Florida Public Library’s budget for 2021-2022 was approved by the voters on Thursday, April 8. Three incumbent trustees were also reelected. Stella Kosior, Laura Fernandez and Ronald Kamrowski were reelected to full three-year terms. Board newcomer Tyler Carey won a one-year term. Library Director Madelyn Folino said “We are grateful for the support of the community!”
Election Day: April 8 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 April 1 at 3 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 2021 Annual Vote & Trustee Election
Wednesday, February 24, 10:00 a.m.
- Petitions for Trustee candidates to get on the April 8 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 1, 6:30 p.m.
- Virtual Special Information Meeting on the 2021-2022 proposed Library Budget. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for link to this online meeting.
Monday, 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 Monday, March 8 at 5 p.m. by the Election Clerk. Slate of candidates will be posted on www.floridapubliclibrary.org and in the library.
Monday, March 15, 5:00 p.m.
- Candidates submit completed Questionnaire to the Library by this date.
Wednesday, March 25, 3:00 p.m.
- Voters who wish to register at Florida Union Free School District must do so by 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 1, 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 7, 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 8
- 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.
April 8, 2021 – Florida Public Library Budget Passed and Trustees Elected
Florida Public Library’s budget for 2021-2022 was approved by the voters on Thursday, April 8. The proposed tax levy of $493,127 received 115 YES votes and 26 NO votes. Three incumbent trustees were also reelected. Stella Kosior (121 votes), Laura Fernandez (120 votes) and Ronald Kamrowski (119 votes) were reelected to full three-year terms. Board newcomer Tyler Carey received 117 votes to win a one-year term. Write-in votes were received for Marie Adams (1), Lee Maas (1), Maria Martinez (1) and M. Mouse (1.) Library Director Madelyn Folino said “We are grateful for the support of the community and are committed to helping our residents register so that they are able to vote in every election. There are several ways to register and library staff are happy to help. If you didn’t vote this time, don’t let another year go by without being registered. The close vote of our trustee election certainly shows that every vote counts.”
March 24 and 26, 2021 – Second Press Release for FPL Annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election.
The Florida Public Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election will be held in the library on Thursday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. All registered voters in the Florida Union Free School District are eligible to vote. The library is located at 4 Cohen Circle behind Village Hall. Voters are directed to enter the back door and exit the side door. Face masks and social distancing are required within the library. Applications for absentee ballots are available at the front desk or on the library’s website at www.floridapubliclibrary.org under News on the menu bar.
The ballot will contain two propositions, one for the library’s proposed budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year and one for the election of four trustees to the board. A tax levy of $493,127 is offered for voters’ approval. This represents an increase of 1.45% or a total of $7,069. Estimated tax rates are an increase of 2 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to $1.38 for the Town of Goshen and 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to $5.97 for the Town of Warwick.
Three incumbent trustees and one newcomer are running for the four open seats on the library board. Vice President Ronald Kamrowski, Secretary Laura Fernandez and Trustee Stella Kosior will be joined by Tyler Carey on the ballot. Three seats are for full 3-year terms and one seat will be a 1-year term to finish out the balance of former trustee Cecelia Lillard’s term. The top three vote getters will secure the full terms.
Ron Kamrowski is a lifelong resident of the Village of Florida, a graduate of St. Joseph’s School, John S. Burke and SUNY Buffalo where he earned a BS in Economics and Philosophy. He is retired from a long career in management with Big V/ShopRite, Stop & Shop and Gillette Creamery. He has attended numerous advocacy events for public libraries during his term, uses FPL on a daily basis and still marvels at the ease with which books, CDs and movies can be ordered through Inter-Library Loan. He believes the library needs to expand its size and offerings and would like to continue to use his finance and computer skills toward those goals
Laura Fernandez has lived in Florida for 45 years and is running for her second term on the board. Her three sons graduated from S.S. Seward and she is a graduate of SUNY Orange. Her career in the Orange County Department of Social Services allowed her to work closely with people who were facing difficult challenges and she helped to connect them to information and resources. She is an avid reader, skilled in team building and problem solving and has taught herself French since her retirement in 2017. She appreciates the excellent readers advisory help from library staff and sees an expansion of online learning in FPL’s future.
Stella Kosior was the library’s appointed Treasurer for fifteen years before being elected to the board. She is a longtime Florida resident and graduated from St. Joseph’s School, S.S. Seward and Krissler Business Institute with a business diploma. She is a member of St. Joseph’s Church and its Living Rosary Society. She retired from Modern Produce Farms, Inc. as head bookkeeper after 50 years with this local business. She is proud of the library’s educational programming for all ages in the community and uses her finance skills on the board.
Tyler Carey and wife, Marlene, have lived in Florida since 2008 and their three young children attend local schools. He studied writing in college and has worked in publishing and technology. Since 2014, he has worked for an employee-owned company that edits and typesets books for publishers. He volunteers as a Cub Scout den leader, in professional publishing groups and for FPL’s Dungeon & Dragons online group via Zoom. His whole family uses the library and he continues to be impressed by how much FPL offers within and beyond its small physical footprint. He would like to see an expansion of everything the library does to meet community needs.
For information on the vote, please call the library at (845) 651-7659.
February 17 and 19, 2021 – First Press Release on Florida Public Library 2021 Annual Vote & Trustee Election.
The Florida Public Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 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 a proposition for the library’s operating budget and the election of four trustees for terms commencing July 1. Three terms are for three years and one term is for one year. The open seats are those of incumbents Laura Fernandez, Ron Kamrowski, Cecelia Lillard and Stella Kosior. The 2021-2022 proposed tax levy for voters’ approval is $493,127 which represents an increase of $7,069 over the current year. Copies of the budget are available in the library and a special information meeting on the budget will be held online Monday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. To receive the link to attend the virtual meeting, email email@example.com
Petitions for candidates interested in placing their names on the ballot will be available at the library on Wednesday, February 24 and must be returned by 5 p.m. on Monday, 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.
The library is temporarily closed for cleaning due to a staff member testing positive for Covid-19. It will reopen on February 22. Voter registration forms will be available then 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, call 651-7659, or visit www.floridapubliclibrary.org. Library hours are: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12 noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday.