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JVB and the library

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:30 am

We had been wondering if Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer of Sunnyside, who used to work for the Queens Library and now chairs the committee that oversees it, would have any problem in his oversight role given his past employment.

Sure, he had called a hearing at which library CEO Tom Galante was grilled over financial issues including his $450,000 compensation, but after that ... silence. Was that it? We wondered.

Not at all. Last week, in an exclusive interview, JVB detailed what he’s been doing to press for library reform, working in a complementary fashion with Borough President Melinda Katz. He is not holding back. He is not dropping the ball. And in the end, the library and Queens will be better for it. We salute Van Bramer and Katz for their ongoing oversight efforts.

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