Bethlehem Public Library to receive state funds

State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, told the attending crowd the cuts were on the way to being restored.

"I can tell you that the Senate Democratic Conference met last night, and we are going to restore the $18 million cuts back into the budget," Oppenheimer said. "There is probably not a single line item in the budget more important to me than libraries."

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, said there is support for libraries in the Assembly majority.

"There has been great support in the Assembly for full restoration for your services," said Paulin. "Together we will work to ensure libraries get what you need to ensure the important services you provide."

In a non-partisan effort, Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, said libraries are more important than politics.

"There are 30 votes in my conference to restore the $18 million," Farley said. "Libraries are non-partisan, it doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or Republican but you have to support libraries.""

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