Fall 2006

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From the Editor's Desk

Sam Patton, TRUSTEE Editor

Fall 2006 issue of Trustee

The two most interesting library news bits for me were right here in Dutchess County.  First was the announcement by Senator Steven Saland of a major Legislative Grant to be shared among sixteen libraries in this area.  The grants ranged from $8,866 for the Tivoli Free Library to $41,622 for the Greater Poughkeepsie Library District, and totaled $238,200.  At the press conference in Poughkeepsie, Senator Saland commented, “As Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, I am extremely pleased to have led the fight to increase funding to libraries and as a result, helped secure $2,265,332 in the 2006-2007 state budget for the Mid-Hudson Public Library System, and an additional $238,200 for technology and capital improvements for local libraries.”

NYLA Executive Director Michael J. Borges also thanked the Senator for his efforts to help get a nearly $20 million increase in state aid for library services across the state.

Speaking on behalf of NYSALB, and of course, our own library, I also had a chance to thank the Senator for his efforts on behalf of libraries in New York and in our own area.

The second event was the result of the long anticipated effort to change our local library from a Free Association Library to a Special Legislative District.  We have enjoyed a very good relationship with our Town officials, who have supported the library  well.  But in recent years there have been severe financial strains on the Town, primarily in costs of benefits to employees and retirees, as well as constant inflation in the cost of town services.  In two of the recent several years, we have received no increase in Town funding.  So this spring, we asked the Town to enact legislation supporting this effort, which they did.  And, with the  support of both Senator Saland and Assemblyman Pat Manning, the needed legislation was passed in Albany, and signed (just before the deadline) by Governor Pataki.  We conducted the vote, and though voter turnout was less than we hoped, the proposition was passed by a four to one margin, giving us an increase of four percent over the prior year town support.  We also elected nine board members, seven of them incumbents of the Association Library Board, and two new to the board, though well known in our library community.
At the NYSALB Board meeting in Albany, we elected two new Trustees.  The first is Arnold E. Elman from the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, in the Southern Adirondack System.  He is a retired teacher of English, Principal and Superintendent of Schools (in both Connecticut and New York).  He is currently on the Board of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, and of the Southern Adirondack Library Sustem. The second is Sally O. Swierczek from the Dunham Public Library, in the Mid-York System.  She has an undergraduate degree from Russell Sage College, and a Master’s degree from Syracuse University.  She has served on her local board from 1978 to the present.

We welcome them both.

Please reserve the dates for the 2007 Trustee Institute.  You can find out more in another story in this Newsletter.  It promises to be a very special event, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Queens next spring.

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