Thank you for your support in our 2016 Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election.
The budget vote passed with 113 “Yes” votes vs. 12 “No” votes. Incumbent Diane Arcieri was re-elected to serve on the Board of Trustees with 114 votes. Longtime library volunteer and write-in candidate Cecelia M. Lillard was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees with 33 votes.
Push this button to go to the New York State Board of Elections Voter Registration page. There you will find options for registration including online and printed registration forms. It is also possible to register at the Florida Union Free School District offices up until March 23 at 4 p.m., which allows you to vote only in School District elections, including the Florida Public Library vote.
Push this button to open up an Application for an Absentee Ballot that you can print, fill out and bring to the library. Please note deadlines in the timeline below.
FPL Timeline for 2016 Annual Vote & Trustee Election
Wednesday, February 17, 10 a.m. – Petitions for Trustee candidates to get on the April 7 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.
Wednesday, March 2, 5 p.m. – Petitions for Trustee candidates must be returned to FPL by this deadline. Ballot positions of candidates will be
drawn on Thursday, March 3 at 5 p.m. by the Election Clerk.
Monday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. – Special Information Meeting on the 2016-2017 proposed Library Budget.
Thursday, March 10, 5 p.m. – Candidates submit completed Questionnaire to the Library by this date.
Wednesday, March 23, 4 p.m. – Voters who wish to register at Florida Union Free School District must do so by 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 31, 8 p.m. – Deadline to submit an application for an Absentee Ballot if the Ballot is to be mailed to the voter.
Wednesday, April 6, 5 p.m. – Deadline to submit an application for an Absentee Ballot if the Ballot is to be obtained personally by the voter.
Thursday, April 7 – 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(s) will be notified by the FPL Election Clerk.
Click HERE to see Cecelia M. Lillard’s Letter to the Editor as submitted to WV Dispatch & Warwick Advertiser
Press Release on Florida Public Library 2016 Annual Vote & Trustee Election for publication in Warwick Valley Dispatch, Warwick Advertiser, Goshen Independent Republican, and Times Herald-Record
Florida Public Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election will take place on Thursday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the library. All registered voters in the Florida Union Free School District are eligible to vote. Absentee ballots are available until April 6. Copies of the budget are available at the circulation desk or online at www.floridapubliclibrary.org
Two propositions will be on the ballot: approval of a tax levy of $428,350 for the annual operation of the library and the election of two trustees for three-year terms. The proposed tax levy is an increase of $18,447 over the current year. Estimated 2016-2017 tax rates per $1,000 of assessed property value are $5.28 for the Town of Warwick, an increase of .23, and $1.21 for the Town of Goshen, an increase of .05.
The open seats on the library board, with terms commencing July 1, are those of Diane Arcieri and William Kelemen. Candidates for the two seats are Arcieri, currently serving as President of the Board, and longtime library volunteer Cecelia M. Lillard who has announced her candidacy as a write-in candidate. (See Letters to the Editor.) Candidate profiles may also be found on the library’s website.
In addition to the vote, several events will take place at FPL on Election Day. At 11 a.m., the ScienceTellers will present Dragons & Dreams, a family storytelling program especially geared for ages 2-5 that will demonstrate shifting states of matter, fog, smoke-filled bubbles and dragon’s breath created from dry ice. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is now open online or by phone. Later that day from 6-8 p.m., the Florida Music Showcase will feature the S.S. Seward Select Choir, led by Mr. Visconti, and a variety of performances by talented local musicians. Listeners of all ages are invited to stop by for music and refreshments.
For more information on FPL’s Election Day or programs for all ages, drop by the library, visit online at floridapubliclibrary.org or call Director Madelyn Folino at 845-651-7659.