Friday, July 10, 2015

Just what every library needs: a smokeless ashtray

Audit Details $310,000 in Prohibited Expenses by Queens Library’s Leaders.  (The New York Times, 7/8/2015)

No itemized expenditures reports at Queens Library? (bullet points added)
Among the abuses, library executives used library funds to pay for 
  • “extravagant meals,” 
  • alcohol, 
  • tickets to a Maroon 5 rock concert, 
  • admission to Disneyland, 
  • airline upgrades, 
  • Apple TVs, 
  • a smoking balcony off the president’s office and 
  • smokeless ashtrays 
— all while maintaining that the library system was running a deficit, said Scott M. Stringer, the New York City comptroller, whose office conducted the audit and a related inquiry into possible misconduct.

Related posts: 
Employment opportunity at Queens Library.  (12/20/2014)
Now I wish I'd been following this story more closely.  (11/13/2014) 
Is everybody happy?  (3/13/2014)
Queens library director on hot seat. (2/4/2014)

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