By Bill Parry
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced the appointment of attorney Pauline Healy to the Queens Library Board of Trustees Friday.
The Douglaston resident has served as Director of Agency Standards of the Melville, Long Island, office of the New York Life Insurance Company since May 2015, where she is responsible for ensuring the office’s compliance with the company’s rules, as well as with state and federal law.
“Pauline Healy is a skilled and conscientious attorney who will be a valuable addition to the Queens Library Board,” Katz said. “Ms. Healy brings with her a wealth of experience that will help enhance the governance and efficacy of our borough’s beloved library system.”
Healy joined the New York Life Insurance Company in 1996 and worked there until 2002, when she joined the AXA Equitable insurance company.
She returned to New York Life as a Senior Agency Standards Consultant in 2012 and became Director of Agency Standards in 2015.
“Having spent most of my life as a Queens resident and frequent patron of the Queens Libraries, both for myself and my daughter, I’m thankful that Borough President Katz has appointed me to the Queens Library Board of Trustees,” Healy said.
“I’m committed to using my legal background and business and communication skills to ensure that the Queens Library is governed with transparency and fiscal soundness, so that it may continue to provide quality service to the diverse resident of Queens who rely on their libraries to provide a vast array not only of books and other media, but of educational, cultural and community programs,” she added.
Healy has contributed to the community by serving as board president and legal chair of the Douglas Manor Association from 2012 to 2014.
Her responsibilities in that position included presiding over community meetings, negotiating contracts, addressing community concerns, settling legal disputes and overseeing the content of the association’s newsletters and other publications.
Healy earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University in 1987 and a Juris Doctor degree from the St. John’s University School of Law in 1993.
After graduating from law school, Healy worked for two years as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.
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