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Probing the library

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:30 am

The Queens Library has abandoned its initial refusal to provide City Comptroller Scott Stringer with all the documents he wants for an overdue audit. Good. Although technically a private nonprofit group, the library gets 88 percent of its funding from the taxpayers, the vast bulk of that from those in the city. It has no excuse not to open the books for the comptroller as controversy swirls around its spending and operations.

Maybe all the library does is on the level. That’s what Stringer’s audit, a probe by city and federal criminal investigators and past and future City Council hearings are designed to determine. If not everything is kosher, let the chips fall where they may and then let’s see major reforms.

The word “library” should bring to mind the pursuit of knowledge, not of scandal. We hope that it will again soon.

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