Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Demanding library parity

Contending that the Queens Library system is getting shortchanged, two top borough officials are calling for a new funding formula to address the inequities.

Politicians claim Queens library system got shortchanged

Borough President Helen Marshall and City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said that Queens' system receives the smallest share of city dollars of any of the city's libraries.

According to the city's financial plan for the next fiscal year, Queens branches will receive, on average, $95,374 less per branch than Brooklyn and $35,050 less than those in the New York Public Library system, which includes the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

So why don't the current trustees take a page from Carnegie and donate some persona money to the system?

That board is heavy with developer types making money off the cow, so perhaps they should start to face the music from the public.

We expect them to give back to the community and make some kind of financial support for the cultural institutions here in Queens.

Michael said...

It figures that the most succesful library system in the entire world would be duped again by city politics.

Anonymous said...

This comes as no surprise.
Queens is always low on the list of everything.....
from its meager number of designated landmarks,
to the poor funding for our library system !

For a borough with the largest land mass......
that contributes a huge per capita share in taxes.....
why should this be so?

Answer:
We voters didn't ride herd on our crooked politicos who have been tweeding us for years !

They lined their pockets hadsomely.....
while we received the shitty end of the stick !

Anonymous said...

No the problem is not politicians, its our preservation leadership, a bunch of second stringers that want to isolate us even further (4 borros anyone?)