Why Is New York City Planning to Sell and Shrink Its Libraries?

Defend our libraries, don't defund them. . . . . fund 'em, don't plunder 'em

Mayor Bloomberg defunded New York libraries at a time of increasing public use, population growth and increased city wealth, shrinking our library system to create real estate deals for wealthy real estate developers at a time of cutbacks in education and escalating disparities in opportunity. It’s an unjust and shortsighted plan that will ultimately hurt New York City’s economy and competitiveness.

It should NOT be adopted by those we have now elected to pursue better policies.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Debate Between Candidates For 33rd NYC Council District, Incumbent Councilman Steve Levin And Challenger Victoria Cabranes

Councilman Levin vs. challenger Cambranes at debate in Brooklyn Commons
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM a debate took place between the Candidates in the November 7, 2017 election for 33rd NYC Council District, incumbent Councilman Steve Levin and challenger Victoria Cabranes.

You can watch the video of the debate below and we will be adding to it with additional posts.

On the afternoon of his October 29, 2017 debate with Victoria Cambranes Steve Levin forwarded to Citizens Defending Libraries a version of a letter he had promised in the spring of 2015 to demand transparency from the Brooklyn Public Library about the sale of Brooklyn Libraries and particularly the Brooklyn Heights Library.

It would, of course, be nice for Councilman Levin to have demanded transparency from the BPL about it sale of the library in 2015, before the library sale was approved and consummated.

Another problem, almost as significant, the letter that Councilman Levin so belatedly sent side-steps requesting a lot of the most important information that needs to be requested for the sake of achieving transparency, like what’s the actual cost and public loss associated with selling the library, information about the financial windfall from the transaction to the private Saint Ann's school, what was being spent on high-paid lobbyists to push the library sale transaction forward, and how many books were disappearing from Downtown Brooklyn with the sell-off of this central destination library, the second biggest in Brooklyn.

More about that here:
On Eve of 10/29/'17 Debate With Victoria Cambranes, Challenger For His Office, Councilman Steve Levin Sends Transparency Request Letter to Brooklyn Public Library Promised in Spring 2015 (But it's deficient!)
From Victoria Cambranes Facebook Page- Preserved Live Stream Part 1 (for best possible viewing also click through to Facebook posting also posted on the Citizens Defending Libraries page.)

From Victoria Cambranes Facebook Page- Preserved Live Stream Part 2 (for best possible viewing also click through to Facebook posting also posted on the Citizens Defending Libraries page.)


The Brooklyn Commons hosting the event also produced a viewable live stream that you can watch, but you may find the sound gets to low after about the first eight minutes.
Viewable live stream produced by the Brooklyn Commons
We are working on a Citizens Defending Libraries video of the event.

There is said to be more development going on in Brooklyn than anywhere else in the United States right now and the 33rd Councilmatic District is almost certainly topping the list of where in Brooklyn that development is occurring during the eight year period that Councilman Levin, now running for his third term, has been in office.

With three bulges that snake along the Brooklyn waterfront, The 33rd council district where Steve Levin currently holds the seat covers Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Fulton Ferry and Dumbo, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and neighboring public housing projects, Greenpoint, Williamsburg.


•    Brooklyn Eagle: Levin to debate challenger Cambranes Sunday in Brooklyn City Council race, by Mary Frost, October 26, 2017

•    Brooklyn Eagle: New York City Council District 33 candidates Levin, Cambranes debate in Boerum Hill, by Andy Katz, October 30, 2017

•    King County Politics: Levin-Cambranes Debate Gentrification and Rapid Development In Northern Brooklyn, By Kelly Mena, October 30, 2017

•    King County Politics: Cambranes Is Here For The People & Is Looking To Bring Integrity and Transparency Back To City Hall, by  By Kelly Mena,  October 30, 2017

 •    Greenpoint Star: Levin defends record in office at City Council debate, by Benjamin Fang, October 31, 2017


  1. I can't hear anything.


  2. Why is she for the Con Con and Steve Levin against the Con Con?

  3. I understand that Cambranes and Levin are both now against the Con Con. Turn the ballot over and vote NO on prop 1 on election day. Exercise your right to vote on November 7th.

  4. Victoria Cambranes has just posted why she and you should vote NO on the con con on November 7. See link below. Turn the ballot over on election day and vote NO on prop 1.