Queens, NY, (Date), 2012:  State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens)
    has been appointed to serve on a new, bipartisan Senate Select Committee on
    Libraries to explore how New York can better support and provide assistance
    to the more than 7,000 libraries that are located throughout every region
    of the Empire State.

        “Here in the Borough of Queens, where we are served by a truly
    top-notch local library system, the importance of libraries is clear and
    cannot be overstated,” said Senator Addabbo.  “They are places to check out
    books, do homework, surf the Internet, search for jobs, take advantage of
    innovative programming serving many different interests and groups of
    people, and much, much more. I am delighted to join this special committee
    and work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to provide New
    York’s libraries with the support they need to prosper and continue their
    vital role in our society.”

        Senator Addabbo noted that he is also a member of the Senate
    Committee on Education, and that his appointment to the special panel on
    libraries will complement his efforts to improve learning opportunities for
    all New Yorkers.

        “Our libraries are truly democratic institutions – serving people of
    all ages, backgrounds, and incomes – and they seek to provide everyone with
    an equal opportunity to gain knowledge and more easily participate in a
    society that is becoming more technology-driven every day,” said Senator
    Addabbo.  “Libraries make unique contributions to our neighborhoods and to
    our overall economy, and deserve special attention from the New York State

        The first meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries will be
    held in Albany on March 5th, and is expected to focus on public library
    funding issues.