Florida Public Library

(845) 651-7659

Florida Public Library
4 Cohen Circle
Florida, NY 10921-1514

Budget Passed & Trustees are Elected

The Florida Public Library held its annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election on Thursday, April 3.   The Library’s budget passed with 105 YES votes and 24 NO votes.  Incumbent trustees Nancy B. Scott and Beth Harcum-Pskowski were re-elected, each to a three-year term on the Library’s Board of Trustees. We would like to thank the community for your support!

FPL Budget Vote & Trustee Election Press Release

The Florida Public Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library at 4 Cohen Circle, Florida.  The library is a school district public library, sharing the same geographical boundaries as the Florida Union Free School district.

Included on the ballot will be the proposition for the library’s operating budget and the election of two trustees for three-year terms with terms commencing July 1.  Incumbents Beth Pskowski and Nancy Scott will run once again for the two trustee seats. The 2014-2015 proposed tax levy for voters’ approval is $386,090 which represents an increase of $28,340 over the current year.  Copies of the budget are available in the library and a special information meeting on the budget will be held on Monday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Absentee ballot applications are available in the library, as are voter registration forms.  Eligible voters must be registered either with the school or with the county Board of Elections for the general election.  For more information on the vote, visit the library any time or call 651-7659.  Library hours are: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12 noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be two special programs on Thursday, April 3. In the morning, families with young children are invited to a Musical Magical Singalong Show with Marcia the Moose at 10 a.m.  In the evening from 7 to 8 p.m., adults and teens are invited to enjoy a house concert with jazz guitarist Larry Newcomb. Larry holds a Ph.D. in Music and works full-time performing blues & jazz in clubs and restaurants in New York City and Orange County. He founded the Newcomb Guitar Method in 1985 and enthusiastically teaches and encourages guitar students of all ages, experience levels and stylistic preferences at Newcomb Guitar School in the Morningside Heights Columbia University Community. He is also the Director of Guitar Ensembles at Our Lady of Pompeii School in New York City. In May, Larry Newcomb will hold a Masters of Blues, Rock & Jazz Guitar workshop for adults at the Florida Public Library.


Annual Election Timeline

Wednesday, February 12, 10 a.m.  

Petitions for Trustee candidates to get on the April 3 ballot are available at FPL.  (25 signatures are required to secure a place on the ballot. Candidates are advised to get extra signatures in case some are not accepted.)

Applications for Absentee Ballots will be available.

Note: Absentee Ballots will be mailed to all voters regularly receiving them per Orange County Board of Elections’ list.


Friday, Feb. 28, 5 p.m. 

Petitions for Trustee candidates must be returned to FPL by this deadline.


Monday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.  

Special Information Meeting on the 2014-2015 proposed Library Budget.

At the Board of Trustees meeting, ballot positions of candidates will be determined. All candidates will be notified of the date and time of the meeting.


Thursday, March 6, 5 p.m.        

Candidates submit completed Questionnaire to the Library by this date.


Wednesday, March 19, 4 p.m.  

Voters who wish to register at Florida Union Free School District must do so by 4 p.m.


Thursday, March 27, 8 p.m.  

Deadline to submit an application for an Absentee Ballot if the Ballot is to be mailed to the voter.


Wednesday, April 2, 8 p.m.     

Deadline to submit an application for an Absentee Ballot if the Ballot is to be obtained personally by the voter.


Thursday, April 3           –          Election Day at the Library

Polls open at 9 a.m.

Absentee Ballots must be received by 5 p.m.

Polls close at 9 p.m.

Paper ballots are counted by election inspectors.

Winning candidate will be notified by the FPL Election Clerk.