Schenectady library expansion advances

The long-planned project to expand and repair the main branch of the Schenectady County library will
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The long-planned project to expand and repair the main branch of the Schenectady County library will go out to bid in May with expectations that construction could begin in June, officials said.

However, county legislators, who hold the purse strings on the $7.7 million project, could still delay construction if bids come in excessively high.

“My position and that of the [Democratic] majority is that we absolutely have to see the cost. We have to see how much we need to borrow and what the repayment terms will be,” said county Legislator Gary Hughes, D-Schenectady, chairman of the Legislature’s Library Committee.

Nonetheless, Hughes, who serves as the county legislature’s liaison to the library’s Board of Trustees, said his personal view is “we should move forward with project. There is a commitment of private dollars.”

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