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 North Lynbrook 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 Lynbrook.
“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 with a host library, including an associated budget,” said Supervisor 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 Lynbrook Library District will be eligible to vote. Voting will take place the regular polling place of district residents, the Howard T. Herber Middle School located at 75 Ocean Avenue in Malverne. Registered voters will receive notification by mail with details regarding the vote, including the contract budget for the participating library.
On September 3rd, residents of the North Lynbrook Library District will have an opportunity to select their host library from a choice of two libraries: Lynbrook Public Library (2016 budget of $66,243.38) and Malverne Public Library (2016 budget of $49,882.76). Registered voters in the district may only vote in favor of one host library. The Hempstead Town Board will then award a three-year contract with the library which receives the most votes from district residents. The selection of the host library will also approve the associated first year budget for the contract. The 2016 budget 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.
“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 Santino.
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 Santino’s office at (516) 812-3200.