City Comptroller Audit Reveals DOE Flaws

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer While overcrowding continues to stifle City schools – Queens schools in particular – an audit conducted by City Comptroller Scott Stringer reveals that the Dept. of Education did not properly address overcrowding in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. According to the audit, a third of City schools were overcrowded […]

Queens Library, City Comptroller In Court

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer The Queens Library saga continues. This week, in an interview with the Queens Tribune, City Comptroller Scott Stringer revealed that his case against Queens Library has made its way to court and that he is confident there will be a ruling in his favor. The news comes just two weeks […]

Something To Hide?

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 […]

Queens Library, Comptroller Continue To Clash

Queens Library, Comptroller Continue To Clash

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer On the evening of May 8, the Queens Library board of trustees voted to reject a resolution that would require the nonprofit to fully comply with an audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, further fueling tensions between the two. According to reports, members of the 19-person board failed to pass […]

City Freezes Queens Library Money

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer On Monday, City officials from the Dept. of Design and Construction told the City Council that it has frozen payments that allowed Queens Library to use portions of its $20 million capital budget on its own projects with little City oversight. According to reports, City officials will not release any […]

Katz Asks Galante To Take Leave Of Absence

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Earlier this week, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz sent an open letter to embattled Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante, recommending that he take a leave of absence. Galante has been under fire by media and elected officials alike for his $391,994 annual salary and $140,000 in office renovations. Allegations that […]

Just Call Him AARP Daddy

At this month’s Community Board 12 meeting, City Comptroller Scott Stringer may have shared a little too much with his constituents. While discussing issues important to seniors, Stringer reassured those in attendance that he has the energy for the job by insinuating he has still the energy for something else… “I am 53 years old […]

Queens Library Fires Back At PR Reports

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Last week, the media alleged that Queens Library’s Board of Trustees voted to spend $30,000 in taxpayer dollars to boost its public image in the weeks following the scandal revolving around CEO Thomas Galante and his six-figure salary. And now, Queens Library is firing back. According to Joanne King, a […]

Galante Vows To Improve Oversight

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Queens Library officials defended president and CEO Thomas Galante’s six-figure salary while admitting a need for reform at a roundtable discussion with Borough reporters on Monday. Galante has been under fire by media and elected officials alike for his $391,994 annual salary and $140,000 in office renovations– perks he referred […]