2022 Legislative Session

Ongoing Edits:Pardon the Appearance


2021 in the Rearview

In January 2021, we welcomed a new cohort of representatives at the New York State Capitol. From seasoned veterans to eager freshman, it was clear that their views and priorities were diverse.

This Summer, our state also welcomed a new Governor, Kathy Hochul. The 57th Governor to New York State will have a new administration and bring different energy to the marbled walls of the Capitol.

2021 Legislative Initiatives Page


The Year Ahead

In 2022, NYLA members will continue to have opportunities to speak up & act on issues that directly impact their community with State and Federal officials.

The Director of Governmental Relations & Advocacy will be working hand-in-hand with the Legislative Committee to determine issues and bills that members can impact through their advocacy. 

It’s time for libraries to be given the spotlight, and for the State to recognize who they are – community.

2021-2022 Advocacy Expansion FAQ


New Laws Affecting Libraries

Chapter 1

This law extends the current authorization for public bodies, including library boards, to meet remotely or by conference call for the remainder of the declared state of emergency.


Historic Documents

The Legislature

2022 Session Calendar

Senate Library Committee

Assembly Libraries & Education Technology Committee

New York State Senate Directory

New York State Assembly Directory

Senate Twitter Directory

Assembly Twitter Directory

New York State Senate Website

New York State Assembly Website


The State Budget

The Executive Budget was released on January 18, 2022. Governor Hochul proposed the following:

Executive Budget Briefing Book

  • Library Aid $96.1 (+2M increase from 2021)
  • Library Construction $14M (-20M reduction from 2021)
  • Release of $150k Love Your Library Fund


Policy Initiatives

Updated January 19, 2022.


Media Literacy in New York State

These proposals address access, delivery and development.

Formation of Media Literacy Coalition (Press Release)

NAMLE Support Letter

Media Literacy Now Support Letter

Media Literacy Profiles (Rack Card)

A6153A (Rosenthal) LMS Professional Development

A6225A (Rosenthal) LMS Requirement

A6142A (Rosenthal) Media Literacy Advisory Group

A8222 (Rosenthal) Media Literacy Standards


School Library Facility Modernization

The current regulation that defines a school library facility has not been updated in over twenty years. 

This proposal would address the antiquated metrics within NY-CRR 91.1 and insert characteristics associated with a successful, 21st century school library.

S6053 (Kaplan) / A6339 (Jensen)


Extension of Petition Requirement Reduction

The election of library trustees and the petition for ballot access for some libraries continues to pose a health and safety issue for the 2022 cycle due to the pandemic.

This bill extends the provisions of Chapter 70 of the Laws of 2021 which reduced the number of signatures needed for 259 and school district library elections to 25. 

S7880 (Ryan)

Referred to Senate Libraries Committee.


In the Works

There are nearly a dozen other initiatives currently in the research or draft phase. Check back throughout the year to learn more.


Funding Initiatives

NYS Library Operating Aid: $123.1M

Increased aid is needed to support the foundational framework of New York State libraries, improving the lives of residents of all ages, abilities and economic status.

Adequate funding is needed to support school, public, and academic libraries and library systems.

Library Aid One Pager

History of Library Aid Chart 

Impact of Underfunding


NYS Library Construction Aid: $45M

Increased investment is needed to maintain and develop the physical infrastructure of New York State’s libraries, in order to ensure a safe, accessible and sustainable environment for the future.

The New York State Library estimates the deferred maintenance need at over $1.5B.

Over half of New York’s libraries are over 60 years old.
Investments allow libraries to invest in energy-efficiency and support the local construction industry

Construction Aid One Pager

History of Construction Aid Chart

Board of Regents Support Memo


12.22.21 BNM