Dozens Of ProtestorsWalk Boards To Save Local Libraries
Dozens of protestors walked the boardwalk on May 17 to protest the loss of library hours and library jobs in the proposed cuts proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg two weeks ago. The event started simultaneously from both the Arverne Library on Beach 54 Street and the Seaside Library on Beach 116 Street, with the two groups meeting up on the boardwalk at Beach 94 Street and marching to the Peninsula Library. The cuts threaten to close some libraries completely and drastically cut the hours of others, protestors say. Pictured, the group at Beach 116 Street and the boardwalk. All photos by Howard Schwach.
Goldfeder, left, with Richards, who plans to run for the east end City Council seat in the next election.
Both groups joined up to march to the Peninsula Library. Pictured, coming north on Beach 94 Street.
Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (right), with Donavan Richards (representing City Councilman James Sanders Jr.) and Democratic District Leader Lew Simon at the protest. Goldfeder urged the mayor “not to balance the budget on the backs of our kids.”
Local author Vivian Carter, left, with 100 Precinct Community Council President Danny Ruscillo.
City Councilman Eric Ulrich, who is running for State Senate, urged the mayor to find other ways to cut the budget.
Lots of kids joined in the protest.
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