2018-09-12 / Features

Van Bramer, Queens Library Celebrate Record Funding


New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined Queens Library President & CEO Dennis Walcott, Council Member I. Daneek Miller, the Queens Library Guild, Local 1321 President John Hyslop and library workers to celebrate the record funding for NYC public library systems in next year’s budget, which has been increased by over $110 million. New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined Queens Library President & CEO Dennis Walcott, Council Member I. Daneek Miller, the Queens Library Guild, Local 1321 President John Hyslop and library workers to celebrate the record funding for NYC public library systems in next year’s budget, which has been increased by over $110 million. On September 6th, New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined Queens Library President & CEO Dennis Walcott, Council Member I. Daneek Miller, the Queens Library Guild, Local 1321 President John Hyslop and library workers to celebrate the record funding for NYC public library systems in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

The FY 2019 budget included $95 million in new capital funding for NYC's three public library systems to make much needed repairs and facility upgrades, so that libraries can remain open six days a week. Additionally, the expense budget for NYC public libraries saw a $17 million increase in funding, including $10.3 million that was base-lined in the budget.

“As chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries, I am proud to have led the effort to secure the record levels of funding allocated to NYC public libraries,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “Libraries are more than just a place to borrow books, they are vital community hubs and the most democratic of our institutions, where everyone is welcome to seek tranquility and enrichment. This historic funding will allow our libraries to expand its invaluable and essential services to reach more New Yorkers than ever before.”

“We are grateful to Council Member Van Bramer, Speaker Johnson and the New York City Council, and Mayor de Blasio for providing much-needed financial support to make sure our libraries continue to grow and meet our mission of transforming people’s lives,” said Library President Walcott

“The work done at the negotiating table by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and the Queens Delegation of the City Council is remarkable, seen firsthand at our local libraries,” said Council Member Miller. “From the extended service hours to the implementation of new programming, Queens libraries are in great shape, and this has much to do with the leadership of Dennis Walcott and the ability of the entire staff at the Queens Library to make each dollar benefit our local residents.”

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