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Dennis Walcott gets hands-on as Queens Library CEO

“Some Queens Library staffers got a first look at their new boss last Friday and were probably stunned — and heartened — by what they saw.Clad in a sweatshirt, jeans and boots, Dennis Walcott hopped off a Queens Library truck as it made stops at 13 branches around the borough to drop off books and other materials.The former New York City schools chancellor and deputy mayor chatted with dozens of staffers and library patrons that snowy morning.” (voa NY Daily News)

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Ex-schools Chancellor Walcott to become Queens Library CEO

“It looks like the Queens Library is about to be run by the book.Respected former city Schools Chancellor and Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott is poised to take over as CEO of the Queens Library, the Daily News has learned.Walcott, who grew up in Queens, is expected to bring a steady hand to the busy system that was rocked by the free-spending ways of former CEO Thomas Galante.” (via NY Daily News)

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Queens Library goes after ex-CEO for $200G

“Didn’t he have a library card? The ex-CEO of the Queens Library expensed books he bought on Amazon for his Kindle, the library says in court papers.The library filed the complaint about Thomas Galante in a countersuit to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses and legal fees it forked over to the ousted executive, the Daily News has learned.” (via NY Daily News)

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Axed Queens Public Library director suing for over $2M

“The fired director of the Queens Public Library is suing his former employer for more than $2 million, claiming his ouster over wild misspending was a political hatchet job. Thomas Galante made headlines last year for allegedly treating library coffers like his personal piggy bank — building a $27,000 smoking deck outside his office and charging nearly $200 worth of gas in one day for his company-issued Nissan. (via NYP)

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Borough Aid to Queens Library Is Restored

“The Queens borough president has allocated $14 million to the Queens Library for capital improvements, her office announced on Monday, a year after she withheld such funds after an investigation into the financial misconduct of the library’s former president. The allocation, for the 2016 fiscal year, will be distributed to 12 branches out of the system’s 62 locations. It will go toward renovation projects at the Baisley Park branch, estimated to cost $3.5 million, the St. Albans branch, which will cost $2.2 million, and the Arvene branch, expected to cost $3.8 million.” (via NY Times)

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