Bloomberg Plans Cuts to Libraries

Monday, May 31, 2010

As New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the City Council negotiate next year's budget, advocates are raising the alarm about deep cuts to libraries. Mayor Bloomberg's spending plan would reduce aid to libraries by $74 million.

The Queens Borough Public Library says it could close up to 14 branches, and let go of more than 300 employees--about 40 percent of its staff.

The libraries have long been a bargaining chip in budget discussions between mayors and the City Council. But the Council usually manages to soften the fiscal blow, and there haven't been widespread layoffs in libraries since the early 1990s. This year could be different, warns Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who himself used to work for the Queens library.

This Tuesday, library workers will rally to protest the proposed cuts, and Van Bramer will hold hearings on library budgets on Friday.

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shadeed ahmad

This talk of cutting the budget of libraries is another assault on chidren and the general public's ability to have access to optimally thriving educational tools. If you are not well to do, your options for elevating your standard of living are being heinously cut by those of the status quo. This cry for cuts to the library system's budget is just another means to accomplishing a legitimized slave environment for the general public's future. Children will get the worst of this deal, for they will not have gotten a chance to evolve to their GOD given right of freedom to be giant and positive contributors of their gifts to humanity. The future of all sentient beings is being snuffed out by a lack of compassion on the part of the politics and short sighted and materially tainted ambitions of those who need a wake up call to what devastation this world is in. Perhaps the intent of the grim reaper of status quo intent is planned and not to be denied in this new environment where America is to eat its young. Time will tell... Time will tell... Sincerely, Shadeed R. Ahmad

May. 31 2010 07:22 PM

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