Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, I, Ref-Mahopac) announced today that he has successfully secured a $13,000 state grant for the Putnam Valley Library through New York State’s Bullet Aid program. The appropriation represents a major victory for proponents of state support for local libraries, and will assist the facility in its planned Community Room renovation and efforts to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act’s standards for accessible design.
Bullet Aid grants are delivered to hundreds of libraries across New York through a program of targeted aid via state education funding. The funding promises to support the Putnam Valley Library’s efforts to increase ease of access as well as provide a full suite of services to the many residents who visit the library.
“Our local libraries play a crucial role in our communities, and as lawmakers, we have a responsibility to provide these learning centers with the funding and support they need to serve residents of all abilities,” said Assemblyman Byrne. “I am thrilled to announce the Putnam Valley Library’s receipt of this bullet aid and look forward to seeing the positive impact this grant will have on the library and its visitors.”
“We are grateful for the generous Bullet Aid provided to us by the Assembly, facilitated by Kevin Byrne. Small libraries like ours struggle for every dollar, and these important grants make it possible to offer the kinds of services our patrons so richly deserve,” said Terry Raskyn, the President of the Putnam Valley Library’s Board of Trustees.