RVC Public Library Sunday opening saved by state cash

August 13, 2013 by  

The popular Rockville Centre Public Library is to remain open on some Sundays, after NY State funding was secured for the facility.

It had been expected that the library would close on Sundays after the library board wrote a letter back in May citing unfunded mandates. The budget being passed just a few weeks later seemed to confirm everyone’s fears.

However, library officials then approached state Senator Dean Skelos, requesting bullet funding. Skelos managed to secure $45,000 for this financial year.

The news, which was warmly greeted by the board and its director Maureen Chiofalo, was also celebrated by many concerned local citizens.

In a jubilant mood, which could well see a barrage of banner printing and poster printing taking place, one resident from Rockville Centre, Paul Carnevale, said:

“Having this resource/treasure open for the public is a tremendous positive for the entire community.”

Carnevale was so eager to see the library maintain its Sunday opening, he created an online petition for similarly concerned folks to sign.

Following the funding, the petition has now been closed with it being marked as a victorious result.

It is not presently clear just when the library will be opening on a Sunday though. That is something to be decided by the board in due course.

However, it is most likely that it will remain open from the middle of October through until the following May.

There has, as yet, not been any comment about funding for Sunday opening after the end of this fiscal year.