May 19, 2011
Dear Mr. Cane,
Thank you for writing to me on behalf of our City’s libraries.
As you may know, this past month Mayor Bloomberg released his executive budget proposal.
While we are encouraged by the Mayor’s commitment to restore funding for 16,000 childcare slots, we’re disappointed that, after making a joint commitment to 6-day library service in 2008, his final budget plan includes a 29 percent cut to the City’s libraries. This cut would result in most branches opening only three days a week at best.
We also remain deeply concerned about and strongly opposed to the Mayor’s plan to lay off thousands of public school teachers – a move that would be immensely damaging to our schools and to our children’s opportunities for a quality education.
Our hearings on the Mayor’s executive budget are currently underway. (For more information, click here.) Finding ways to keep these services intact isn’t going to be easy, especially after the deep cuts we’ve endured from Albany and Washington. We have faced difficult budgets before, though, and we’ll continue to look for alternative sources of savings and fight to protect these services as best as we can.
Library supporters like you have always been a great source of strength and inspiration to us over the years, and I hope you’ll continue to stay actively involved in this year’s budget process. In fact, if you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to sign up for Council “enews”. These issue-based e-mail updates are an important way for us to stay connected and engaged with you and other New Yorkers about the budget, affordable housing, healthcare and other critical issues affecting our City. It should only take a minute or two to sign up at http://council.nyc.gov/html/action_center/enews.shtml.
Thanks again for writing to me on behalf of our City’s libraries, Mr. Cane. If you have any additional questions or concerns about the Mayor’s proposed budget cuts to library service that you would like to share with us, please feel free to contact Shadawn Smith in the Council’s Finance Division at (212) 788-6921.
Christine C. Quinn
In other words: We’re going to save childcare, we’re going to limit the damage to schoolteachers, but the libraries are going to three days a week.
The Board of Ed in NYC is one of the most foul, festering, corrupt organizations around. Given a choice between saving it and libraries, I’d throw the Board of Ed under the bus — and volunteer to drive that bus too.