DeFrancisco announces library construction grants

Sen. John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced Monday that several libraries in Onondaga County have been awarded New York State Public Library Construction Grants to help make necessary improvements to their buildings.

The local grants are among 181 construction grants awarded to public libraries and library systems throughout New York state, which are supported by $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2008 state budget.

"Many of New York's public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading," DeFrancisco said. "Some are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, many are energy inefficient, and others are simply deteriorating due to age. I am very pleased that several libraries in my district have been awarded construction grants. Our libraries are a valuable resource and we should be doing all that we can to maintain them and improve upon them."

The following local libraries have been awarded construction grants:

* Elbridge Free Library -- $39,900 for roof replacement.

* Jordan Bramley Library -- $4,925 for reconstruction to create direct bathroom access and for the replacement of the rear door.

* Marcellus Free Library -- $64,048 for the installation of photovoltaic panels.

Public library construction grants help local libraries and library systems build new libraries, create additions, update electrical wiring to accommodate computer technology, meet standards of energy efficiency, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities and provide meeting rooms to accommodate community needs.

The grants announced Monday are separate from the ongoing annual appropriation for public library construction.

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