NY Daily News Reports: “Queens Public Library Trustees Plan to Remove Thomas Galante as director — Then Give Him Consulting Job that Pays $800G”
UPDATE 3:30pm Queens library board cancels meeting about Thomas Galante’s $800,000 exit package (via NYDN)
UPDATE Gov. Cuomo signs bill to reform operations at embattled Queens library system (via NYDN)
From The New York Daily News:
The trustees of the Queens Public Library have scheduled an emergency meeting for Thursday night to remove their controversial director Thomas Galante, while also granting him more than $800,000 in a golden parachute consulting deal, the Daily News has learned.
Under the proposed deal, Galante would resign the $392,000-a-year chief executive post he has held for 10 years, and would be given instead a consultant job until July 31 on an “as needed basis” – at a salary of $407,876, said two trustees who were briefed on the deal.
Then on Aug. 1, Galante would begin a two-year consulting job for the library at $386,779 annually. He would also be paid an additional $50,000 on Aug. 1, 2015.
The board’s scheduled action comes only days after the State Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill specifically aimed at reforming governance of the Queens Library.
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Some of Our Past Coverage
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June 14, 2014
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June 5, 2014
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April 29, 2014
Roundup: Queens Public Library/Thomas Galante Story Continues, Board Votes to End His $2 Million Golden Parachute
February 21, 2014
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