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continued from page 2 reporting by the News revealed that Galante also works part-time for the Elmont School District on Long Island, earning more than $100,000 a year there. Questioned about his work schedule by Van Bramer and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), Galante said he works 70 to 80 hours a week for the library, with his work for Elmont on top of that. The News subsequently obtained time sheets from Elmont that, the paper said in an editorial calling for Galante to step down, show he either “can bend the space-time continuum,” overbilled Elmont or is not working enough for the library. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and city Department of Investigation recently served the library with subpoenas for records, though the Queens Chronicle could not determine what documents those were. The News also reports that Galante has an association that traces back to Elmont, which lies just over the city line opposite Hollis and Cambria Heights, with a construction manager who won contracts for a number of the library system’s recent renovation projects. In response to the criticism, the library and its board have said that Galante does an excellent job as CEO, pointing to its modernization, the upgrades at numerous branches, its response to Hur ricane

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