April 9, 2015 Florida Public Library Budget Passed and Trustees Elected

The Florida Public Library held its annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election on Thursday, April 9. The Library’s budget passed with 100 YES votes and 19 NO votes. Incumbent trustee Ian Murphy was re-elected and newcomers Elizabeth L. Patton and Alfred M. Beers were elected, each to a three-year term on the Library’s Board of Trustees. The library would like to thank the community for their support.

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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 25 at 4 p.m., which allows you to vote only in School District elections, including the Florida Public Library vote.

 

 

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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.

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Second Press Release on Florida Public Library 2015 Annual Vote & Trustee Election for publication in Warwick Valley Dispatch, Warwick Advertiser, Goshen Independent Republican, and Times Herald-Record – March 23, 2015

Florida Public Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election will take place on Thursday, April 9 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 8. Copies of the budget are available at the circulation desk.

Two propositions will be on the ballot: approval of a tax levy of $409,903 for the annual operation of the library and the election of three trustees for three-year terms. The open seats, with terms commencing July 1, are those of Ian Murphy, Adam Fernandez and Sheryl Linton. Candidates for the three seats are Murphy and newcomers Alfred Beers and Elizabeth Patton.

Ian update 2013Ian Murphy has served on the board of trustees since 2008 and is completing his third year as president. He previously served as secretary and vice-president. He has lived in Goshen for ten years with his wife and two sons. A native of the Chicago area, he is a graduate of Gettysburg College and is employed at the Monroe Free Library as the head of information technology and of public relations. He volunteers at the Friends of the FPL’s book sales and has also been involved in local theater and radio. He looks forward to helping the library expand its physical presence while maintaining its unique hometown character.

Al BeersAlfred (Al) Beers has been an active library user since 1987 when his family moved to the Village of Florida. He holds a degree in Marketing from Northeastern University and is a local realtor, as well as the owner of Healthy Home Cleaning & Restoration and is certified in mold detection and remediation. He has served as a member of the Florida Fun Fest Committee and is currently on the board of directors of Crystal Run Village in Middletown. He plans to bring a practical business perspective to the library board, using his marketing expertise, and wants to keep FPL a community center on the cutting edge of technology.

Leigh PattonElizabeth Patton, known as Leigh, moved to Florida four years ago with her husband and two young daughters. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Fordham University and an M.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Queens College. She has taught many different grade levels and presently works as a Pre-K teacher in the Valley Central school district. She is passionate about education and feels that having a strong public library that meets the needs of children and families is a vital component in a child’s education. When considering a move to Florida from New York City, the first place her family visited was the public library. She loves “the amazing programs offered at FPL and the 3D printer is very cool!” She wants to see the library continue to integrate the latest information technology into each patron’s library experience.

For more information on FPL’s Election Day, drop by the library, visit online at floridapubliclibrary.org or call Director Madelyn Folino at 845-651-7659.

 

 

Press Release on Florida Public Library 2015 Annual Vote & Trustee Election for publication in Warwick Valley Dispatch, Warwick Advertiser, Goshen Independent Republican, and Times Herald-Record

The Florida Public Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 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 three-year terms with terms commencing July 1.  The open seats are those of incumbents Ian Murphy, Adam Fernandez and Sheryl Linton. The 2015-2016 proposed tax levy for voters’ approval is $409,903 which represents an increase of $23,813 over the current year.  Estimated tax rates per $1,000 of assessed valuation are $1.13 for the Town of Goshen, in increase of seven cents, and $5.06 for the Town of Warwick, an increase of 30 cents. Copies of the budget are available in the library and a special information meeting on the budget will be held on Monday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Petitions for candidates interested in placing their names on the ballot are available at the library now and must be returned by 5 p.m. on March 4.  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.

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.

 

FPL Timeline for 2015 Annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election

Wednesday, February 18, 10 a.m.      –          Petitions for Trustee candidates to get on the April 9 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 2, 7:30 p.m.              –          Special Information Meeting on the 2015-2016 proposed Library Budget.

Wednesday, March 4, 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 5 at 5 p.m. by the Election Clerk.

Thursday, March 12, 5 p.m.                –          Candidates submit completed Questionnaire to the Library by this date.

Wednesday, March 25, 4 p.m.            –          Voters who wish to register at Florida Union Free School District must do so by 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 2, 8 p.m.                    –          Deadline to submit an application for an Absentee Ballot if the Ballot is to be mailed to the voter.

Wednesday, April 8, 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 9                                –          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.

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2014 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!

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2014 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.

 

2014 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.

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