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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Information For Library Defenders About Thursday, September 13, 2018 New York Democratic Primary Election

Here is a link to our event with Ms. Teachout, including video.  Although CDL helped Ms. James become Public Advocate, the results have been very disappointing.

THURSDAY,  September 13, 2018.
Election Day!  (This Thursday election day date may take you by surprise)
The New York primary election for state and local candidates will take place on September 13, 2018. 
The upcoming Thursday September 13, 2018 election day date may take you by surprise.  It’s the date for the primaries and in New York City and New York State the Democratic primaries are very important in terms of how they determine the flow of later events.

NYS Attorney General Race
The race that is especially important for the defense of our libraries this election (and also important for keeping checks and balances on the federal government) is the race for New York State Attorney GeneralLibrary defending Zephyr Teachout has received the endorsement of the New York Times, the Daily News, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and now Bernie Sanders- Who would have predicted these bedfellows?

The polls say that the race is very close with a huge number of voters in the last polls still ranked as “undecided” voters.  If you are still wanting to decide you may want to listen to or watch the debate that was held between the candidates last week.  The other three candidates all went on the attack against Zephr Teachout, each of them seeming to believe that her qualifications, among them writing a book about solving the problems of political corruption, made her the number one threat to their own candidacies.  That made the library defending Ms. Teachout seem like the clear frontrunner in the race.

In the debate, Tish James was asked why her very well-funded campaign (along with Sean Patrick Maloney’s) is hauling in vast amounts (over a quarter of a million dollars, 19% of her funds) from big real estate developers and what they expect from her.  Her response was not satisfactory to us, especially given that what the donors could get from her could be from her in the NYC Public Advocate position she now holds or the NYS Attorney General position she wants to old.

Sean Patrick Maloney was asked why, as a lawyer running for NYS Attorney General, he didn’t seem to understand campaign finance law limitations he’s likely violated in transferring funds to himself from another of his campaigns, nor the status of the legal case that Ms. Tecahout has brought to hold him to account on the matter.

Leecia Eve was asked about why she wouldn’t, as a candidate, release her tax returns when she had criticized candidate Donald Trump for doing the same thing and she hemmed and hawed obfuscatorily about the not very revaling information she had released instead.

Library defenders, let’s get out and vote!  Let’s get a library defender as the NYS Attorney General, its one of the offices that matters most to the protection of the libraries.  By the way, if voter turnout is low, the vote of every library defender then counts all the more!!

Race for Governor
Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon is challenging Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.  She may get it.  Four years ago, with less lead time and less publicity, library defending Zephyr Teachout did surprisingly well against Cuomo.  If you want to learn about the candidates and the issues and an awful lot of important information about how New York State is run, we suggest you listen to the one debate Nixon and Cuomo had.  It was very educational.  An easy way to listen to it is to go to the web to listen to the rebroadcast on the Brian Lehrer Show.

We should also mention that people voting for Cynthia Nixon will probably want to vote (its an independent separate vote) for Jumaane  Williams for Lieutenant Governor whom the New York Times endorsed (interestingly, another such split ticket governor’s race election endorsement- will this get to be Times habit?).  Lastly, everyone, including the New York Times editorial board is reacting with extreme negativity to Cuomo's extremely dirty tricks fighting Ms. Nixon -  This level of desperation on Cuomo's part may be interpreted as clue that Cynthia Nixon could possibly win.

Relative to Race For AG: The Popularity of  Alexandria Oacasio-Cortez and Zephyr Teachout and Their Views and Why It Makes The Success of Libraries Threatening To Certain People In Power

WNYC’s On The Media ran an hour of subjects headed by a picture of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with library defending Zephyr Teachout about the shifts in public opinion that has made their views so increasingly popular.  Part of the discussion in one of segments was consideration about why successful libraries are a threat to people who want the precepts of private market capitalism to take over and run everything.

We have more available about it here:
Libraries As A Threat To The “Perspective” That Virtually Everything Should Be Dictated And Run By The Forces of Market Capitalism
Democratic Candidate for NY Governor Zephyr Teachout at Citizens Defending Libraries News Conference, Sept.6, 2014 from Michael D'Elia on Vimeo.

Watch our web  Citizens Defending Libraries Facebook page and Twitter feed (@Defendlibraries) as you can share this page and other things we post about the election choices. . . . Once again:  If voter turnout is low, the vote of every library defender then counts all the more!!

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