What’s wrong with this picture?
That’s the same mayor who says that “income inequality . .growing, rampant income inequality” is the “crisis of our times” because we have “an economy that is basically supporting the 1%.”
Libraries, the tiniest fraction of the city’s budget (less than 1%), cost little to fund in the overall scheme of things, particularly given their benefit.. .
. . . Yet de Blasio’s underfunding follows one of the best ever, most publicized campaigns to restore funding with the New York Times opining that NYC’s “utterly essential libraries” need money and the cuts restored, noting that in de Blasio’s New York, while libraries were starved, money flowed copiously to the “seldom neglected . . . corporate and entertainment infrastructure.”
The only problem with this campaign for funding?: It never mentioned that failure to replenish these gutted funds will be cited as a reason to sell off and shrink libraries like the Tillary Clinton Library in Brooklyn Heights, the 34th Street Science, Industry and Business Library, the Red Hook Library, the Pacific Branch and others. Remember Donnell!
Bear in mind: Cuts in funding to the libraries commenced when plans were originated to cite such underfunding as a rationale to sell and shrink libraries throughout New York.
And as Mr. de Balsio said when he was running for mayor (July 12, 2013):
“It’s public land and public facilities and public land under threat. . . and once again we see, lurking right behind the curtain, real estate developers who are very anxious to get their hands on these valuable properties”Sign our petition on the web: Citizens Defending Libraries