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Mayor, Queens Borough President Remove 8 Library Trustees

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz removed eight Queens Library trustees after they refused to oust the Library's Director.

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

A hearing on April 3 resulted in 9 trustees, one whom has since resigned, voting "no" to Galante taking a leave of absence.

The Queens Library voiced their disapproval of removing him, saying, "Every one of the tens of millions who has enriched his life through Queens Library owes them thanks for their service."

Comptroller Scott Stringer says he commends the change, and hopes his audit team can investigate the incident without delay.

Katz and de Blasio have the power to remove them after Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his approval.

"There was a decision made that the educational purpose of the library was not being fulfilled by these trustees, there was an issue of transparency and accountability. It affected how the library operated, it affected the relationship between the library and the city, and I think we made the best judgment for the City of New York," Katz said.

In response to the removal of the trustees, a spokeswoman for the Queens Library says "The Board consists of volunteer high-profile professionals and community activists who make time out of their busy schedules. Every one of the tens of millions who has enriched his life through Queens Library owes them thanks for their service."

The Library trustees can appeal to them to be reinstated at the end of next week.

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