Assemblyman Ed Ra was pleased to participate in the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day on February 28. Ra met with representatives from local libraries in the 19th Assembly District and the Nassau Library System to talk about State Library Aid, which remains significantly below the New York State Education law’s required amount.
“Libraries are important aspects of any community, they don’t only provide reading materials, they provide research opportunities, classes and so many other essential services,” said Ra. “Despite a growing need to support libraries services, last year our libraries received $95.5 million in funding, placing aid at 2006 levels. In order to modernize and maintain our libraries we need construction aid investments. In addition to speaking at rallies to show my support for restoring library aid to a modern level, I have also spoken out against cuts to library and construction aid, which are currently in the governor’s proposed budget. We need to bring our libraries into the modern world and provide adequate support so they can continue to help our communities flourish.”