Monday, April 6, 2015
Revson Foundation President Makes the Case for Libraries
With a presence in every neighborhood of every borough, New York City’s 207 branch libraries are among our most beloved and trusted equalizers of economic opportunity.
Remarkably, Mayor de Blasio’s preliminary operating budget for the next fiscal year reduces library funding to 2008 levels — a desperate time when the city was threatened by the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
And despite $1.1 billion in sorely needed capital improvements, there is no new funding for branch libraries in the administration’s proposed 10-year capital plan....