When weighing in on all the valuable services that Queens Library offers to the Borough’s residents, we find it alarming that the board has voted to reject a motion that would require them to fully comply with an audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
If Queens Library continues to act without transparency in the manner that it has, it will put them at risk of losing crucial funding needed to operate – not only from the City, but from the office of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. And this will not only have a negative impact on the nonprofit, it will also have a negative impact on the residents who utilize many of the Library’s programs.
Queens Library reps have repeatedly argued that they believe in transparency, yet the board of trustees continues to deny the Comptroller access to financial spending records, citing a stipulation agreement from nearly 20 years ago. These rather suspicious grounds have begun to tarnish the Library’s reputation and are taking the spotlight away from the good the Library does for Queens.
If the Library truly has nothing to hide, much like it has been preaching to the media, we cannot help but wonder why they are not fully complying with Stringer’s audit. Their full cooperation will not only shape their future, but the future of the very people Queens Library claims they are committed to serving.