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 22 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 2017 Annual Vote & Trustee Election
Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.
- Petitions for Trustee candidates to get on the April 6 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 6, 7:30 p.m.
- Special Information Meeting on the 2017-2018 proposed Library Budget.
Wednesday, March 8, 5:00 p.m.
- Petitions for Trustee candidates must be returned to FPL by this deadline. Ballot positions of candidates will be drawn on Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. by the Election Clerk.
Thursday, March 15, 5:00 p.m.
- Candidates submit completed Questionnaire to the Library by this date.
Wednesday, March 22, 4:00 p.m.
- Voters who wish to register at Florida Union Free School District must do so by 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 30, 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 5, 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 6
- 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.
March, 22, 2017 – Second Press Release on Florida Public Library 2017 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 6 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 5. 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 $443,940 for the annual operation of the library and the election of three trustees. The proposed tax levy is an increase of $15,590 over the current year. Estimated 2017-2018 tax rates per $1,000 of assessed property value are $5.43 for the Town of Warwick, an increase of .19, and $1.25 for the Town of Goshen, an increase of .04.
The open seats on the library board, with terms commencing July 1, are those of Nancy Scott, William Kelemen and Beth Pskowski, who is retiring after five years’ service on the board due to work commitments. Candidates for the three seats are incumbents Scott and Kelemen and newcomer Lee Maas. Two seats are for full three-year terms and one seat is for a one-year term, the balance of Ian Murphy’s term (he moved from the district.) The candidate who receives the fewest votes will earn the one-year term.
Nancy Scott has lived in Florida for 35 years and is retired from Orange County’s Computer Information Systems Department. She has a B.A. degree in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh and an A.A. in Computer Information Systems from SUNY Orange. She has been a library trustee for eleven years and has served as Secretary and President. She also holds leadership positions in American Legion Auxiliary Post 1250, the Flor-Wick Friends and is an active member of the Seward-Mapes Homestead Restoration and the Friends of the FPL. Her favorite thing about the library is “the friendly and helpful staff and the wonderful programs for all ages.” As a trustee, she hopes to make the community more aware of all the library’s collections, programs and technology that are available free to all residents.
Bill Kelemen is a native of Florida who was elected to the library board in 2013 as its youngest trustee ever. He is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a B.A. degree in Psychology. He works for the Mental Health Association as a Medicaid Service Coordinator for individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition to helping with library fundraisers and book sales, he volunteers for the Orange County Helpline as an operator for crisis management, information and referrals to services in the county. Kelemen feels that he is a voice for younger patrons and brings their perspective to board deliberations, using communication and problem solving skills gained through his work. His favorite thing about the library is its accessibility and the ability to find books, movies and articles right in FPL, through inter-library loan or the Overdrive app. He says “If I can’t find it myself, the library staff is always happy to make it happen.” He hopes to encourage further outreach to non-users through efforts like the recent door-to-door campaign.
Lee Maas has lived in Florida since 1995 with his wife, Beth, and their three children. He is a native of Wisconsin whose 34-year career in the automotive industry has led him from Memphis to Knoxville to Buffalo to Detroit to Orange County. He is the Vice President of Development for Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC and is currently overseeing the expansion of its corporate headquarters in Mahwah. Maas has served as the financial secretary for the First Presbyterian Church for twelve years and is involved in the construction of the new Florida Community Food Pantry building. He has also coached Little League and Youth Soccer in Florida. He has a B.S. degree in Business and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina (Greensboro.) He looks forward to bringing his experience in finance, management and construction to FPL. He sees the library as one of the “crown jewels in the village,” serving as a meeting place and focal point for the community. His favorite thing about FPL is its bronze garden statue memorializing local teen and family friend Madeline Pillmeier who, he says “had a thirst for knowledge and loved the library.” Maas believes that “change will be the one constant” in how the library serves the community; he would like to be a leader in meeting that challenge.
In addition to the vote, several other events will take place at FPL on Election Day. At 10:30 a.m., a trio of animals from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum will visit for a family program especially geared for preschoolers, but open to all ages. The program will emphasize a conservation theme as children learn that wild animals are not pets and must be protected in their habitats. 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. 22, 2017 – First Press Release on Florida Public Library 2017 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 6, 2017 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 three trustees for terms commencing July 1. Two terms are for three years and one term is for one year. The candidate receiving the fewest votes will earn the one year term. The open seats are those of incumbents Beth Pskowski, William Kelemen and Nancy Scott. The 2017-2018 proposed tax levy for voters’ approval is $443,940 which represents an increase of $15,590 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 6 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 22 and must be returned by 5 p.m. on March 8. 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 9. 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.