Brooklyn Heights-based organization Citizens Defending Libraries rallied Friday during a hearing in Manhattan addressing the New York City Council’s Fiscal Year 2014 Preliminary Budget, and the Mayor’s Fiscal Year ‘13 Preliminary Management Report and Agency Oversight. The hearing was run by James G. Van Bramer, Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Relations.
Testimony from Citizens Defending Libraries about budget issues relating to New York City’s libraries was contributed orally by three organization members—organizers Carolyn E. McIntyre & Michael D. D. White, and Judi Francis—with statements contributed in writing by several other members, all available on the group’s website.
Its petition to stop public policy of defunding libraries in order to sell real estate to private developers, meanwhile, has collected more than 8,000 signatures. (Photo: Jonathan Barkey)