State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I- Big Flats) has secured $75,000 in state funding to assist the construction of a new and expanded Pulteney Free Library.

Earlier this spring, O’Mara joined Library Trustees, Library Director Barbara Radigan and members of the Building Team to celebrate the Library’s receipt of land to construct a new building adjacent to the Pulteney Town Hall.

The Library currently shares building space with the Town Hall and has outgrown its section of the building. The new library will provide significantly expanded space, enhanced services and holdings, and lower the costs of operation through planned energy efficiencies. A fundraising effort remains underway in the community and library officials are working with the Southern Tier Library system to leverage additional state and federal funds. The $75,000 in state funding O’Mara is providing will be utilized for the initial engineering and architectural expenses.

Construction on the new library is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2017 and be completed in the Fall or Winter of 2018.

O’Mara noted that public libraries across New York State serve over 19 million patrons annually.