To The Editor:
Re the Queens Tribune’s April 12 report “Adult Education Rally,” the Queens Borough Hall protest by 120 students spotlights our mayor’s hypocrisy. He claims to champion immigrants, but cuts funds needed to help them learn English is a vital skill for their future. Slashing $12 million for adult literacy classes is unjustifiable and inexcusable. But there’s one way to fix this mistake: transfer the $14.5 million that taxpayers will shell out for the mayor and his aides’ legal bills to the adult literacy program’s budget. Prosecutors didn’t file charges after two corruption investigations, so why should we pay his lawyers $900 an hour?
New York City’s Law Department, which is staffed by some 900 attorneys, is mandated to handle the legal affairs of our mayor and his staff relating to their jobs. Comptroller Scott Stringer has final approval over this expenditure. Taxpayers must urge him to transfer this money to help immigrants learn English and aid other disadvantaged New Yorkers. If he doesn’t, we should file a class-action suit to stop a huge waste of our tax dollars.
Kew Gardens Hills