Public Libraries Forced To CLOSE On Weekends Due To Mayor's Budget Cuts
In New York,
public libraries in Manhattan,
Queens, Brooklyn will all be forced
to close on the weekends after
Mayor Eric Adams announced a full list
of proposed cuts to the city funders.
The 5% budget cut will impact every city
agency across New York City, including
the police and sanitation departments,
as well as the public library system.
The budget cuts will also impact spending
on library materials, programming and
building maintenance repairs.
This is, of course,
according to PIX 11 News.
Earlier this year,
the Brooklyn, Queens and
New York Public Libraries held
rallies to protest $36.2 million in
proposed budget cuts in the fiscal
year 2024 budget at city hall.
Elected officials, union representatives
and library associates or
advocates rallied to preserve funding for
Same news station recording this,
libraries were exempt from budget
cuts in June after a spirited
campaign that included support
from everyday New Yorkers, as well as
celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker,
Bette Miller, Chelsea Clinton and
others, library leaders said.
Listen Ray, I mean,
before we get too far in it,
I appreciate celebrities saying something,
but put some money up.
>> Should figure out how we sue Texas and
Florida for what they're doing to
the budget in New York because of all
the migrants being shipped illegally.
I think this is human trafficking and
I think we should do something about that.
What is your thoughts on that?
>> Speaker 2: Yeah, I totally agree,
and as someone who lives in Chicago,
we've been seeing the same
sort of crisis here.
I live right next to one of
the migrant tent cities and
it breaks my heart every single day
cause it's winter in Chicago, it's cold.
And I'm happy that I have a progressive
mayor here, that we have Brandon Johnson.
We have a lot of DSA members in our city
council who are doing what they can to
alleviate these issues.
But one of the things that they've
proposed is increasing taxes on real
estate transactions over a million dollars
to raise money to combat homelessness.
Eric Adams is not a progressive mayor,
and I think,
maybe the worst big city
mayor in the [LAUGH] country.
That being said, and we'll talk about all
the other issues he's having right now but
closing the libraries on the weekends.
As someone who worked in after school
programs with kids who grew up where I
grew up in a low-income area,
there's not a lot of availability for
things for them to do after school or
on the weekends.
Having something like a library can be
the difference in a child's life, right?
Between getting into bad
activities that are not gonna
have them have great outcomes later on
in life versus finding a passion for
reading, going to college,
getting good jobs.
And so closing something that
should be an equalizer for
everyone living in the city
to be able to enjoy.
I'll say you're right though,
those celebrities, thank you for
Put some money up because Eric Adams
isn't gonna work the budget so
that he can keep these libraries open.
He doesn't care so
help [LAUGH] some people.
>> Speaker 1: Yeah, I agree, speaking of
some of the other things you're talking
about some of the other controversies,
they're all really tied to Turkey.
Some campaign donations,
the FBI is investigating to see if
some campaign donations came into Mr.
Adam's campaign, even when he was
in Brooklyn as the borough chief,
he actually said that he visited
Turkey like six times or something.
I think he said he's the most connected
politician to Turkey in this country.
So now we're gonna see how connected you
are as this investigation plays out.
And by the hopes and
grace of God it better not be any
illegal actions because the FBI
will find out my friend.