"Gov. George Pataki's proposed 8.5 percent budget cut to public education spurred loud and widespread opposition from lawmakers, schools, parents and local governments."
"But barely a word has been said about the governor's decision to offer $ 13.3 million less for libraries -- an almost 15 percent cut. Librarians predict a reduction in services statewide, from a slimmer book selection to shorter hours of operation, if the state Legislature doesn't restore their funding."
"The total funding we would receive is one-tenth of one percent of the state budget -- one tenth of a penny, that's all the state is willing to spend on libraries," said Susan Lehman Keitel, executive director of the New York Library Association." (from The Times Union)