New City Library Vote

On Wednesday December 11, 2013 there will be a public vote at the New City Library to elect three new board members.  The voting hours will be from 9AM to 9 PM.  During the same time frame there will also be a public vote to approve the 2014 library budget which is calling for a zero percent increase.  Although the budget vote is also in the library, it will be on a different ballot and in a different room.  In effect, you will be voting twice in the New City Library on that day.

It is the Clarkstown Preservation Society's position that the New City Library is probably one of the best taxpayer funded institutions in Rockland County.  The current board-majority has ensured that the services that we enjoy are provided at a high level with reasonable cost to the residents that pay for them.  As stated earlier, the upcoming budget will have a zero percent tax increase and the 2013 budget included a minimal 1.6 percent tax increase.  Relatively speaking, when compared to other agencies and jurisdictions in Clarkstown and Rockland, this should be a template for others to try to learn from!

How do we continue this positive trend?  We have vetted three candidates that we feel are deserving to serve in the position of Library Board Member.  These qualified and highly principled candidates are Agin Anthony, Suresh Arya and Ralph Sabatini.  With these three candidates elected, the library board will still maintain its majority voting power to ensure that operating costs remain stable and the Library Chairman, Mitch Freedman can conduct his management strategies in the most professional and non-political manner possible.  This will serve to maintain the highest standards that have been set forth by the New City Library.

In closing, it is important to remember that every local election is a critical one in order to sustain our viability as a town.  The New City Library's operating budget is a little over $5 million per annum.  We need to make sure that everyone understands how important it is that election voting becomes a matter of routine for Clarkstown voters.  On December 11,2013 please make sure that everyone gets out and votes for Agin Anthony, Suresh Arya and Ralph Sabatini for Library Board.  Of course, please also remember to vote "yes" for the 2014 budget of zero percent increase.

NOTE:  To be eligible to vote, you must be a NYS registered voter residing in Congers, New City,  Bardonia and parts of Nanuet.  If you are unsure if you qualify, please call the New City Library at (845)634-4997.  Every vote will count, so find out if you are eligible.  Also, if you go to vote and they tell you that they don't have you on their rolls, tell them that you wish to fill out a provisional election ballot.  This happened to several eligible people last year.  If you do fill out a provisional ballot, please email me so that I can make sure that the election officials follow up and investigate further.  Thank you for executing your sacred right to vote.


