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State awards funding for libraries across Capital Region

State awards funding for libraries across Capital Region

Money will go to several construction projects
State awards funding for libraries across Capital Region
An addition will be built onto the Scotia Library on Mohawk Avenue.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

CAPITAL REGION — Local state legislators this week announced state funding for capital projects at public libraries across the region.

Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, R-Ballston, said the Schenectady County Public Library will be receiving $345,077 toward construction of a new addition at the Scotia branch, and that the Galway Public Library in Saratoga County will receive $311,804 toward the exterior and interior construction for the library it is building on East Street in Galway.

The new Galway library is scheduled for a Sept. 21 grand opening, according to library officials. The current smaller library on Sacandaga Road will close on Aug. 29 in preparation for the move.

Also in Saratoga County, state Sen. Daphne Jordan, R-Halfmoon, announced that the Saratoga Springs Public Library will be receiving a $315,465 grant for mechanical system upgrades.

Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie, said that $181,505 has been awarded to the William Sanford Town Library in Colonie for a new teen space, meeting rooms and a processing area.

For Montgomery County, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, announced funding for three library projects:

  • $245,239 to the Fort Plain Free Library for a new addition and other exterior upgrades.
  • $72,941 to the Amsterdam Free Library for lighting upgrades.
  • $66,450 to the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery for needed window renovations.

In Fulton County, Assemblyman Robert Smullen, R-Meco, announced that the Gloversville Public Library will receive $76,006 for window replacement, upgrades to the auditorium and improved signage.

In Schoharie County, $118,706 was awarded to the Cobleskill Public Library for installation of Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks.

These projects were among $34 million in capital funds for public library construction and broadband infrastructure projects included in the 2018-2019 state budget.

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