Piermont voters will elect three trustees for the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 4. For the fifth consecutive year, voters will not have to approve the operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year since it does not exceed this year's budget.
The vote will take place at the library, and the poll will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. At present, the candidates for the three trustee positions, each of which carries a three-year term, are:
Danial Clark, who is seeking a first term.
Judith Epstein, who is running for a first full term after serving an unexpired term.
Anna Hickey, who is seeking a fourth term.
The total expenses for fiscal year 2014-15 are budgeted at $327,870, of which the Village will fund $275,000, same as for this year. The remaining money comes from the South Orangetown Central School district and contributions. A copy of the budget is available for review at the library,
Among the candidates this year, Clark is running to become the newest of the 9-member Board of Trustees. A resident of Piermont for 20 years, he is a journalist with the Reuters News Service.
Epstein, a retired teacher in the East Ramapo School District, is a longtime volunteer for the library and leads a toddlers' story time. She has lived in the Village for 12 years.
Hickey, a longtime Village resident, worked for the state and county judicial system for 40 years and was well-known as Commissioner of Jurors. She is a past president of the library board,
Even though the amount of money contributed by the Village has remained steady over the past four years, the staff, book and other collections, services, and events have increased considerably. The library's holdings include new releases of adult and children's books, movies and music as well as ebooks, digital audiobooks and downloadable music. Patrons can also access over 540 online continuing education classes with their library card through our website. Approximately 70% of Piermont residents hold Piermont Public Library cards.
A wide range of programs are held including "Weekly Toddler Story Time", art classes for children, the "First Friday Film Series", monthly "Pajama Time" and "Music Together" for very young children, monthly book clubs and other special events for older children. Various local artists have presented library events such as book signings, poetry readings, concerts, and art exhibitions of paintings and photography. The library is used regularly for meetings by book clubs and civic associations. Information about the library, its services and the election is available at: www.piermontlibrary.org.