Murray and Santino Announce Bay Park Library District Vote

Supervisor Kate Murray and Senior Councilman Anthony Santino have announced that on August 4th the Hempstead Town Board passed a resolution which will provide residents of the Bay Park 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 Bay Park.

“As the contract with the East Rockaway Public Library, the 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 Bay Park 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 Bay Park Library District will have an opportunity to consider a four-year contract and budget with the East Rockaway Public Library with a 2016 budget of $214,567.50. That figure will be adjusted during the contract period for cost of living. Special election expenses of approximately $10,000 shall be added to the district’s budget.

Residents of the Bay Park Library District should vote at their regular polling station located at the Rhame Avenue School, 100 Rhame Avenue in East Rockaway,

“The approval of a library funding district for 2016 through 2019 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 2000,” said Santino.

Absentee ballots are available from the Office of the Town Attorney by contacting Deputy Town Attorney Eugene Ferencik at (516) 812-3202. Any questions about the library referendum may be addressed Councilman Santino’s office at (516) 812-3200.