Magazine article American Libraries

NYC Council Restores Library Funds

Magazine article American Libraries

NYC Council Restores Library Funds

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Leaders of the New York City Council released a proposed budget March 23 that would restore the $42 million that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani wants to cut from libraries.

The alternative plan would also provide $30 million to maintain service increases in the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens Borough library systems and to create new library staff titles, a move designed to address the loss of library personnel due to inadequate salaries (AL, Feb., p. 14).

In addition to a tax cut aimed at poor and middle-class residents, the council's budget also restores funds that the mayor cut from cultural institutions and parks, and calls for new initiatives such as police retraining programs.

This is the third year that Giuliani has attempted to slash funding for the city's libraries. Each year the money has been restored following negotiations with the council (AL, Aug. 1999, p. 25).

The council will hold public hearings on the budget in early May. Adoption of the budget is scheduled for June 5. …

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