On behalf of all the Friends of Queens Library, we would like to thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Council for adopting a budget this year that saves our library and our wonderful library staff!
Thanks to the City Council's leadership in this year's budget negotiations, all libraries in Queens will continue to be open a minimum of five days a week without any further reduction in service hours.
We would like to especially thank especially Queens' own Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, our friend and chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries, for his leadership, as well as Delegation Leader Councilman Leroy Comrie for his unwavering support.
We also recognize Vincent Gentile, the chair of the Select Committee on Libraries, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of all New Yorkers to preserve library service, and Councilman Domenic Recchia, Jr., chair of the Finance Committee, for delivering a sound budget.
Thank you for recognizing the importance of libraries in these tough economic times. The public library is first and foremost a community center that provides critical services for many that who might not be able to find them elsewhere, from free computer and Wi-fi access and job placement assistance to afterschool programs and tutoring.
In a variety of ways, the public library creates social capital and expands opportunities for many. We feel strongly that investing in our libraries is investing in the future of Queens and New York City as a whole. Thank you for speaking up for our library.
The Presidents of the Friends of Queens Library:
Emily Banks - Rochdale Village
Geraldine Benfante - East Elmhurst
Seelia Bogert - Steinway
Maria Concolino - Woodhaven
Tom Dowd - Ridgewood
Phillipe Hogarth - Cambria Heights
Pat Martin - Lefrak City
Betty Scott - Pomonok