Eight trustees of the Queens Library were banished from the board in a sudden email blitz Wednesday.
Six members were dismissed by Borough President Melinda Katz and Mayor Bill de Blasio cut loose two board members.
The eight members cut loose were Joseph R. Ficalora, Jacqueline E. Arrington, Patricia Flynn, William Jefferson, Grace Lawrence, Terri C. Mangino, George Stamatiades and Stephen Van Anden.
Van Anden and Flynn were the mayoral appointees.
One of the trustees fired by Katz, who wished to remain anonymous, called the move “politics at its worst.”
“I got a letter emailed to me today,” the former trustee said. “I’m not surprised. I’m okay. I’m not shocked; I was waiting for it.”
The firings came after a protracted battle over the tenure of library director Tom Galante, who drew fire after a smoking deck was built outside his office in the Central Library in Jamaica as well as revelations that he augmented his $400,000 salary with more than $200,000 in part-time pay from the Elmont, L.I., school district.
Lawmakers reacted strongly and recently enacted legislation gave politicians the power to summarily remove board members.