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Northeast Queens Leaders Fearful of Looming Library Cuts

Queens Library May Be Forced to Eliminate More Than 400 Jobs at Borough Branches

Northeast Queens leaders predicted “catastrophic” results when the Queens Public Library cuts more than 400 staff members at branches across the borough this summer.

The library operates branches in as well as Bayside, Bay Terrace, Oakland Gardens and Bellerose.

“It’s going to be catastrophic,” said Jerry Iannece, chairman of Community Board 11. “We’re already being shortchanged in so many ways more than anywhere in the city. Already, we have shorter hours. It’s intrinsically unfair. I just hope the City Council can find some funding to restore those cuts.”

Pink slips were issued to librarians, clerks, custodians and other library employees earlier this month.

Thomas Galante, the library’s chief executive officer, said the cuts would become effective on July 1 if the Council does not restore money into the city’s executive budget for Fiscal Year 2012.

“Layoffs are the most painful thing any organization can face,” Galante said. “Every staff member is an asset to the community. We will be working collaboratively with elected officials at all levels of government toward averting the loss.”

The city’s budget calls for $25.3 million in cuts to the Queens Library system.

There will be a rally against the proposed cuts on May 26 on the steps of City Hall.

The library has grown in circulation and programming during the past few years,  said Joanne King, a spokeswoman for the library.

But a hiring freeze in 2008 has left the library’s system with a shortage of jobs, leading to reduced hours, she said.

Queens leaders said they feared that the library would be forced to cut hours of service and close branches if the City Council does not restore funding.

Mike May 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Funny, I always thought any one voting for a democrat should have there head examined. Government should really get rid of all taxpayer subsidies. Like tax brakes for a family with kids. Why should someone with kids pay less taxes then someone without kids. Right!
Mitch Schwadron May 21, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Artiedoowop, It's alright if your toes curl, then you can wear those Arabian shoes in your closet. Again you keep getting your political parties mixed up, it's the Democrats who keep voting this stuff in, because of the lobbyists who are paying for their votes. Get your act together, understand that it's business as usual, and that the Dems Control NYS, and that all of your cries are falling on deaf ears. Artie, you have never given any money to any politician, not even your good friend Toby. You have supported no one, and your work for that anti American organization on east 41st street in Manhattan doesn't help either. Do you sit and eat your lunch on the river, or in Dag Hamerskold Plaza?
Mitch Schwadron May 21, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Mike, It's not a Tax Break, its a deduction for the individual cost of a family member. So if you support yourself, your wife, your grandparents, your parents, and your kids, you get X$ per person to offset that it costs you as the provider to provide. And as for having their head examined, anyone who rants against the machine as Artiedoowop does, and raves again the Republicans like he does, and blames them for the worlds troubles, is in my opinion just slightly off kilter. He's so busy frothing that he fails to understand why it is that he's upset.
Mitch Schwadron June 02, 2011 at 10:29 PM
Arty, What's a "LIBRAY"? Mike, I though we already had A TAX BRAKE? A note to all, if you use spell Czech, it helps if you know what the choices mean, unlike politics where the choices mean nothing unless it's going into your pocket.
Tucker Loechsmann September 28, 2011 at 07:02 PM
A quarter century ago they got rid of all the graduate level books and made the public library into a video loanery.

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