Library solution
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Dear Editor:

There is an obvious solution for finding funding to support keeping all Queens libraries open six days per week.

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito controls the yearly programming of member-item spending. Mark-Viverito has always been proud of her role in giving out several hundred million dollars yearly worth of individual council member's pork barrel projects.

Mark-Viverito and her Council colleagues can give up some funding from their “pay for play” member items. It would be relatively easy for each of the 14 Queens-based council members to give up a $2 million portion of their own.

With $28 million, you could support keeping all libraries open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days per week.

Will Mark-Viverito and the Queens delegation be profiles in courage? Time will tell between now and adoption of the budget on July 1 for the next fiscal year.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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