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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
F.S. library budget, board seat vote looms
Reinette Krajci

On April 23, Franklin Square residents will vote on the proposed 2014-15 public library budget, and will elect a new library trustee to fill the seat held for the past six years by Francis Ammendolea —who is not seeking re-election.

A candidates forum will be held on April 10 at 7 p.m. at the library on Lincoln Road, in conjunction with the hearing on the proposed 2014-15 library budget. Each candidate will have an opportunity to make a brief presentation that will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Below are the candidates and a statement from each:

Gertrude Cucciniello

Over the past decade, the role of public libraries has shifted to offering a wide range of digital educational and social tools. The role of the Franklin Square Board of Trustees is to support the mission of the library and ensure that user needs are met, that the quality of our library collection is maintained and that we continue to enhance internet services, digital capabilities, educational resources, and youth and adult programs. As a resident of Franklin Square for 49 years, I have watched our library meet the needs of our patrons while growing and redefining its role in the community. In 32 years in higher education as an administrator and Dean, my responsibilities included departmental budgeting, purchasing, clerical union issues and staff management. Because of my life and work experience, I believe that I understand that the present and future needs of all of our patrons must be met while keeping costs in line.

Paul Varughese

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