Pete Bradley

Clarkstown Preservation Society- Preserve Rockland/ Clarkstown Chief



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Mary Beth December 09, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Clarkstown Preservation Society's blog is a blatant advertisement for trustee candidates for the New City Library. Clarkstown Preservation does not represent the library and has no right to use the library's logo and suggest that it speaks for the library. There are 8 candidates running for 3 seats on the board. The names mentioned in this article are NOT the 3 endorsed by the board. They are NOT the 3 endorsed by the New City Library Watch group. They are NOT the 3 that the library staff union is campaigning for. This misleading blog makes it appear that the library itself is endorsing the 3 candidates named. Note that the library does not endorse candidates. I would suggest that the reader go to the library website www.newcitylibrary.org and read the statements of each of the 8 trustee candidates. Then decide for yourself which 3 are the most qualified.
Watchdog December 09, 2013 at 10:28 PM
LSSI.COM.....time to investigate the privatization of our libraries. You may be very surprised at the results if you keep an open mind. WWW.LSSI.COM
Karen Jung Vetrano December 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM
The library staff is endorsing Agin Antony, Carole-Beth Goldberg and Suresh Arya. All three of these Clarkstown residents are patrons who regularly use our library, hold a deep appreciation for the role it plays in their lives and the community, and have no personal or political agendas beyond the betterment of our library. (Visit newcitystaff.org to learn more about these candidates.)
Josh Stern December 10, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Why is Mr Bradley Trying to mislead voters by pretending that this is a group decision? Mr Peter Bradley single handily chooses the candidates endorsed by the preservation Society. It is the biggest sham out there. They dont have screenings or primaries or even conventions. You call that democracy. This is the same genius who endorsed Dennis Malone. Thank God no one takes Bradley too serious Ballard beat Malone in Congers by big numbers. Bradley tries to take credit for Ed Days Victory WHAT A JOKE. Ladies and Gentleman Vote against whoever Bradley is supporting and youll probably be much better off.
Brian December 10, 2013 at 03:20 PM
I agree Josh. You also can't go wrong voting against whomever Mike Hull and the rest of the "disgusted taxpayer" types endorse.
Charles Clewsow December 10, 2013 at 05:28 PM
All libraries should be privatized to save huge dollars and receive better service. Just one example. Visit the www.lssi.com web site for more details on the benefits of library privatization......... LSSI Partnership Benefits On July 1, 2011, a 5-year contract with LSSI commenced and the Santa Clarita Public Library opened with great fanfare and celebration. Among the partnership’s achievements: All library branches are now open 7 days per week, with hours extended from 169 to 189 hours per week. Library Strategic Plan adopted by a 36-member Citizens Public Library Advisory Committee with input from 20 focus groups and community surveys, establishing library service priorities and goals Over 60,000 new volumes added to the collection The library joined the Southern California Library Cooperative Resource sharing with the Inland Library Network, a 103-member library cooperative, giving patrons access to more than 1 million titles and almost 4 million items Friends of the Santa Clarita Library established In 2012, 5,184 people attended 67 events at the libraries and outreach sites for the “Dream Big – READ!” summer reading program Old Town Newhall Library opened in September 2012 with a book and media capacity of more than 135,000 items, 96 computers, 190 reader seats, and 110 meeting seats Expanded community focused programs for families and teens Elimination of library parcel tax, saving taxpayers $1.5 million annually
Charles Clewsow December 10, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Library Background LSSI began operation of Jackson County Library Services on October 1, 2007. Prior to LSSI operation, libraries were operated entirely by Jackson County. The 15 branch library system offers a full range of services, including a rotating collection, public computer access, and programming for all ages, to cities ranging from over 74,000 citizens to less than a thousand. Due to a reduction in County revenue which resulted in the closure of all library branches, the County turned to LSSI to reopen and provide the best and most comprehensive plan to continue to provide library services for Jackson County’s residents. LSSI Partnership Benefits On October 1, 2007, LSSI assumed full responsibility for reopening and operating all County libraries. Seventy-three former County employees accepted positions as LSSI team members. Within 30 days, all 15 libraries reopened. Among the partnership’s achievements: Implemented a flexible, sustainable operations approach saving $27 million over the initial 5-year contract period Individual cities gained increased control and the option to increase operating hours for their branches through local funding initiatives Storytimes for children at all branches were restored and additional sessions added, totaling 29 weekly storytimes and 1,800 sessions a year for over 24,000 participants Reinstated booktalks in grades 6, 7, and 8 at all Jackson County schools Child Care outreach re-established and expanded to include new day-care centers, totaling 50 Homebound outreach was reinstated using a combination of books-by-mail and home delivery serving 120 residents Nationally prominent library planning experts worked with the community and library team members to implement strategic planning and marketing initiatives Learn-a-Palooza Fair established to celebrate and enhance literacy, with topics including health, employment, digital and finance. This program increased partnerships with local agencies and service organizations Increased circulation by 13% compared to pre-LSSI numbers Patron Technical Support staff offer workshops and instruction to patrons and staff on downloadable book services, social media, and technology Increased meeting room usage by 38% compared to pre-LSSI usage Professional marketing and graphics support of library programs by the LSSI team, including the introduction of four new library card designs “This public/private partnership reopens our doors and lowers our cost, while keeping library assets and programs under the control of our citizens. - Danny Jordan, County Administrator Jackson County
Charles Clewsow December 10, 2013 at 05:31 PM
www.lssi.com.........................Read and get educated about the benefits of privatization.
Robert Ward Kurkela December 10, 2013 at 06:28 PM
"Clarkstown Preservation does not represent the library and has no right to use the library's logo and suggest that it speaks for the library." Only a fool would come to the conclusion that Pete Bradley's endorsements were officially sanctioned by the library itself. He clearly speaks for his group, CPS. Also, anyone is free to use any publicly available image like Pete did in his post above. I've had differences with Pete, but we also agree on many other topics. If you want to confront him on his post then be brave enough to post under your true name, which I doubt any of you are able to do.
daz91146 December 10, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Mr. Bradley, do not be overly impressed by the zero percent tax increase. It was not due to sharp pencils at the Board. It was only possible because of the carryover of unspent funds due to lengthy vacancies in 2013, and therefore sets us up for a significant increase next year with positions finally filled. A more honest approach might have been to put the unspent money in a rainy-day fund, or return it to the taxpayers, and prepare a budget showing the true increase. David Zuckerberg (candidate)
being there December 10, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Hey Charles you should seek an unbiased analysis of LSSI's "achievement" and not just copy and paste their PR off their website. And Pete, just because they're asking for zero percent doesn't mean they know what they are doing. Did you take the time to analyze the budget they presented? Vote Sassone, Zuckerberg, and Sabbatini if you want to stop the madness.
Lilly December 11, 2013 at 12:05 AM
So Pete Bradley wants us to vote for a 19 year old to be trustee over a $5 million budget? I'm all diversity and fresh faces, but this must be a joke.
being there December 11, 2013 at 06:50 AM
Robert (and Pete as well): just because an image is on the web doesn't mean it's available for anyone to use. You clearly do not understand basic copyright. A year or so from now, a zero percent increase won't seem like such a good idea.
Charles Clewsow December 11, 2013 at 06:39 PM
"Hey Charles you should seek an unbiased analysis of LSSI's "achievement" and not just copy and paste their PR off their website.".. Hey "being there". I have done my research. We can not only cut costs but expand services under private ownership. If you tell me who you are, I will gladly give you any information you need and then perhaps find out if you are "biased" or not? Thanks.


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