By Jonathan Sperling
A Douglaston resident is the newest member of the Queens Library’s board of trustees, Borough President Melinda Katz announced on Friday.
Attorney Pauline Healy, who has served as the director of agency standards at New York Life Insurance Company’s Melville, NY office since May 2015, will be responsible for ensuring the office’s compliance with the company’s rules and with state and federal laws, according to Katz.
“Having spent most of my life as a Queens resident and frequent patron of the Queens Libraries, both for myself and my daughter, I'm thankful that Borough President Katz has appointed me to the Queens Library Board of Trustees,” said Healy.
Healy, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University in 1987 and a juris doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1993, joined the New York Life Insurance Company in 1996 and worked there until 2002, at which time she joined the AXA Equitable insurance company.
“I'm committed to using my legal background and business and communication skills to ensure that the Queens Library is governed with transparency and fiscal soundness, so that it may continue to provide quality service to the diverse residents of Queens who rely on their Libraries to provide a vast array not only of books and other media, but of educational, cultural and community programs,” said Healy.
She returned to New York Life as a Senior Agency Standards Consultant in 2012 and became Director of Agency Standards in May 2015.
Healy has also served as board president and legal chair of the Douglas Manor Association from 2012 to 2014. Her responsibilities there included presiding over community meetings, negotiating contracts, addressing community concerns, settling legal disputes and overseeing the content of the association’s newsletters and other publications, according to Katz.
“Pauline Healy is a skilled and conscientious attorney who will be a valuable addition to the Queens Library Board,” said Katz. “Ms. Healy brings with her a wealth of experience that will help enhance the governance and efficacy of our borough’s beloved public library system,” she added.