Eagle: Stringer Will Audit Brooklyn Public Library

Well, one development this week may keep Citizens Defending Libraries from hissing. The Brooklyn Eagle reports that NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer plans to audit the Brooklyn Public Library. The paper adds that the group had asked former Comptroller John Liu to do the same but he did not act.

Brooklyn Eagle: The audit plan was triggered by allegations of unchecked spending at the Queens Borough Public Library, Stringer said. According to the New York Daily News, Thomas Galante, president of the Queens system, spent $140,000 last year to renovate his office, including $27,000 for a rooftop deck where he “grabs a smoke.” This comes on top of a salary of almost $400,000, and other perks.

“Obviously, we read the same allegations everyone else did, and decided to start with the Queens system,” Stringer said during a roundtable discussion at the Park Plaza Diner in Brooklyn Heights.

“We then said, in all fairness, let’s do all three library systems,” which includes Queens, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and the New York Public Library (which serves Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island.)

Stringer said that the audits will include a close examination of the funding of capital improvements, spending practices, executive pay and compensation, and the oversight role of the library systems’ boards of trustees.

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  • marshasrimler

    This is most welcome. BPL in secret decided to let the 2 branches on Cadman Plaza decline bit by bit while it planned a
    sale. They hired a CEO who was supposed to raise private funds and all she did was become a saleswoman for library sell-offs . This Board is dominated by Bloomberg cronies who do business together and serve on each others Boards . These folks came up with a plan to relocate the Business Library out of the business district to Park Slope in the midst of a downtown
    rebirth.. Does this make any sense?? .

  • Andrew Porter

    Marsha, I believe that the smoldering comments you’ve been making for so long have now burst into flame. Let’s see what a mayoral administration not intent on tearing down old stuff and building shiny and much higher new stuff has to say about who let things go to hell—and why.

  • marshasrimler

    I am going to continue to push for the right thing to happen.. thanks