Keep Hartford Public Library Mark Twain and Blue Hills Ave Branch from Closing
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Bridget Quinn-Carey ex Chief Operating Officer of the New York Queens Burough Public Library now CEO of Hartford Public Library, has made a budget cut totaling around $1.25 million resulting in the closing of the Mark Twain Branch, The Blue Hills Branch, and the Camp Field Branch. However, the 2017 budget for Hartford Public Library is $10.6 million. In 2015 they had a budget of $8 million and had much more staff and branches running perfectly fine. Why close access to a vital community asset if its affordable? These branches are essential for the citizens of Hartford who don't have access to these resources at home. They are dangerously vital as it allows many citizens to apply to jobs and for youth to participate in after school programs. "Thousands of Hartford children and their families will lose reading programs, homework help and free computer time," the library posted in a plea for help on its Facebook page.
What's even more disturbing than this was Bridget Quinn-Carey's performance as the C.E.O. of the New York Queens Burough Branch. In one article by Columnist John O'Reilly of the Long Island City Post regarding the unsolicited use of company funds:
"This and other illicit activity covered in the Comptroller’s reports engaged in by Mr. Galante and by current Interim Library President and CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey (who served as Chief Operating Officer when Galante was in charge) took place while “the Library was eliminating services to the reading public, cutting operating hours of Queens branches by an average of 4 hours per week,”
“executives made sure that their own incomes increased, with executive compensation growing by 6.9 percent even as they cut [Library] services staff and their salaries by 2.8 percent.”
What has the Library done to recoup and recover monies the Comptroller characterized as embezzled by its two top executives? Virtually nothing. Worse than that, the Library now refers to the Comptroller’s findings of a “sickening track record of waste, fraud and abuse” as “allegations,” particularly with respect to the approximately $50,000 the Comptroller says was spent by current Acting CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey on personal items, not authorized, in violation of policy, for which she may owe taxes."
The city of Hartford cannot afford to lose these resources. Sign the petition to save these branches and continue to provide funding.
Click here to read about the Mark Twain Branch: https://www.hplct.org/locations-hours/mark-twain
Click here to read about the Blue Hills Branch: https://www.hplct.org/locations-hours/blue-hills
Click here to read about the Camp Field Branch: https://www.hplct.org/locations-hours/camp-field
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