Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) and Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) recently announced that Governor David Paterson signed a bill into law, which they sponsored, to make the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library eligible for construction and financing through the New York State Dormitory Authority.
Although the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library is not currently working on expansion or renovation plans, they will use the financing for future expansion and renovation projects.
Senator Hannon said, "The library came to me for assistance, and I am pleased to have been able to help them out. The Plainview-Old Bethpage Library is a great facility and the staff there works very hard for the community. I wish them much success."
Assemblyman Lavine said, "Since joining the New York State Assembly I have had the good fortune of getting to know the Plainview Old- Bethpage Library and see firsthand how their dedication to outreach truly benefits the community. I am happy to have had the opportunity to sponsor legislation that will assist them financially so they continue to improve their facility."
The State Dormitory Authority is the public finance and construction partner of choice. It provides customers with low cost, quality sources of capital and facilities delivered on time by a responsive, innovative team of professionals. The Authority currently has 685 projects statewide in its construction book valued at $6.3 billion including hospitals, courthouses, residence halls, research facilities, nursing homes, psychiatric centers and public libraries. The Authority has a workforce of 574 and an annual operating budget of $86 million. With its "All Green - Only Green" initiative that took effect January 1, 2008, the Authority is poised to become a national leader in the financing and construction management of highly energy efficient and environmentally sustainable public purpose buildings.
"We always have ideas and plans and we are going to do some things in the coming year," said Library Director Gretchen Browne. "This will help us as we go forward and consider new plans. Thanks to Senator Hannon and Assemblyman Lavine who are true friends of the library and who have also come through with legislative appropriation funds for the library,"