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A Big Budget Win for Queens Library!

On Tuesday, June 6, the New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio approved the City’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018. This budget includes an additional $30 million in capital funding for critical maintenance and repairs for Queens Library, and marks the third consecutive funding increase for the City’s three library systems.

Queens Library also received a total of $10.78 million from individual City Council members who represent Queens, and a $1.4 million baselined annual increase to operate the new Hunters Point Community Library.

When we are able to improve our buildings, more New Yorkers visit, check out materials, attend programs and classes, access opportunity, and strengthen themselves and their communities.

Thank you to Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Library Sub-Committee Chair Andy King, and the members of the New York City Council for once again investing in our City’s libraries. I’d also like to thank our partners in DC 37 and Local 1321 for their leadership and support through the budget negotiating process.

Finally, I send my thanks and appreciation to our staff, to the Friends of the Library, and to our tireless library advocates, who attended rallies, wrote letters, sent tweets, and posted virtual sticky notes online, all to make one message clear: that an investment in libraries is an investment in all New Yorkers.

Sincerely,

Dennis M. Walcott, President and CEO, Queens Library

Tue, 2017-06-13 00:06