8 The QUENS Courier • march 26, 2015 for breaking news visit www.queenscourier.com Flushing businessman uses ad to promote stronger alliance with South Korea BY ROBERT POZARYCKI email@example.com @robbpoz After the American ambassador to South Korea was assaulted last month, a local Korean-American businessman found a way to voice his support for a stronger alliance between the two nations. Bridge Enterprises purchased an ad that’s on display NEW CITYWIDE CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR OVER $1B INVESTMENT IN LIBRARIES BY THE QUEENS COURIER STAF firstname.lastname@example.org @QueensCourier A citywide campaign is looking to reach city leaders and call on them to invest in and fund public libraries. The campaign “Invest in Libraries,” which was launched on Friday, is a partnership among library supporters, the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Library. “Invest in Libraries” calls for a $65 million increase in operating expenses in this year’s budget in order to provide to the programs and services offered at the three library systems. It also calls for $1.1 billion in capital funding for critical renovations and maintenance. Along with launching the campaign, a new report called “Long Overdue: NYC’s $1.1 Billion Library Fine,” was also released, sharing examples of branches that are in need of capital funding. “Our city’s library branches are literally crumbling,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “This report highlights the tremendous need and maintenance crisis that is plaguing our city’s neighborhood library branches. Without increasing the operating and capital budgets for the city’s three library institutions, millions of New Yorkers will continue to lose access to the very resources and programs that are pulling Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (center) joined other elected officials, city library presidents and advocates to launch the “Invest in Libraries” campaign. them into the middle class. Now is the time to act.” In the report it says the city’s libraries are facing a “maintenance crisis” with problems such as overcrowding, chronic water damage, broken elevators, heating and cooling problems, and other issues. In some cases, because of inadequate funding, some libraries have been forced to make temporary fixes such as painting over leaks instead of replacing declining roofs, the report said. The campaign also launched the website investinlibraries. org where people can “take Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office action” and stay updated. “In the first half of Fiscal Year ’15, visitorship at Queens Library is up. Attendance at free library programs is up 6.7 percent over the past 6 months, and up 43 percent over the past five years. We now have the opportunity and ability to do better for the people of this city — as the economy grows, so should the investment in libraries,” said Bridget Quinn- Carey, interim president and CEO of the Queens Library. “Together we can ensure all of our residents and communities grow and thrive.” at a bus shelter located on Northern Boulevard eastbound at 149th Street in Flushing denouncing the March 5 slashing of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert. According to Han Tai-kyuk (Ted Han) of Bridge Enterprises, the ad is a gesture designed to show a “steady and stable tie” between Korean-Americans and the U.S. government. The area where the ad was posted is home to a large Korean population, “99 percent” of which condemned the act of violence, he added. Lippert — whom President Obama appointed as ambassador to South Korea last October— was sliced across the face and left arm while attending a breakfast forum in Seoul. His attacker — identified as Kim Ki-jong — reportedly is described as a strong Korean nationalist supportive of unifying communist North Korea and democratic South Korea. Han’s ad shows images of Lippert meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye days after the incident. Above the pictures is written, in Korean and English, “We stand together as brothers and sisters!” Photo courtesy of Ted Han Flushing businessman Ted Han (at left) with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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