Queens Library reform bill passes Legislature

“Several of the borough’s legislatures reached an agreement in Albany Friday on a bill to regulate the activities at the Queens Public Library. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz praised the Senate for voting 59-1 early Friday for the measure that would reform the appointment of members to the board of trustees, replace the committee that oversees the library’s personnel with an executive committee and require the library to respond to the state’s Freedom of Information Law. Lawmakers first started working on legislation to reform the library following revelations the nonprofit’s chief executive officer, Thomas Galante, made a $392,000 salary and the start of an FBI investigation concerning questionable fiscal management of the nonprofit, which gets federal, state and city funding.” (via TimesLedger)

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