Florida Public Library’s budget for 2019-2020 was approved by the voters on Thursday, April 4. The proposed tax levy of $472,458 received 119 YES votes and 24 NO votes. Three incumbent trustees were also reelected. Diane Arcieri (126 votes) and Cecelia Lillard (120 votes) were reelected to full three-year terms. Board newcomer Kevin Lundell received 113 votes to win a one-year term. Write-in votes were received for Tom Chevrier (2), Lori Coleman Whitmore (1), Stella Kosior (1) and Nancy Scott (1.) Kosior and Scott already serve as library trustees. 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.”

 Election Day:  April 4 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 20 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 2019 Annual Vote & Trustee Election

Wednesday, February 20, 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 4, 7:30 p.m.

  • Special Information Meeting on the 2019-2020 proposed Library Budget.

Friday, 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 Friday, March 8 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 20, 3:00 p.m.

  • Voters who wish to register at Florida Union Free School District must do so by 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 28, 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 3, 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 4

  • 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 2019 – 2020 Proposed Budget

Click HERE to see the 2019 Legal Notice

February 20, 2019 – Press Release on Florida Public Library 2019 Annual Vote & Trustee Election.

The Florida Public Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 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 three trustees for terms commencing July 1.  Two terms are for three years and one term is for one year. The open seats are those of incumbents Diane Arcieri, Cecelia Lillard and Kevin Lundell, who was appointed to William Kelemen’s seat when he resigned from the board in December 2018. The 2019-2020 proposed tax levy for voters’ approval is $472,458 which represents an increase of $13,318 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 4 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 20 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 February 20.  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. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12 noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

March 25, 2019 – Second Press Release on Florida Public Library Vote.

Residents of the Florida Public Library district will go to the polls on Thursday, April 4 for the library’s annual budget vote and trustee election. All registered voters in the Florida Union Free School District are eligible to vote. The vote will take place at the library from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Absentee ballot applications are available online at www.floridapubliclibrary.org  and at the library.

Two propositions will be on the ballot: one for the library’s operating budget for 2019-2020 and one for the election of three trustees. The proposed tax levy is $472,458 which represents a total increase of $13,318 over the current year. Estimated tax rates are $1.31 for the Town of Goshen, an increase of 6 cents per thousand and $5.80 for the Town of Warwick, an increase of 15 cents per thousand. “This budget is as lean as it can be” said Library Director Madelyn Folino. “Our board wisely decided to think ahead and tackle the issue of the coming $15 minimum wage through incremental increases now rather than waiting for it to hit all at once in a few years. We continue to be ‘green’ and save dollars through an upgrade to LED lighting last year.  We are especially fortunate to have skilled volunteers who donate their services to maintain the building, as well as the Friends of the FPL who support our programs through funds raised at their used book sales and the Annual Spring Tea.”

Three trustee seats are up for election to new terms commencing July 1. Two seats are for full three-year terms and one for one year, the balance of Bill Kelemen’s term. Three incumbents, President Cecelia Lillard, Vice President Diane Arcieri and Kevin Lundell, appointed to replace Kelemen, are all running. The two highest vote getters will secure the three-year terms.

Diane Arcieri has lived in Florida for over thirty years and is retired from a long career in human resources management and organizational development. She has a B.A. in Spanish from Hunter College and a master’s degree in Human Resources Education from Fordham University. In addition to her service on FPL’s board as a past Secretary, Vice President and President and as the current Vice President, she also led the development of Florida’s long-range plan and is a trustee on the Ramapo Catskill Library System board of trustees. She states “I am seeking another three-year term to be an active partner in providing new and innovative ways to stimulate and meet the needs of Florida’s growing population. The library is a community jewel known for the friendliness you feel when you enter its doors, as well as its programs and events that allow children and adults to find their voice and creativity. I want to support its future growth and help maintain it as the ‘go to’ place for the community.”

Cecelia Lillard has lived in Florida for 27 years and is the owner of two local businesses: an architectural design and drafting business and one as a licensed massage therapist. She holds an A.S. in Biology, an A.A.S. in Architectural Technologies, a B.A. in Psychology and a Professional Diploma from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She is a certified Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension and serves on their Advisory Committee. She enjoys presenting programs as well as working in community gardens and teaching people the value of gardening. For FPL, in addition to serving as Vice President, and President since December, she has presented many gardening and cooking programs and supervised the Tween Club in building the Little Free Library installed on Roe Brothers’ front porch. She states “My favorite thing about the library is how welcoming and friendly it is. Staff are always ready to help with any questions I have. Thanks to my career in architecture, I bring expertise in planning and navigating the process of looking at a building expansion.”

Kevin Lundell was appointed to the library board in December. He’s a lifelong Orange County resident and a graduate of Goshen High School. He has a background in internet technology and currently works for The Valley Hospital as a System Analyst in their Information System Department. He lives in Florida with his wife, Nicolle, and has three daughters, two of whom attend Golden Hill Elementary School. He is completing a second year as PTA President and also serves on a NYS PTA Governance Team focusing on male involvement. For the FUFSD, he serves on the District Advisory Team and recently joined the Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition to work with youth. He states “I feel that we are at a very important time in the library’s history. As we grow, so can our programs, technology and services. I am an advocate for kids and want to continue to provide a positive experience at the library for all. We have such a special facility and I am proud to see it grow and be successful.”

In addition to the vote, FPL will also feature three programs on Election Day. At 10:30 a.m., the weekly Understanding Technology session will feature “Wi-Fi and Data Networks.” At 2 p.m., Matthew Cantello will present “Sound Explorers,” a program on the scientific principles of sound that is geared for ages 2-5, but open to all. Bring a percussion instrument or something out of the home recycling bin to make noise and have fun. The library welcomes back guitarist Marc Mathelier who will play a variety of songs from classical jazz to New Age from 6-8 p.m. Adults are invited to drop into the music café to sit, listen and enjoy the relaxing music with coffee, tea and homemade desserts. The library is located at 4 Cohen Circle behind Village Hall. For more information on the election or programs, please call (845) 651-7659 or visit the library’s website.