Six Queens Library board members who were removed from their posts last month are being barred from making an appeal.
The people who were fired claim Queens Borough President Melinda Katz does not have the constitutional authority to fire them.
The six board members were removed after they refused to comply with the borough's financial investigation of the library.
Their appeal claims they can only be removed by the library's internal organization and not by borough politicians.
Katz denied the appeal in federal court.
She said, "Their removals were clearly authorized by the state law that was enacted in June with nearly unanimous support in the Legislature. They are therefore forced to rely on the extraordinarily weak argument that their removal was somehow unconstitutional. You can't make a federal case out of disappointment."
Meanwhile, trustees responded, saying, "Borough President Katz insists on repeating the same untrue allegations about the Trustees’ conduct. They are nothing more than a smokescreen to hide her attempt to seize control of the Queens Library for her own political ends...Her actions threaten the independence of every community institution and the freedoms they protect."