Majority Leader Van Bramer on the Passing of Gert McDonald

Majority Leader Van Bramer released the following statement on the passing of longtime community leader Gert McDonald.

Rally for Arts and Cultural Organizations

On Friday, May 19th, I joined over 70 artists, members of cultural organizations from across New York City, and supporters of the arts held a rally at City Hall calling for $40 million in increased investment in New York City’s more than 1,500 cultural organizations before the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries held a hearing on the FY18 Executive Budget.

Invest in Libraries!

On Friday, May 19th, I joined the presidents of the New York Public Library, Queens Library, and Brooklyn Public Library, Henry Garrido, the Executive Director of the District Council 37 union, and the #InvestInLibraries campaign to rally in support of funding for New York City’s libraries in the FY18 budget on the steps of City Hall before the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries held a hearing on the FY18 Executive Budget. At the rally, leaders, employees and supporters of New York City’s public libraries called for funding for 7 day service and for $150 million in necessary capital funds to make needed repairs and facility upgrades to ensure all New Yorkers can enjoy the invaluable and essential services our libraries provide.

Celebrating the Return of Summer Thursdays in Bliss Plaza

On May 11th, I joined the Executive Director of Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District Jamie-Faye Bean and members of the community to celebrate the return of Summer Thursdays at Bliss Plaza, presented by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District in partnership with my office.

Cutting the Ribbon on the New LaGuardia Community College Library

On Thursday, May 11th, I was honored to join LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow, Vice Chancellor of CUNY Judy Bergtraum, and students from LaGuardia Community College to cut the ribbon on the beautifully expanded and renovated $15 million expansion of the LaGuardia Community College Library that more than doubled the size of the current library.

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