EAST MEADOW: support the budget; re-elect Fanelli

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Scott Eckers, a first-time challenger, seems to genuinely care about making a difference in the district. He has lots of ideas and is extremely articulate, and we think he could also be an asset to the board. He’s running for all of the right reasons.

But we believe that the seven current trustees, who have worked together for four years, have become a cohesive unit, despite their diverse backgrounds, and have done the community proud. They are ever present at community meetings other than their own, and have consistently passed financially sound budgets. We see no reason to break them up. If one of them should leave in the near future, however, Eckers should be next in line.

A third name voters will see on the ballet, Joseph Danenza, is a four-year incumbent running unopposed. Without a doubt, the community is lucky to have him as trustee. His background in both finance and technology is a great benefit, and he’s extremely approachable and easy to talk to.

Approve the library spending plan

The East Meadow Public Library’s proposed 2014-15 budget is $7.05 million, a 1.71 percent year-over-year increase, and we encourage voters to support it. Anyone who has been to the library recently can see that it is one of the community’s most vibrant, enriching facilities. It goes above and beyond to bring a wide variety of educational programs to patrons that they won’t see anywhere else, except perhaps a city museum.

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