A Daily News report includes excerpts from Roberts' letter of resignation:
“After deep consideration and reflection, I have decided to resign as Executive Director of this great institution effective December 31, 2014. I will continue to serve you as your Vice President on the International Executive Board of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
“It has been a great pleasure to serve the members of DC 37 and to have had the opportunity to lead this Council through some of our most turbulent times in history. Although I am leaving the office of Executive Director, I will hold all of you and the members in my heart. I will always treasure those moments I spent working directly with members. I will always be passionate about this Council, the Executive Board, our members, and, of course, our International Union, AFSCME.
“Finally, I wish all of you success in continuing to take the Council to greater heights. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve this great union.”
Lillian Roberts is a legend in the labor movement, both here in New York City and nationwide. She has fought tirelessly to protect workers, and in recent years has campaigned to expose government waste through privatization of city services. Local 1482 appreciates her ongoing advocacy of library workers, especially during the budget troubles of recent years.
Harry Garido, DC37 Associate Director, will assume the Executive Director position on December 31.