Continuing to defy the city comptroller and insisting on adhering to an agreement reached with one of his predecessors in 1997, the Queens Library again decided last night to withhold documents that are being sought for an audit.
The library administration has refused the requests of Comptroller Scott Stringer to provide all financial records for the audit, which was prompted earlier this year by revelations about library spending and operations, brought to light primarily by the Daily News.
On Thursday night the Library Board of Trustees voted to continue defying Stringer, passing a resolution that said it would only provide those documents it agreed to make public in a 1997 accord with then-Comptroller Alan Hevesi. Another resolution, which would have forced the administration to provide all the documents Stringer wants, was voted down.
The resolution that passed was sponsored by Trustee Mary Ann Mattone, and the one that failed was sponsored by Trustee Judy Bergtraum.
The comptroller has taken the library to court to negate the agreement with Hevesi and force it to provide all documents.
Library spokeswoman Joanne King confirmed the votes but could not say what the tally on either was, saying the institution does not release those. The library, though it provides a municipal service, is a private, state-authorized entity under contract with the city.