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Woodstock, West Hurley Libraries hold votes on budgets, trustees

by Paul Smart
August 25, 2011 11:22 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thursday, September 1, is key for those who love reading in our area…at least if they live in West Hurley or Woodstock. It’s when voters will head to their respective libraries in each community to elect new board trustees and vote on proposed budgets for the coming year.

In Woodstock, a proposed $534,963 budget, representing a 0.65 percent rise from last year, and a two percent increase in the amount needing to be raised by taxes, will be voted on between the hours of noon and 10 p.m. at the Woodstock Library. Two incumbents, Doris Goldberg and Barry Miller, are running for three open trustee seats, with the final slot expected to be appointed unless a write-in candidate emerges.

In the past week, a slight change has been made for voting hours in the West Hurley Public Library District, per a legal change made up in Albany last week to address the library’s charter…something only the state can handle.

Whereas polling hours at the library had been limited to a 7 p.m.-10 p.m. three hour slot, they will now stretch from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., per a bill that received Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature before becoming official.

“Over the years, the late polling hours at the West Hurley Library has deterred many people from coming out and voting,” said Assemblyman Kevin Cahill in a press release on the matter sent out by his office.  “By changing the time in which the polls are open to more reasonable hours, residents will be more likely to stop off on their way home from work or running errands to cast their vote during the library’s annual election.”  

Additionally, the amendment provides the West Hurley Library Board with the option to expand the number of trustees to up to eleven individuals, if deemed necessary.

The proposed 2012 operating budget up for a vote in West Hurley, at $184,812, represents a five percent rise over the current year’s spending plan. There are four candidates for five open board positions up for election, including Abby Gross, Robert Hoffman Jr., and Dan Smith seeking reelection, and Rebecca Federspiel campaigning for the slot she’s filled over recent months as a board appointee.++

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