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Meeting to Reportedly Remove Queens Library Leader Cancelled

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An emergency meeting expected to be held Thursday by the Queens Public Library trustees to remove their controversial director has been cancelled.

Thomas Galante's high salary and alleged misuse of funds have come under fire, leading to an investigation by the city comptroller and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to the Daily News, under the proposed contract the meeting was set to discuss, Galante would resign his $392,000 a year position. In return, he would be given a consulting deal that would net him more than $800,000 over a two-year span.

In response to the column, the Queens library board issued a statement saying, "The Daily News story is an inaccurate report of a proposal being presented to the Board of Trustees for its consideration. A confidential draft of a proposed agreement was provided to the members of the Board as the first step in an effort to begin a conversation on the conditions of a possible transition of leadership at the Library." ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP