Let’s wait and see if Thoma$ Galante will show up at TWO library re-opening celebrations happening on the same day:
the Arverne library at 312 Beach 54th St, Far Rockaway NY (Tel: 718-634-4784) reopening celebration from 1:00-2:00PM on Friday, April 18, 2014 and
the Queensboro Hill library at 60-05 Main St, Flushing NY (Tel: 718-359-8332) reopening celebration/Chinese musical concert from 2:30 – 3:30PM on Friday, April 18, 2014.
Per NY Daily News photog who sat outside his home in Wilton, CT, Thoma$ Galante skipped work, holed up in his home to avoid the press and public scrutiny at the Fresh Meadows library reopening celebration on March 28, 2014. On the VERY same day (March 28, 2014) the NY Daily News had a very unflattering headline news on Thoma$ Galante (see below a photo snapshot of one library copy of the NY Daily News vandalized by an unknown patron in pencil sketching).
On Friday, April 11, 2014, Thoma$ Galante went to Flushing library to celebrate the opening of the 24/7 self check-in machines. According to local Chinese newspaper Sing Tao Daily (click to read original Chinese news link), ALL of the local elected officials SUDDENLY found themselves tied up with other engagements happening at the same time on that day. They include Rep. Grace Meng, NYS Senator Toby Stavisky, NYS Assemblyman Ron Kim, City Councilman Peter Koo all decided to avoid being seen with Thoma$ Galante unless the elected officials were grilling Galante on his corruption charges. So they ALL sent their office representatives to go there, totally avoided being photographed with the current most hated man in Queens – Thoma$ Galante.
SNEAKY TRICK #1 done by the Queens Library – making BODY DOUBLE who resembles Rep. Grace Meng to stand next to Thoma$ Galante in photo, plus unannounced event at Flushing library. NOTE: ALL of the elected officials in Flushing SUDDENLY bailed out of this event at Flushing library on April 11, 2014 – because Thoma$ Galante showed up. That chubby Asian woman on 3rd LEFT in grey dress (next to Galante) is NOT Rep. Grace Meng. Her name is Minwen Yang who is the Asian-speaking assistant for NYS Senator Toby Stavisky who looks like Rep. Grace Meng if you ask me. The subtle differences are: her Body Double’s face is a bit rounder and meatier, and her hair a bit longer than Grace Meng’s. Hence she was there as a Body Double for Grace Meng to confuse people. Photo (starting from 3rd left): Minwen Yang from NYS Senator Toby Stavisky’s office, Thoma$ Galante a corrupted & morally bankrupt man, Don Capalbi from Rep. Grace Meng’s office, Al Rankin from Friends of the Flushing Library, Yuh-Line Niou from NYS Assemblyman Ron Kim’s office, Marilyn Bitterman – Community Board 7 District Manager, Donna Ciampa – manager at Flushing Library, andIan Chen from City Councilman Peter Koo’s office
The above is a true and real copy of the March 28, 2014 edition of the NY Daily News at the East Flushing library branch (click on the photo itself to view the “art work” up close). Someone obviously was trying to renew library items by jotting down the automated # 718-990-8508 and the Option #5 for renewal. He/she also did some pencil sketching on Thoma$ Galante’s face too.
SNEAKY TRICK #2 done by the Queens Library – using Councilman Costa Constantinides as BODY DOUBLE for Thoma$ Galante (Part 1 of 2): As you can see from this official/courtesy photo above (click on the photo itself to enlarge it for better viewing), Thoma$ Galante was a no-show at the March 28 Fresh Meadows library reopening celebration. If you don’t believe me, check the next photo taken by local folks when Galante’s “look-alike” was looking up toward the cameras. I am afraid Queens Library sent a “Galante look-alike” (aka: City Councilman Costa Constantides) and snapped the above photo while his “look-alike” was looking down. From l to r: Marc Haken of the Community Board 8; Queens Library COO Bridget Quinn-Carey; City Councilman Mark Weprin; NYS Senator Toby Stavisky; NYS Assemblywoman Nily Rozic; City Councilman Costa Constantinides; Jim Gallagher of the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association and Bob Harris of the West Cunningham Park Civic Association.
