Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law that allows New York residents to contribute through state personal and corporate tax returns support children's summer cultural programs at public libraries, legislative sponsors state Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, D-Westchester County, and Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Huevelton, jointly announced Wednesday.

State tax forms will include a check off box to donate private funds to the state's "Love Your Library Fund," which supports summer reading, music and arts programs to keep children academically challenged during school vacations.

"This legislation will help provide students with every opportunity to combat summer learning loss and return to school better prepared in the year ahead," said Jeremy Johannesen, exexutive director of the New York Library Association. 

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