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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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Audit Details $310,000 in Prohibited Expenses by Queens Library’s Leaders

“In a sweeping critique of past spending and accounting practices at the Queens Library, a city audit released on Wednesday detailed more than $310,000 in prohibited expenses by the former president of the system, Thomas W. Galante, and by other executives. More than $100,000 of these expenses, officials contended, could amount to fraud and embezzlement. Among the abuses, library executives used library funds to pay for “extravagant meals,” alcohol, tickets to a Maroon 5 rock concert, admission to Disneyland, airline upgrades, Apple TVs, a smoking balcony off the president’s office and smokeless ashtrays — all while maintaining that the library system was running a deficit, said Scott M. Stringer, the New York City comptroller, whose office conducted the audit and a related inquiry into possible misconduct.” (Via NYT)

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EXCLUSIVE: NYC City Controller Scott Stringer urges DA, IRS to probe financial abuse at Queens Library

Financial abuse at Queens Library was so out of control that city Controller Scott Stringer is urging the IRS and local prosecutors to launch criminal probes against both Thomas Galante, the library’s ousted president, and his successor, Bridget Quinn-Carey, the Daily News has learned. Stringer’s 18-month audit of the library has concluded that Galante and Quinn-Carey, the library’s former chief operating officer and now interim president, racked up more than $310,000 in prohibited personal expenses on their library credit cards over a three-year period ending June 30, 2014.” (Via The Daily News)

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Queens Library Fills Void After Closure of City’s Last Sheet Music Store

“The musical void left by the reported closure of the New York’s last classical sheet music store is being filled by the Queens Library. The institution has built the city’s largest collection of music scores that’s available to check out — a compilation that’s gained importance since the Frank Music Company, on West 54th St. between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, closed earlier this month.” (via DNAinfo.com New York)

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Construction to begin on long-delayed Queens Library branch

“Better late than never. A long-delayed Queens library is finally getting off the ground, with construction set to begin in the next few weeks, officials will announce Thursday.

Workers have begun sampling the soil around the future site of the Queens Library’s Hunters Point branch, which will be the system’s first newly built branch in more than 20 years. The project has been delayed — and some of its vaunted green design elements scaled down — as officials struggled to come up with the money to build it and plans were simplified to keep the budget from ballooning.” (via NY Daily News)

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Former Queens Library head Thomas Galante to sue over firing

“Disgraced former Queens Library president Thomas Galante says he’ll sue the library’s board for firing him over allegations that he abused a library credit card to make personal purchases.The library’s trustees — including board members appointed recently by Mayor de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz — unanimously voted Wednesday night to terminate Galante’s employment. He made $392,000 a year.On Thursday Galante’s lawyer, Hillary Prudlo, told the Daily News: “The library breached the employment agreement, and we will see them in court.” (via NY Daily News)

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