Bloomberg Proposes Cutting NYC Library Funding by Nearly $100 Million
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented a $68.7 billion preliminary FY12-13 budget on February 2 that, as usual, proposes Draconian cuts for the city’s three library systems.
Bloomberg’s budget has almost no chance of passing through the City Council without significant adjustments, but it proposes a total cut of $96.4 million:
• Queens Borough Public Library, cut $26.7 million;
• Brooklyn Public Library, cut $26.9 million;
• New York Public Library, cut $36.0 million;
• NYPL’s four research libraries, cut $6.8 million.
“It would mean library closures in every community, most other libraries open only two or three days a week and widespread layoffs,” said Joanne King, a spokersperson for the Queens system.
“We will be working with elected officials at all levels of City Hall to have the proposal restored,” she said.
Officials at NYPL declined to comment and Brooklyn did not respond to repeated calls seeking a comment.
For the record, I absolutely HATE Bloomberg. I hope to recall him this year.
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