Queens Library board votes to place Galante on paid leave

By TimesLedger Staff

The Queens Library Board of Trustees voted to place President and CEO Thomas Galante on indefinite leave with pay at a closed-door meeting Thursday night.

Galante will continue to collect his $392,000 salary from the library.

Bridget Quinn-Carey, who serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer, was named interim president and CEO.

“Queens Library has a critical mission to provide information and education. It has long been a model of excellence,” said Quinn-Carey. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, our elected officials and colleagues at all levels of the organization to build on the library’s outstanding work.”

Following the vote on Galante, the board also ordered the library’s audit committee to allow New York City’s Comptroller Scott Stringer full access to all financial documents that he has requested.

In a release following the meeting, the Queens Library board said its decision is part of an ongoing effort to ensure the institution’s actions are conducted in an open and transparent manner.

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