Elmont Library board meeting grows heated
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The meeting, which was moved to executive session because Nicolosi’s departure left only three trustees to conduct it — Monique Hardial and new members Gina Burnett and Tammie Williams — was subsequently adjourned. Hardial told Madera that he would be allowed to finish his comments at the October meeting. She told the Herald that she felt that Nicolosi acted on impulse and out of character.
“I do not have a comment other than to say that as trustees, the public sometimes fails to recognize that we are dedicating our time to the community,” Hardial said. “We are human and at times we react in ways that we wish we had not. Mr. Nicolosi is a very passionate trustee, and he did not agree with a comment made from a resident. Instead of engaging in an argument, Mr. Nicolosi removed himself.”
The meeting followed recent changes on the board. Former President Joanne Mazzeo may or may not have resigned, and she had stopped attending meetings in the weeks leading up to and following a shakeup of the board that saw Hardial take over as president. Nicolosi said that Mazzeo had sent a text message to a library employee declaring her resignation, but Hardial told the Herald that Mazzeo did not resign, and had been granted a leave of absence for reasons Hardial did not disclose.
Speculation about Mazzeo’s absence has continued since last month, when Trustee Kathleen Rau left suddenly. Rau’s resignation reduced the number of regularly attending trustees from seven to five.
Mazzeo was unavailable for comment.
Nicolosi said on Sept. 20 that he had sent a letter to the library apologizing for leaving the meeting.
The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.