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2018-08-09 / Local News

Cheektowaga library receives state funding

The Julia Boyer Reinstein Library in Cheektowaga will be getting upgrades to its heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit, as well as the building’s doors, thanks to newly secured state funding.

Assemblywoman Monica Wallace and Sen. Tim Kennedy recently announced that the facility would be receiving a total of $116,483 in funding for the capital improvements.

Glenn Luba, director of Cheektowaga Public Libraries, thanked the two legislators for not only maintaining the grant money, but also for significantly increasing the money available this year.

“The construction grant funding is a tremendous assistance to libraries, allowing us to be able to make our spaces more efficient, accessible and inviting for our communities,” Luba said.

The funding will be used to replace six exterior wood and glass doors, replace the main air-handling unit’s cooling coil and exterior condensing unit, improve the efficiency of the HVAC and implement more climate friendly refrigerants, and modify the meeting room air-handling unit to better handle excess humidity conditions.

“Whether it is exploring new literature, providing much-needed access to computers or assisting residents with searching for employment, the impact that libraries have on our communities is immeasurable,” said Wallace. “It is critical that libraries have the funding they need to make updates and repairs to continue providing important services.

“I firmly believe that investments in libraries are investments in the future of our community, which is why I will continue to support funding for projects like this in the Assembly.”

It is not just Cheektowaga’s library that will be seeing improvements. The funding is a portion of a total of $24 million that was allocated in the 2017 state budget for construction and renovation of libraries.

“A strong library not only leads to a stronger workforce, but it serves as a gathering place to help keep our communities unified and vibrant,” said Kennedy. “By investing in our public libraries, New York is investing in future generations, and I know this much-needed funding will go a long way at Julia Boyer Reinstein Public Library.”

The projects involving the library, which served more than 238,000 patrons last year, are expected to be completed by Labor Day.

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