New York City Budget Restores Most Library Funding
On June 29, 2011, the Fiscal Year 2012 budget for New York City was approved restoring most of the proposed cuts to libraries. New York Public Library saw the restoration of $36.7 million of the proposed $40 million in cuts, and Queens saw $23 million of the proposed $25 million in cuts restored.
According to NYPL's Public Relations Director, Angela Montefinise,"When it comes to libraries, the real winners this budget season are New Yorkers. Thanks to a sizable restoration from the City, all of our 90 locations across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island will remain open, which means the people of New York will still have access to the critically important free services we offer that are being used now more than ever--computers and Internet, books, programs, classes, job search resources, and more. This budget also preserves a minimum of five-day service in our system, and allows us to avoid layoffs."
A recent release from Queens Public Library stated that the restored funding will ensure five-day-a-week services and avert massive layoffs. Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante (and member of METRO Board of Trustees) lauded Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn, and the City Council for their commitment to quality library servce, "They kept public libraries a top priority during a most difficult budget. Every layoff has been averted so library doors can remain open to enrich the lives of New Yorkers."
A post on the Brooklyn Public Library Facebook page touched on a common thread among all three library systems -- that concerned citizens and library advocates are to be commended for their work in letting Mayor Bloomberg and City Council know how important libraries (and librarians) are to the city.
METRO would like to join each of our members and their advocates in commending Mayor Bloomberg and City Council members for their commitment to the essential services New York City public libraries provide for their communities.