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Oppenheimer Announces State Library Construction Grants

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D- Mamaroneck) today announced that the awarding of several public library construction grants in her Senate district.  The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds that were made available for public library construction in the 2010 State Budget.

The Mamaroneck Public Library was awarded $101,008 to improve library access and services and to complete construction of new library and children’s room spaces.  The New Rochelle Public Library has been awarded a $50,000 grant to repurpose existing space for a teen area in the library and for new fixtures that will create energy costs savings. The Rye Free Reading Room was awarded $100,000 for a reconfiguration of library space to create new Biography and Teen spaces, with fire system, electrical, cabling and computer improvements, as well as furnishing for the newly reconfigured spaces.  The Scarsdale Public Library was given a $111,280 grant for much needed building improvements and a multi-zone rooftop HVAC system that will boost library productivity and increase energy efficiency. 


Schoolchildren thank Senator Oppenheimer for securing grant to improve traffic and pedestrian safety along school routes

NYS Senator Suzi Oppenheimer visited the Murray Ave. Elementary Schoolin Larchmont to celebrate the recent NYS grant that she helped securefor the Rye YMCA's Safe Routes to School program.  The $5000 grantwill help fund school traffic and pedestrian safety initiatives inRye, Rye Neck, Harrison, Larchmont and Mamaroneck schools.

Library Advocates Grade Legislators on Voting Records

Library Advocates Grade Legislators on Voting Records

by New York Library Association

ALBANY, NY (10/21/2010)(readMedia)-- 2010 Voters Guide for Library Advocates Released

The New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC has released its 2010 Voters Guide: The Library Advocate's Guide to the Voting Records of the New York State Legislature.

"The 2010 Voters Guide is the first effort by the New Yorkers for Better Libraries to grade legislators on their actual voting records on library funding and legislative issues," stated John Hammond, Chairman of the New Yorkers for Better Libraries.

"I have not met a legislator who does not support libraries and recognizes the important role they play in our democracy, in providing access to unbiased and uncensored information, for their role in promoting literacy and reading at all age levels, and for helping the unemployed in our communities search for jobs, start new careers and improve their skills sets", continued Mr. Hammond.

"Yet there is often a disconnect between the rhetoric and their voting records, often due to no fault of their own as the legislative system in which they operate limits their ability to act on their support for libraries", said Mr. Hammond.

"The state Senate and especially Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, Chair of the Senate Education Committee demonstrated this year, despite all the distractions, that they were able to match their words with actual deeds and passed four of the library community's legislative priorities, one of which was signed into law and the other vetoed by the Governor."

"For this reason, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer receives the 2010 Ex Libris Award for her outstanding leadership and determination in moving forward many of our legislative priorities," continued Mr. Hammond.


Oppenheimer Grant Helps Safe Routes to School Kick-off

For Immediate Release

Sept 30, 2011

International Walk to School Week is taking off across the Sound Shore with help from the Safe Routes to School Committees from Rye, Rye Neck and Mamaroneck.  With 9 elementary schools in the area, representing over 4500 children grades K-5, that’s a lot of steps taking to the sidewalks during the week of Oct. 3-7. 

With help from the Rye Y and grant funding provided by the United Way of Westchester and NY State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, Safe Routes “starter kits” were distributed to 9 local grade schools as a way to encourage safe walking and biking to school. Walking safety tips, banners, walking school bus signs, and an array of incentives were included in the kit for children.  Adult messaging such as “Please Put Down the Cellphone” are on lawn signs to appear on school campuses as well as car magnets proclaiming, “Caution.  I stop at Crosswalks.” 

International Walk to School Week takes place twice a year, in the Fall and Spring.  Safe Routes to School is an international program recognized by the CDC as an effective initiative in helping to create healthier communities.

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Senator Oppenheimer Honored by Metropolitan New York Library Council

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, the only New York Legislator to earn an A+ from New Yorkers for Better Libraries, was honored recently by the Metropolitan New York Library Council for her "outstanding and dedicated service in support of libraries."

Oppenheimer Honored by Metropolitan New York Library Council

Senator Acknowledged for Outstanding and Dedicated Service in Support of Libraries

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (“METRO”) has honored State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) for her “outstanding and dedicated service in support of libraries.”  The award was presented to Senator Oppenheimer at METRO’s annual meeting on October 17, 2011, in New York City. 

Calling her “a great friend and supporter of the library community,” METRO Board President Norman Jacknis noted that Senator Oppenheimer is the only legislator to have earned an A+ on the New Yorkers for Better Libraries’ report card of legislative accountability.  Senator Oppenheimer “has sponsored five library bills, four of them have already passed, and she’s made a valiant effort to restore library funding,” said Jacknis.  “In honor of her long-standing commitment to the library community and for her many vital contributions to our area, METRO is pleased to present Senator Suzi Oppenheimer with a special award recognizing her outstanding work.”


Attention Scarsdale Students!

The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale is planning to select a student to participate in this year's Students Inside Albany conference, which will be held on March 25-28, 2012.

Students Inside Albany is an intensive 4-day conference designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, enacted and changed in New York State and to educate them on how they can influence and affect this process.  Students are afforded the opportunity to observe Assembly and Senate sessions and to shadow one of their state legislators.

A downloadable application and additional information may be found on the League website,, or by emailing the League at  Applications are due on January 11, 2012.

I  hope to see you in Albany in March!


Oppenheimer Celebrates Women's History Month

Senator Oppenheimer pays tribute to generations of women who have pioneered equal rights and opportunities for women

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today marked Women’s History Month by reflecting on how women have shaped our society, government, culture and all aspects of our lives.  But despite the accomplishments of the past century, inequalities remain, such as the absence of equal pay for equal work and restrictions on a woman’s reproductive rights.


Legislature Declares its Support for Increased State Aid to Education

Senate and Assembly Budget Proposals Would Reallocate Funds from Competitive Education Grants

The New York State Senate voted earlier this week to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget Resolution, which will form the basis for further negotiations with the Assembly and the Executive Branch on the final FY 2012-23 budget.

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), the Ranking Member of the Senate Education Committee, fought for several changes in the proposed Education budget that were included in the Senate Resolution.  Chief among them was the proposal to reallocate $200 million from the Governor’s competitive performance grant program to increase State Aid to education.