Cont’d: SNEAKY TRICK #2 done by the Queens Library – the trick revealed by a photo snapped by local folks (Part 2 of 2): Check out the above photo taken by local folks (click on the photo itself for better viewing), the big man standing next to the “Lady in Red” NYS Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is truly City Councilman Costa Constantinides. NOTE: Constantinides‘ larger frame and thinning hair bore quite a resemblance to Galante at first glance. But Galante has more severe level of receding hairline than Constantinides,and Constantinides has olive complexion vs. Galante‘s fair skin complexion.
If you subscribe to Time Warner Cable, the NY1 photographer took some video images of the Fresh Meadows library reopening celebrations on March 28, they called it the “Million Dollar Makeover at the Queens Library at Fresh Meadows“. Click on this LINK to view it, the catch is, you need to provide your subscriber information to view it.
Queens Library chief Thoma$ Galante always attends library reopening celebrations in the past (see photos below for proof). Let’s see if he will attend the upcoming Fresh Meadows library reopening shortly after the FBI and NYC Dept of Investigations are launching investigations on him and his construction pal Frank Marino, or will Galante skip it to avoid the media attention? The FM library reopening celebration was originally scheduled for February 21, but it was suddenly cancelled and then re-scheduled for March 28 (Hmm? Why?). If you can attend this WEEKDAY event, make sure to give the embattled Library CEO a piece of your mind.
The reopening celebration at the Fresh Meadows Library (phone: 718-454-7272) will be on Friday, March 28 at 1:00 pm (see photos below for the address of the library). Come and see what Thoma$ Galante’s no-bid contractor pal Frank Marino did to this library and many others. Who knows, maybe Thoma$ Galante will stop by to show you what a “wonderful” job his pal did. Be sure to “guess” if there will be undercover FBI and NYC Dept of Investigations people attending this reopening event. NOTE that the Fresh Meadows library renovation (just like renovations in other Queens library branches) was FULLY FUNDED by the NYC City Council and the State of New York (aka: taxpayers’ money).
By the way, the last time the news media went crazy in this part of Fresh Meadows (Queens), NY was in 2009 when the Swine Flu was all the rage at St. Francis Preparatory School (SFP) just a few hundred feet away from the Fresh Meadows Library. Embattled NYS Senator Malcolm Smith’s daughter Amanda was then a sophomore at SFP in 2009, she was one of the students who caught the Swine Flu.
From l to r: NYS Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, NYS Senator Tony Avella, Bayside library branch manager Jean Lee, Thoma$ Galante, House of Rep. Grace Meng at the Bayside library reopening on July 2013.
Front row from l to right: City Councilman Vincent Gentile, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Thoma$ Galante, former Borough President Helen Marshall, City Councilman Eric Ulrich, Community Board 14 Chairwoman Dolores Orr and Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr. at the Broad Channel library reopening celebration on March 2013.
Thoma$ Galante (3rd left), former City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. (4th left), at the Broadway library reopening celebration on August 2009.
From l to r: City Councilman Vincent Gentile, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, former NYS Assemblywoman Grace Meng (currently House of Rep.), Thoma$ Galante, City Councilman Peter Koo, former NYS Senator Frank Padavan, former City Councilman Dan Halloran at the McGoldrick library reopening celebration on September 2010.
From l to r: NYS Senator Toby Stavisky (4th left), Thoma$ Galante (5th left), City Councilman Peter Koo, NYS Assemblyman Ron Kim, former Queens Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik at Mitchell-Linden library reopening celebration on October 2013.
Thoma$ Galante (2nd right), City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (3rd right), City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (2nd left) at the Ridgewood library reopening celebration on March 2011.
From l to r: Thoma$ Galante, NYS Assemblyman David Weprin, NYS Senator Toby Stavisky, City Councilman Mark Weprin at the Windsor Park library reopening celebration on February 2011.
Top row in the back: City Councilman Eric Ulrich (3rd left), Thoma$ Galante (4th left), NYS Assemblyman Mike Miller (5th left). Right below top row: NYS Senator Joe Addabbo, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall at the Woodhaven library reopening celebration on September 2013.