Three libraries in Oswego County will receive state money to help with upgrades, increase handicapped accessibility and improve energy efficiency.
The libraries are:
Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library, Sandy Creek — $17,760
Hannibal Free Library — $11,798
Mexico Public Library — $46,997
There are more than 7,000 public libraries in New York state, including more than 50 public libraries in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties — one of the largest concentrations of public libraries in any state senate district.
State Sen. Patricia Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, said she supported increased library support in the recent state budget. The money announced Wednesday is part of $14 million for public library construction provided in the 2013 state Budget.
“The libraries throughout Central and Northern New York are such fantastic resources for taxpayers in our region; offering books, new technology and countless community activities,” Ritchie said.
A bill has passed the state Senate that would allow Oswego County to continue to negotiate tax agreements with the operators of three nuclear power plants in Scriba.
The bill (S. 6660-A) extends for 15 years a state law that has allowed the county and school districts to enter into multi-year agreements on property tax payments by the plant operators, providing stability for local budgets as well as the operating companies’ bottom lines.Continue reading →