FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2009
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL INCLUDES $17.5 MILLION FOR FDR PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
Funding Would Provide Renovations and Building Construction to Preserve Historic Material and Papers at Library
Bill Set to Clear Senate Next Week
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus appropriations bill includes $17.5 million for the FDR library. The funding would be used for renovations and building code management. The bill will now proceed to the House and Senate Floors as the next steps in the appropriations process.
"This is terrific news for the FDR Presidential Library, which is in desperate need of funding to preserve its priceless archives," said Schumer. “The conditions of the library put at risk the world’s only archive of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This funding will help update and preserve a library that houses documents from some of the most crucial decades of modern American history. This funding is much needed to preserve the documents and materials stored for all generations.”
“As a Member of the House of Representatives, I requested this funding for the FDR Library,” said Gillibrand. “The FDR library is not only one of the most significant tourist destinations in the Hudson Valley, it houses the most important documents of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four terms in office during some of the most trying times this nation has ever faced. This federal funding will ensure that the facility remains vibrant and that the archives from President Roosevelt’s life are preserved for future generations. I will continue to work with Senator Schumer to ensure that New York receives its fair share.”
Last year, Senator Schumer pushed for the $17.5 million in funding requested by the library so that the facility could meet safety code and federal standards for its archival and historic collections, as well as move towards using more technology.
The $17.5 million in funding will provide comprehensive infrastructure renovation to meet modern life safety building codes & federal standards for archival and historic collections. New privately funded interactive museum galleries will be installed when the building is upgraded. This is the first phase of a three-year renovation project; it will address groundwater, sewage, and civil engineering issues in accordance with detailed architectural and engineering plans developed by Einhorn, Jaffe, Prescott Architects (Albany) under contract to NARA.
The House is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow with the Senate set to vote next week.