Ten school districts and local governments in the four-county 44th State Senate District have been awarded Documentary Heritage grants totaling nearly $234,000. The grants were made by the New York State Archives using funds from the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund. They are used to enhance public access to government records.
"People have the right to know what their government does," said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R-C, Schenectady), who helped establish the grant program in 1989. "But there can be substantial costs in preserving and making available the many and varied types of documents which are used by school districts and local governments. This State funding helps communities to meet their responsibilities for records access, without imposing a financial burden on local taxpayers."
Local grants are as follows:
Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School - $7,223 for inactive records storage and retrieval
Amsterdam City School - $3,600 for planning and design of inactive records storage
Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery - $1,471 for records inventory
St. Johnsville Central School - $5,476 for inactive records storage and retrieval
City of Schenectady - $13,194 for imaging and management of active records
Scotia-Glenville Central School - $11,280 for imaging and management of active records
Town of Glenville - $7,800 for records processing analysis
Town of Niskayuna - $19,400 for systems handling active records
Saratoga County (part):
Saratoga County - $73,241 for county land records
Saratoga County - $55,389 for imaging and management of active records
Saratoga County - $28,000 for geographic information system
Cooperative Extension of Saratoga - $7,551 for improving access to historical documents