Library Legislation in New York State: 2012 Chapters

2012 Laws Relating to State Funding for Libraries

Chapter 50

S.6250-D/A.9050-D

State Operations Budget Bill: Provides a state operations appropriation of $521,000 for 2012-2013 to the State Education Department for the New York State Library for the conservation / preservation program (Education Law 273(7)) and the Talking Book Braille Library (Education Law 273(8)). Signed by Governor, 4/11/12

Chapter 53

S.6253-E/A.9053-E

Aid to Localities Budget Bill: Provides a local assistance appropriation for 2012-2013 Library Aid of $79,012,000, plus additional aid to public libraries of $2,615,000 and $1,300,000.

Chapter 54

S.6254-D/A.9054-D

Capital Projects Budget: Provides a $14 million capital appropriation for 2012-2015 grants for public library construction, renovation and rehabilitation (Education Law 273-a). Signed by Governor, 4/11/12

Chapter 57

S.6257-E/A.9057-D

Article 7 Legislative Language – Education, Labor, and Family Assistance Article VII Legislation: Relates to the State support of libraries in that no library, library system or program shall receive less total system or program aid than it received in the year 2001-2002, except as a result of necessary reduction adjustments. Signed by Governor, 3/30/12

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S.7239 (Farley) / A.10347 (Reilly)

Amends Education Law section 273, subdivisions 1 and 4 to remove financial disincentives for voluntary public library system and reference and research library resources system mergers.

2012 Laws Relating to Dormitory Authority Construction/Financing Services

Chapter 35

S.6287 (Bonacic) / A.9159 (Gunther)

Amends chapter 672 of the laws of 1993, allowing the Ethelbert B. Crawford Library District in Monticello, New York to be eligible for financing through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. Signed by Governor, 5/18/12

Chapter 313

S.6450-A (Breslin) / A.9236-A (McEneny)

Amends chapter 672 of the laws of 1993, allowing the Guilderland Public Library in Guilderland, New York  to be eligible for financing through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.  Signed by Governor, 8/1/12

Chapter 171

S.7469 (Bonacic) /A.10305-A (Gunther)

Amends chapter 672 of the laws of 1993, allowing the Mamakating library district in Wurtsboro, New York to be eligible for financing through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. Signed by Governor, 7/18/12

2012 Laws Relating to Public Library Districts

Chapter 23

S.2460 (McDonald) / A.4326 (Jordan)

Provides for the creation of the Stephentown Memorial library district in the town of Stephentown, county of Rensselaer, if approved by the voters of such proposed district. Signed by Governor, 4/10/12

Chapter 239

S.7000-A (Saland) / A.9929-A ( Miller)

Provides for the creation of the Grinnell Public Library District in the towns of Wappinger and Poughkeepsie, in the county of Dutchess, if approved by the voters of such proposed district. Signed by Governor, 7/18/12

Chapter 163

S.7123 (Saland) / A.10089 (Miller)

Amends Chapter 97 of the Laws of 2001 to change the polling hours for the Hyde Park Library District. Signed by Governor, 7/18/12

Chapter 172

S.7453 (Saland) / A.10335 (Miller)

Amends Chapter 97 of the Laws of 2001 to change the polling hours for the Staatsburg Library District. Signed by Governor, 7/18/12

2012 Other Laws Relating to Libraries

Chapter 55

S.6255-D/A.9055-D This bill amends State finance law in regards to the procurement of products and services. Signed by Governor, 3/30/12

Chapter 207

S.6363 (Marcellino) / A.9514 (Montesano) Amends Chapter 226 of the Laws of 2003 to extend the period of time during which the Brookville library funding district in the town of Oyster Bay, Nassau county may be established to 2013. Signed by Governor, 7/18/12

Chapter 221

S.6550-B (Hannon) / A.9453-B ( Saladino) Authorizes the Farmingdale Public Library to submit an application for real property tax exemption to the assessor of the county of Nassau for a parcel of land located in Oyster Bay. Signed by Governor, 7/18/12

Chapter 494

S.6751-A (Carlucci) / A.9569-A (Jaffee) Repeals Chapter 349 of the Laws of 1973 related to the Orangetown Library District. Creates four separate taxing districts within the town of Orangetown related to providing funding for four libraries (Blauvelt Free Library, Tappan Library, Palisades Free Library, Orangeburg Library); modifies the boundaries of the taxing districts; authorizes each of the individual libraries to apply to the Town of Orangetown for appropriations on an individual basis. Signed by Governor, 12/17/12

Chapter 422

S.7014 (Flannagan) / A.10147 ( Nolan)

Amends Education Law section 1950 to authorize BOCES and public libraries to enter into contracts for any available services. Signed by Governor, 8/17/12

Chapter 245

S.7220-A (Little) / A.10062-A ( Jordan)

Dissolves the Bancroft Public Library in the town of Salem, Washington County, which was established in chapter 206 of the laws of 1851, as amended by chapter 329 of the laws of 1889, and as further amended, and transfers the library’s assets to the new Bancroft Public Library established in 2011. Signed by the Governor, 7/18/12

Last Updated: December 26, 2012 -- asm; for questions or comments contact Carol Desch