2018 Budget Vote & Trustee Election

2018 Budget Vote & Trustee Election 2018-04-10T17:19:46-04:00
The Florida Public Library held its annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election on Thursday, April 5.   The Library’s budget passed with 123 YES votes and 31 NO votes.  Incumbent trustee Ronald Kamrowski, newcomer Laura Fernandez and write-in candidate Stella Kosior  were each elected to a three-year term on the Library’s Board of Trustees. The library would like to thank the community for its support.

 Election Day:  April 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Florida Public Library

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 21 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 2018 Annual Vote & Trustee Election

Wednesday, February 21, 10:00 a.m.

  • Petitions for Trustee candidates to get on the April 5 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.

Monday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.

  • Special Information Meeting on the 2018-2019 proposed Library Budget.

Friday, March 9, 5:00 p.m.         

  • Petitions for Trustee candidates must be returned to FPL by this deadline. Ballot positions of candidates will be drawn on Monday, March 12 at 5 p.m. by the Election Clerk.

Thursday, March 14, 5:00 p.m.

  • Candidates submit completed Questionnaire to the Library by this date.

Wednesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m.

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

Thursday, March 29, 8:00 p.m.     

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

Wednesday, April 4, 5:00 p.m.

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

Thursday, April 5

  • 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 the 2018 – 2019 Proposed Budget

Click HERE to see the 2018 Legal Notice

March 26, 2018 – Second Press Release on Florida Public Library 2018 Annual Vote & Trustee Election for publication in Warwick Valley Dispatch, Warwick Advertiser, Goshen Independent Republican, and The Florida Focus

Florida Public Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election will take place on Thursday, April 5 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 4. 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 $459,140 for the annual operation of the library and the election of three trustees. The proposed tax levy is an increase of $15,200 over the current year. Estimated 2018-2019 tax rates per $1,000 of assessed property value are $5.62 for the Town of Warwick, an increase of .16, and $1.30 for the Town of Goshen, an increase of .04.

The open seats on the library board, with terms commencing July 1, are those of Alfred Beers, Lee Maas and Ronald Kamrowski. Candidates for the three seats are incumbent Kamrowski, Laura Fernandez and write-in candidate Stella Kosior.  All three seats are for three-year terms commencing July 1.

Ron Kamrowski is a lifelong resident of Florida. He is a graduate of John S. Burke and SUNY Buffalo and is retired from a long career with ShopRite. Laura Fernandez has lived in Florida for 40 years and is retired from Orange County Social Services where she honed her skills in problem-solving and customer service in a 25-year career. Stella Kosior is also a Florida native and a member of the S.S. Seward Alumni Association. She recently retired from Modern Produce where she was office manager for many years. She currently serves as FPL’s appointed Treasurer.

In addition to the vote, several other events will take place at FPL on Election Day. At 10:30 a.m., ScienceTellers will visit for a family program especially geared for preschoolers, but open to all ages. “Pirates: Lost at Sea” will explore the science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, shifting states of matter and more. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

From 4-6 p.m., FPL’s 3D printer will be working and on display for STEAM lovers of all ages to drop by, observe and have their questions answered by a library staff member.  In the evening from 6-8 p.m., An Evening with Marc Mathelier will feature the guitarist in a solo performance of songs ranging from classical jazz to new age. Listeners are invited to stop by for music and refreshments in our café set up in the children’s room. Registration for programs is now open online or by phone.

For more information on FPL’s Election Day or programs for all ages, visit the library, go online at www.floridapubliclibrary.org or call Director Madelyn Folino at 845-651-7659.

Feb. 21, 2018 – First Press Release on Florida Public Library 2018 Annual Vote & Trustee Election for publication in Warwick Valley Dispatch, Warwick Advertiser, Goshen Independent Republican, The Florida Focus, and Times Herald-Record

The Florida Public Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in 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 three trustees for terms commencing July 1.  The terms are for three years. The open seats are those of incumbents Alfred Beers, Lee Maas and Ronald Kamrowski. The 2018-2019 proposed tax levy for voters’ approval is $459,140 which represents an increase of $15,200 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 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Petitions for candidates interested in placing their names on the ballot will be available at the library on Wednesday, February 21 and must be returned by 5 p.m. on March 9.  Qualified candidates must be 18 years of age and residents of the Florida school district.  For more information on the volunteer position of the trustee, please contact director Madelyn Folino or consult the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State which can be found in the library’s reference collection.

Voter registration forms are available in the library now and absentee ballot applications will be available  on March 13.  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.