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[NOTE: Chapter 498 of the laws of 2011 amended the law to take effect April 1, 2012; underlined text indicates new language. Chapter 148 of the Laws of 2014 amended the "repealed" date in 2 to be March 31, 2020, from the original date March 31, 2015.]

273-a. State aid for library construction. 1. State aid shall be
provided for up to fifty percent of the total project approved costs,
excluding feasibility studies, plans or similar activities, for projects
for the acquisition of vacant land and the acquisition, construction,
renovation or rehabilitation, including leasehold improvements, of
buildings of public libraries and library systems chartered by the
regents of the state of New York or established by act of the legisla-
ture subject to the limitations provided in subdivision five of
this section and upon approval by the commissioner, except that state
aid may be provided for up to seventy-five percent of the total project
approved costs for buildings of public libraries that are located in an
economically disadvantaged community
. Provided however that the state
liability for aid paid pursuant to this section shall be limited to
funds appropriated for such purpose. Aid shall be provided on approved
expenses incurred during the period commencing July first and ending
June thirtieth for up to three years, or until the project is completed,
whichever occurs first. Fifty percent of such aid shall be payable to
each system or library upon approval of the application by the depart-
ment
. Forty percent of such aid shall be payable in the next state
fiscal year. The remaining ten percent shall be payable upon project
completion.

2. Each application for state aid shall be submitted by the board of
trustees of the library or library system responsible for the operation
of the subject building to the commissioner for his review and approval,
after having been reviewed and approved by the governing board of the
public library system of which such library is a member. Each applica-
tion shall:
a. demonstrate that resources are or shall be available to provide for
maximum utilization of the project if approved;
b. contain verification in such form as may be acceptable to the
commissioner that the total cost of the project, exclusive of state aid,
has been or will be obtained;
c. demonstrate that library operations would be made more economical
as a consequence of approval;
d. be limited to one project concerning such building, provided that
no building shall be the subject of more than one application per year;
e. contain documentation, where such an application requests state aid
in an amount greater than fifty percent, demonstrating how the project
will address the service needs of one or more economically disadvantaged
communities. Such documentation may demonstrate need through poverty
rates, concentrations of English language learners, low high school
graduation rates, limited fiscal capacity or other relevant factors;
f.
provide such other information as may be required by the commis-
sioner.
3. In approving any application that would receive state aid beyond
fifty percent of the total project approved costs, the board of trustees
of the library system shall give particular attention to addressing the
library service needs of economically disadvantaged communities as
provided for in paragraph e of subdivision two of this section.
4.
In approving any application the commissioner shall consider the
condition of existing libraries and, where appropriate, the needs of
isolated or economically disadvantaged communities, provided that no
application shall be approved for a project that is deemed by the
commissioner to have been completed prior to the date of the applica-
tion.
5. Aid shall be distributed pursuant to this section as follows:
a. sixty percent of the funds appropriated pursuant to this section
shall be made available to libraries within each system by the commis-
sioner in such manner as to insure that the ratio of the amount received
within each system to the whole of the aid made available pursuant to
this paragraph is no greater than the ratio of the population served by
such system to the population of the state;
b. forty percent of the funds appropriated pursuant to this section
shall be made available to library systems or libraries within each
system by the commissioner in such manner as to insure that an equal
amount is received within each system in the state;
c. any funds made available pursuant to paragraph a or b of this
subdivision which by April first of each succeeding fiscal year, are
declined by such libraries or library systems for any reason, or which
cannot otherwise be used by such libraries or library systems for any
reason, shall be made available by the commissioner to other eligible
libraries within such system, or if no such library can use such funds
shall be reallocated among the other library systems and their libraries
in a manner that will to the extent possible provide from such reallo-
cated funds an equal amount to each such system.
6. The commissioner shall adopt rules and regulations as are
necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions of this section.
7. The commissioner shall submit to the temporary president of the
senate and the speaker of the assembly an annual report describing those
projects that have received state funding of greater than fifty percent
of project costs and the communities to be served by those projects.
2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law and shall expire and be
deemed repealed March 31, 2020.

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