2012-08-10 / Letters

Library Thanks Mayor

Dear Editor,

On behalf of all the Friends of Queens Library, we would like to thank Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York City Council for adopting a budget this year that saves our library and our wonderful library staff!

Thanks to the City Council’s leadership in this year’s budget negotiations, all libraries in Queens will continue to be open a minimum of five days a week without any further reduction in service hours.

We would like to thank Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Speaker Christine C. Quinn and all the members of the New York City Council for the restoration of funding made to Queens Library in this year’s budget. We would like to especially thank Queens’ own Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, our friend and chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries, for his leadership as well as Delegation Leader Councilmember Leroy Comrie for his unwavering support. We also recognize Vincent Gentile, the chair of the Select Committee on Libraries, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of all New Yorkers to preserve library service, and Councilmember Domenic M. Recchia Jr., the chair of the Finance Committee, for delivering a sound budget.

Thank you for recognizing the importance of libraries in these tough economic times. The public library is first and foremost primarily a community center which provides critical services for many who might not be able to find them elsewhere, from free computer and Wi-Fi access and job placement assistance to afterschool programs and tutoring. In a variety of ways, the public library creates social capital and expands opportunities for many. We feel strongly that investing in our libraries is investing in the future of Queens and New York City as a whole. Thank you for speaking up for our library.

THE PRESIDENTS OF THE
FRIENDS OF QUEENS LIBRARY:
EMILY BANKS, GERALDINE BENFANTE, SEELIA BOGERT, MARIA
CONCOLINO, TOM DOWD,
PHILLIPE HOGARTH, PAT MARTIN, BETTY SCOTT

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