Lawmakers and library advocates call for restoration of library funding

Assemblyman Matt Slater (R- Yorktown) and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Executive Director of Mid-Hudson Library System

ALBANY- In her executive budget proposal released several weeks ago, Governor Kathy Hochul proposed cutting library operating aid by $3.5 million and library capital funding by $20 million.  Several area state officials, including Assemblyman Matt Slater (R-Yorktown), are calling for the restoration of this funding in the final enacted budget.

This past week in Albany, Slater joined a group of lawmakers and library advocates to draw support for the effort.

“Libraries are an invaluable asset to our communities and one of the last remaining free educational resources people of all ages can use and enjoy,” said Slater. “I am calling on Governor Hochul to restore her cuts to library aid immediately and stand with the dedicated volunteers and patrons of our state’s libraries.”

The final state budget is due by April first and is expected to reach a new all-time high with the total anticipated spending exceeding $227 billion.