‘Our most precious resource’: Pols say restored funding saved Brooklyn Public Library programs the from chopping block

Nearly three months after the City Council struck a deal to restore millions of dollars in funding for the city’s public libraries as part of the Fiscal Year 2024 budget, Council Member Justin Brannan and New York City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams stopped by the Bay Ridge library to talk about what the money means for Brooklyn. 

The Brooklyn Public Library and its sister library systems were looking at significant cuts when Mayor Eric Adams proposed a citywide Program to Eliminate the Gap which required all city agencies to reduce their spending in Fiscal Year 23 by 3%, and by 4.75% each year from fiscal years 2024 through 2026.