Summer 2003

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Advocates Win History-Making Vote On Library Aid

By Valerie Chevrette, New York State Library

Summer 2003 issue of Trustee

The hard work and persistence of trustees and other library advocates helped achieve a history-making vote in Albany when the Assembly and the Senate overrode the Executive veto of $13.3 million in library aid.  

Your Senators and Assembly members demonstrated their commitment to ensuring New Yorkers have the libraries and library services they need in the 21st century.  Letters and phone calls provide an excellent way to express gratitude to legislators for their support of library funding.  

The history-making legislative action in Albany is encouraging to the future of library funding.  Libraries are achieving the recognition they deserve as vital to education, business, and communities in New York State.

On the down side, the override of the Executive veto provides only flat funding for libraries.  Library use is surging, and New Yorkers need their libraries more than ever.  New Century Libraries, the visionary proposal from the Board of Regents, would provide much-needed new funding for libraries of all types.  In this time of fiscal crisis, New Century Libraries remains a top priority of the Regents.  

Now that library funding has been restored for the coming year, library advocates need to redouble their efforts to have the New Century Libraries legislation enacted.  

Library advocacy meetings in Clarence, Sachem, and Syracuse have helped build a network of support and action.  The coming year promises to be as challenging as ever, and future advocacy events will build on the momentum gained by library advocates.  

Watch for news of upcoming advocacy meetings and events.  Trustees are urged to join The ADVOCATE, a library advocacy listserv that provides a forum for sharing information, ideas, and calls-to-action.  To join the listserv contact David Dudek at Hobart and William Smith Colleges at

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