Legislators Announce Computer Donation For Cobleskill Library

James L. Seward

May 03, 2007

Senator James L. Seward and Assemblyman Pete Lopez today announced that the Community Library in Cobleskill has received six refurbished computers to support its educational activities. The computers were donated by the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

"The Community Library serves as an important venue to enhance the educational and research opportunities of the Cobleskill area residents," said Senator Seward. "The refurbished computers, donated by NYPA, will provide additional resources for library patrons to search the web, find job information, and it will help save money for the library."

The Community Library will receive computers under the Computer Recycling for Education and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) program. Created by state law, the program authorizes NYPA and other state agencies and authorities to provide refurbished computers to educational institutions across the Empire State.

"Thanks to Senator Seward, Assemblyman Lopez and the Power Authority, our members will benefit tremendously from the donation of these computers through access to the internet, informational databases and educational software available here at the Community Library," said Christine A. Dickerson, director.

"This is good news for the library and the community. I appreciate Sen. Seward's leadership on this issue as we continue to work together to serve the people of Schoharie County. The computers will provide our neighbors who may not have access with these important tools which have become so much part of our modern society," said Assemblyman Peter D. Lopez (R/C/I – Schoharie).

Established in 1926 as the Cobleskill Public Library, today the Community Library serves residents of the Cobleskill-Richmondville area and contains over 22,000 volumes. A member of the Mohawk Valley Library System, the community library has an extensive local history collection and has borrowing privileges with public libraries in eight counties.

NYPA donates surplus computers to educational institutions throughout New York State and has reconditioned some 500 computers for distribution since the program’s inception in 2002. The reconditioning of surplus computers by NYPA includes a thorough cleaning of the equipment, replacement of any broken or missing parts, as well as installation of a new operating system and at least 128 megabytes of memory.