Monday, December 29, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Follow NY1 News on Facebook Follow NY1 News on Google+ Subscribe to this news feed 

News

City, FBI Investigate Millions Spent on Improvements to Queens Library

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: City, FBI Investigate Millions Spent on Improvements to Queens Library
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

out of 10

Free Video Views Remaining

To get you to the stories you care about, we are offering everyone 10 video views per month.

Access to our video is always free for Time Warner Cable video customers who login with their TWC ID.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

The city and the FBI are investigating the spending of millions of dollars on improvements to the Queens Library.

The scrutiny focuses on Library Director Thomas Galante, who reportedly made nearly $400,000 last year, and renovations contracted to Frank Marino of Advanced Consulting Corporation.

Galante and Marino have ties to the same Long Island school district.

Since 2008, Marino has received contracts for 15 library improvement projects.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz asked Mayor Bill de Blasio to suspend the library's ability to independently spend city funds on renovations.

She said that in the past three years, the city has set aside more than $140 million to Queens libraries.

10.11.12.247 ClientIP: 54.145.183.169, 184.51.126.20 UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP