Four local libraries have been awarded construction grants by the New York State Department of Education.

The funding comes from a $14 million capital fund appropriation in the 2014-15 state budget to support the construction and renovation of public libraries and library systems in New York.

“Our libraries are more popular than ever and are a vital part of our communities. It is important to make sure that these facilities are safe and accessible, and can meet the demands of the growing number of people using them.  These grants are a very worthwhile investment in the future of our region,” Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said.

The following libraries were awarded grants:

  • Dunham Public Library, Whitesboro, $61,537 for a new rooftop HVAC system, and the purchase of adjacent property.
  • Jervis Public Library, Rome, $50,124, installation of security gates at public entrances, and the construction of a vestibule.
  • Mid-York Library System, Utica, $84,461, Phase III of the new parking lot project, new siding, upgraded security system, and HVAC units for the data center.
  • Utica Public Library, $29,738 for the installation of a new HVAC control system for energy efficiency