Finally some good news: the mayor's proposed budget cuts to the three New York library systems apparently will not come to pass. The Brooklyn Eagle was first to report that the cuts, which would have resulted in significant layoffs as well as reductions in library hours and services, have been avoided. The Queens Library and New York Public Library have also been spared. Although the three library systems function independently from one another, the City decided the fate of their budgets collectively. To protest the suggested budget cuts, concerned library patrons had forwarded a petition with over 8,000 signatures to members of City Council.