allocations are supported by a $ 14 million capital appropriation in the 2020/2021 state budget for the construction and renovation of public libraries and library systems in New York State.
Details on funded projects in Senator Ritchie’s District are as follows:
Fulton Public Library – $ 111,902
The Fulton Public Library will expand the community hall, increase storage space and improve access to the lower level fire exit on the north side.
Madrid Hepburn Library – $ 25,358
The Madrid Library will update the fire alarm system, install the CCTV setup and install a back-up generator to run the building during a power outage.
Waddington Hepburn Library – $ 16,125
The library is seeking funds for the installation of a 4 ton high speed system in the attic with all ductwork upstairs and two ducts in the basement.
Parish Public Library – $ 153,302
The parish public library project will complete interior work, create new spaces, and add an accessibility elevator and gutters to the addition.