LoHud – “Libraries in the Lower Hudson Valley are being squeezed by increased demand for the no-charge information and cultural services they offer at the same time their expenses are rising and their funding is in serious jeopardy. The 63 public libraries in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties spent a combined $103 million in public money to run their operations in 2009, a 6 percent increase from 2007. And while spending is up, it has not kept pace with demand. The number of people using Lower Hudson Valley libraries rose 9 percent from 2007 to 2009.”
NY Daily News – “The residents of Highbridge, an isolated and forgotten hilltop neighborhood behind the new Yankee Stadium, finally have something to cheer more important than an Alex Rodriguez home run. “We’re getting our library back,” Aida Davis, a 69-year-old great-grandmother, said, smiling.”
NYLA – “NYLA has launched a “SnapShotNY: A Day in the Life of A Library” initiative, similar to ones conducted in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Illinois, that documents in statistics, pictures, videos and user comments just how busy and essential libraries are.”
News10Now – “New York State libraries are facing deep cuts as a result of Governor Paterson’s 2010-2011 budget proposal. Our Sabina Kuriakose has more on why library advocates say the cuts couldn’t come at a worse time.”
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Library Journal – “In another example of how libraries can suffer disproportionate cuts in a down economy, New York State Governor David Paterson (left in photo), as part of a massive package of reductions, has proposed cutting $20 million in library aid, a 20 percent cut.”
Albany Times Union – “New York’s public libraries expect to see a surge in activity as economic times get tougher, according to the New York Library Association.”
The New York Library Association may have hit a snag in their efforts to use legislators in READ posters.
"The proposed new law, which legislative leaders worked out with Gov. Eliot Spitzer, bans all lobbying gifts except those of nominal value. Also, public officials will not be allowed to appear in any ads paid for with taxpayers’ dollars.
Michael J. Borges, executive director and chief lobbyist of the Library Association, which also employs the Crane, Vacco and Sanders lobbying firm, considers the READ posters within the limits of the proposed new law. They’re worth about $15 each, he said, and just one is given to each pictured lawmaker, with the hope the legislator will buy more."