Galante's greed
Nov 29, 2016 | 17537 views | 0 0 comments | 1174 1174 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Your recent report on the Queens Library lawsuit settlement is another sad example of intimidation by litigation.

Rather than present a solid case in court, the library caved into former CEO Tom

Galante's lawyers and paid him $1.5 million to make his wrongful termination lawsuit go away.

Galante was fired for using library funds for personal gain and holding a second job in Nassau County while on the Queens Library's time. That's termination for cause, not wrongful discharge.

The only thing he's entitled to is an application for unemployment compensation. New Queens Library CEO Dennis Walcott said the settlement serves his institution's best interests & enables it to "put our resources towards our future."

How about the future of the Vleigh Place library in Kew Gardens Hills, which has been closed for nearly four years with no re-opening date in sight? That $1.5 million might have speeded completion of a structure that should be re-titled "The Tomb of the Unknown Library."

Overdue books are common, an overdue library is not.


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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