Extends certain provisions of the public library construction grant program authorizing grants for the purchase of property for library construction and increased aid for economically disadvantaged communities, until 2020.
Ayes (61): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 498 of the laws of 2011 amending the education law relating to the public library construction grant program, in relation to extending the provisions of such chapter
To extend certain provisions of the public library construction grant program which were originally enacted in 2011.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill extends the sunset date from March 31, 2015 to March 31, 2020.
Chapter 498 of the Laws of 2011.
Chapter 498 of the Laws of 2011 took effect in April 2012 and is due to sunset on March 31, 2015. In order to better address the needs of libraries, the 2011 law made two changes in the way that public library construction grants are used and awarded. It authorized funding of up to 75% of project costs from the state for construction projects by public libraries located in "economically disadvantaged communities." Some communities had difficulty meeting the previous 50% match requirement for existing critical infrastructure needs, let alone new construction. The 2011 law also permits state matching funds to be used for the acquisition of vacant lands which can be a very important mechanism for potential neighborhood revitalization projects in abandoned city centers. The bill would continue these two options for an additional five years by extending the sunset date from March 31, 2015 to March 31, 2020.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6329 IN SENATE January 14, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend chapter 498 of the laws of 2011 amending the education law relating to the public library construction grant program, in relation to extending the provisions of such chapter THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2 of chapter 498 of the laws of 2011 amending the education law relating to the public library construction grant program, is amended to read as follows: S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law and shall expire and be deemed repealed March 31,
2020. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13484-01-4