Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Bruce Blakeman have announced that on August 4th the Hempstead Town Board passed a resolution which will provide residents of the North Malverne Library District an opportunity to vote in a special election to choose a host library for library services. The library district is comprised of residents who live in certain areas of North Malverne.
“As the contract with the current host library will expire on December 31, 2015, New York State law requires that a special election be called to approve a new contract and an associated budget with a host library,” said Murray. “We are committed to ensuring that residents continue to enjoy all of the educational, cultural and social benefits that go along with having full library services.”
The special election will take place on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 9 p.m. Only persons who are registered to vote with the Board of Elections and who live in the North Malverne Library District will be eligible to vote. Registered voters will receive notification by mail with details regarding the vote, including the associated contract budget.
On September 3rd, residents of the North Malverne Library District will have an opportunity to consider a three-year contract and budget with the Malverne Public Library with a 2016 budget of $21,717.16. That figure will be adjusted during the contract period for cost of living. Special election expenses not to exceed $10,000 shall be added to the district’s budget.
Residents of the North Malverne Library District should vote at their regular polling station at the Maurice Downing School located at 55 Lindner Place in Malverne.
“The approval of a library funding district for 2016 through 2018 will afford residents continuing access to borrowing privileges and all of the other library services and benefits that they have received since the library district was first established in 2004,” said Blakeman.
Absentee ballots are available from the Office of the Town Attorney by contacting Deputy Town Attorney Eugene Ferencik at (516) 489-5000, extension 3202. Any questions about the library referendum may be addressed to Councilman Blakeman’s office at (516) 812-3523.