Citizens Defending Libraries, the Brooklyn Heights-based organization aiming to protect city libraries “from sale, shrinkage and deliberate underfunding,” had an active week, including a story in The New York Times, coverage in The Nation and a sanctioned appearance at City Hall from City Comptroller John C. Liu.
In a video posted by Liu’s office, he states, “Our public assets are not for sale. That is the bottom line,” adding that claims library properties are draining money from the city are not founded, because “for years, these buildings have been neglected in the first place. We should maintain the public investment in these very public buildings. This is not a time to be selling off city assets in Brooklyn.”
Organization co-founder Carolyn McIntyre also speaks in the video clip, addressing her concerns about Brooklyn Heights’ Cadman Plaza branch. Other activities during’s CDL’s “Library Protection Week” are on its website.