Magazine article American Libraries

Niagara Falls PL Gets New Funding

Magazine article American Libraries

Niagara Falls PL Gets New Funding

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The Niagara Falls (N.Y.) City Council approved a proposal July 25 by Mayor Vince Anello to use some $500,000 in surplus funds from the 2004 budget to keep the city's two libraries open. However, the library board has threatened to close one of those facilities if it cannot obtain a court order forcing the city to maintain the current level of funding, the Niagara Gazette reported July 28.

Anello's plan would only provide enough funding to keep the libraries open 44 hours weekly rather than the present 55. Library board President Dolores Marino pointed out that if the library isn't open at least 54 hours per week, it will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and county aid, according to a July 26 WIVB-TV news report. Anello voiced hope that the New York State Library would grant a one-time waiver to reduce its hours for just the remainder of 2005.

The board voted July 27 to apply for a restraining order barring the city from reducing funding while their lawsuit over the issue (AL, Aug. …

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