This is even better than the principal story.
For a classic study of the “Tale of Two Cities,” Mayor de Blasio should visit the Queens Central Library.
Patrons of that dilapidated two-story building on Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica have faced years of unending construction and diminished services.
But that didn’t stop library President Thomas Galante from spending $140,000 last year to renovate his offices on the building’s second floor. Galante managed this after eliminating nearly 130 library jobs through layoffs and attrition over the past five years.
And that’s on top of Galante’s eye-popping salary last year of $391,594 — an increase of $12,000 from the previous year.
Some might ask: Why is the director of a borough library system, one that’s always menaced by budget cuts, paid more than the mayor ($225,000), the schools chancellor ($220,000) or the MTA chairman ($350,000)?