New Yorkers for Better Libraries, an important library advocacy organization in New York, have announced the recipients of the “Library Champion Award.” This award is reserved for state legislators who advocate and stand up consistently in the interest of New York’s libraries. Two MHLS area legislators are included in this year’s list of Library Champions:
Senator George Amedore, Jr.
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill
The New Yorkers for Better Libraries Steering Committee, with the help of their contacts in Albany, made the selection for this year’s Library Champion Award based on the following criteria:
-Generous Bullet Aid awards to libraries
-Key support of library legislation
-Leadership and advocacy on behalf of libraries and library funding
Assemblyman Cahill was a forceful advocate for special district legislation for the Starr Library in Rhinebeck and has co-sponsored several important library bills. Senator Amedore co-sponsored the opioid antidote bill, made generous Bullet Aid awards, and has spoken in favor of library funding on the floor.