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Cops fork over $1.5K each for accepting steak dinners from library CEO

“Three high-ranking NYPD cops have agreed to pay fines of $1,500 each for accepting high-priced steak dinners from former Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante, it was announced Monday.Galante was fired by the library’s board in 2014 for his lavish spending.Chief of Housing James Secreto admitted to chowing down on the library’s tab on four occasions in 2012 and 2013 — at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Quality Meats and San Pietro, all in Manhattan, as well as Christo’s Steakhouse in Astoria.” (via (New York Post)

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Queens Public Library must pay for axed boss’ defense

“The Queens Public Library has to foot the bill for the defense of its ex-chief — even though he is accused of turning library coffers into his personal piggy bank, a Brooklyn federal judge ruled Thursday.Former president and CEO Thomas Galante — who sued the library last year after he was canned over his questionable expenses — is entitled under state law to legal funds for his defense against the library’s counter-suit against him.” (via New York Post)

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Queens Library CEO May Proceed With Challenge to Firing

“The Queens Library’s former CEO and president, fired amid an investigation revealing that he and other officials spent $300,000 in library funds on rock concerts, alcohol and other prohibited expenses, may proceed with his lawsuit against the library, a federal judge has ruled.The library’s board of trustees fired Thomas Galante in December 2014 after months of media reports scrutinizing his pay and expenditures. Galante was fired for cause, depriving him of a $2 million severance package.” (via New York Law Journal)

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Google to offer free coding classes at Queens Library

“Google is hoping to inspire a new generation of computer coders this summer with free programs at the Queens Library, the Daily News has learned.This is the first time the tech giant is partnering with a library to engage youngsters — and the programs targets kids who may not even have computer access at home.“Diversity is a big goal of ours and if we want more digital creators out there that look like New Yorkers, we need to go out and find them and inspire them,” said William Floyd, Google’s head of external affairs for New York and New Jersey.” (via NY Daily News)

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In Rockaways Library, ‘a Sign of Recovery’

“When the Peninsula branch of the Queens Library opens to the public on Tuesday, it will be the first time in nearly three years that local residents have a fully restored library. The library, which just received a $3.6 million renovation, has been closed to the public since superstorm Sandy. The facility, which had been slated for renovation before the storm, was decimated: Water inside the building rose to 4 feet, tossing shelves and books around the room. Data and electrical wires were destroyed, a window shattered and books washed down the street.” (via WSJ)

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