Letters To The Editor
Thanks For Keeping Qns. Libraries Open
Strong libraries equals strong communities. Library lovers across Queens spoke up to support library funding and I am so pleased to announce that the proposed budget cut was restored. Your library will remain open more than five days a week.
We thank our elected officials, including the entire New York City Council, led by Speaker Christine C. Quinn, as well as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, for prioritizing public libraries this year. We want to recognize Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Chairman of the Finance Committee; Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chairman of the Cultural Affairs & Libraries Committee; Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie; and Council Member Vincent Gentile, Chairman of the Select Committee on Libraries for their outstanding leadership as well as the entire Queens delegation to the City Council. We also owe our gratitude to our many stalwart Library champions, including Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall.
I also want to thank all the Friends of the Library and library advocates around the borough who signed the petitions, held rallies, wrote postcards, and made their voices heard. Without your energy, the future might not look as bright.
And the future does look bright. Queens Library is open to provide all those essential community services you rely on: computers and Wi-Fi, books and movies, homework help, job search assistance, consumer health information, classes, music, intelligent conversation and simply a great place to visit.
Our newest offerings include downloadable e-magazines and downloadable audiobooks. The new library in Glen Oaks is already serving the community. A new library in north Flushing will open this summer. Your Queens Library is working hard to enrich your life.
Thomas W. Galante
City Budget Doesn’t Pay Anything Forward
Regarding your June 27 editorial on adoption of the new city budget— it reminds me the cartoon character, Wimpy who said “I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”
Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and her faithful Council members have refused to deal with next year's potential $2 billion shortfall plus up to $7.8 billion in retroactive back pay to union members who have been working without contracts.
Just like the Godfather Don Corleone, Quinn owns virtually all the Councilmembers. They will be rewarded with the 50 percent balance of this year’s lulus ranging from $4,000 to $29,000 for chairing Council Committees along with their share of several hundred million in annual pork barrel member items.
Change in City Hall can only come with the election of a new mayor, comptroller, public advocate and City Council members who are independent of municipal labor unions, various liberal special interest groups and local Democratic Party clubhouses who currently dominate municipal government.
Someone needs to speak out on behalf of taxpayers and small business people who are the silent majority of New Yorkers paying the bills.
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