Vote Info

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2019 Library Budget Vote and Board of Trustees Election

Vote Information:

  • Tuesday, September 25th, 12 noon to 8:00 pm
    Main Library and Lansingburgh Branch

Budget Information:

The 2019 budget includes a 3.99% increase to the library tax levy, which is estimated to add $3.00 to the tax bill of the average residential property in the city.The 2019 revenue has increased due to the inclusion of a first-time budgeted amount for special services, which includes the CDTA bus pass program and income from fax cards for patron use. However, this income is offset by the expenses of these services.

On the expense side, we have increased most lines in the regular book budget by approximately 5%. In order to respond to a significant increase in demand for electronic books and magazines, we have increased the ebook line by 30%. We have decreased the facilities portion of the budget to reflect savings in utilities due to an agreement with American Power and Gas, along with conversion of most of the lighting at the Main Library from T12 fluorescent bulbs to LED fixtures, a conversion made possible with funds from a New York State Public Library Construction Grant.

The salary and benefits section of the budget has been increased by 4.94% to account for a 5.1% increase in health insurance, for which the library pays 50% of an employee’s premium, and a 5.18% increase in salaries. Our salaries have fallen behind area libraries by as much as 25%, resulting in significant staff turnover at the Troy Public Library over the past few years. The increase to the salary line reflects a revised salary schedule which will begin to address this issue.

Absentee Ballots

Voters must apply for an absentee ballot.  Applications may be picked up at the Main Library or the Lansingburgh Branch.  Once the application is completed you can receive your ballot by either mailing the application back to the library or by bringing it in to either location.  We must receive all applications by Wednesday, September 19th.  Ballots need to be postmarked no later than the day before the election, September 24, 2018.

Print out the Absentee Ballot Application (right click and “Save As” to download and print the ballot)

Board of Trustee Candidates:

  • Evelyn Katz Greenstein:
    I am proud to serve on the Board of the Troy Public Library, one of our city’s oldest and most essential institutions. As a lifelong resident of Troy (Albia and Sycaway), this library has always been a major educational and social component in the fabric of my life, as it is in the lives of my children. Our community is as much a part of the Library as the Library is part of our community.I am seeking re-election in order to continue serving the citizens of Troy with financial responsibility, transparency, and advocacy of our library’s mission in providing life-long learning and linkages with the entire community. I will fight to ensure the library is operationally efficient and responsive to the needs of our residents, as it continues to serve future generations of Trojans.
     
    Attended: Schools 15 and 18, Troy High School, State University of New York at Albany (Psychology,) Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Industrial Organizational Psychology) Empire State College (Policy Studies.) Community Involvement: TPL Board: President, Vice President and Administration, Finance, Outreach, Building Committees; Upper Hudson Library System (Board); Hope 7 Community Center (Board); Birchkill Arts and Crafts Guild; Friends of the TPL; Soul Cafe, Oakwood Community Center. Professional Experience: Education Specialist /Professional Development Program/U of Albany; Director of Continuing Education and Admissions/ School of Information Science and Policy (Library School)/ U of Albany.
  • Cheryl Kennedy:
    Cheryl Kennedy lives with her husband and daughter in South Troy, NY. Her professional experience spans the public and private sector, with roles in higher education, municipal government, and human services.
     
    Cheryl is the principal and founder of the Troy-based project consulting firm, Reynard and Rook, LLC, located in the Rice Building on River Street. She is also the publications director and principal writer/editor at Welfare Research Inc., responsible for managing publication projects, writing and editing for a wide scope of published materials. Before joining WRI, Cheryl was the economic development coordinator for the City of Troy, NY. There, she organized and funded two consecutive small business summits and worked to create new business partnerships to expand economic development, workforce development, and job creation. She has over a decade of experience in managing complex projects.
     
    Cheryl is a strong supporter of local community development and economic empowerment, improving the achievement gap in urban public schools, and is an active volunteer for a variety of fundraising causes and events. Cheryl is a bibliophile; her first loves were the science fiction stories and fantasies of Ray Bradbury, J.R.R. Tolkien, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Piers Anthony. She holds a master’s degree in English Literature from Mercy College and is a licensed project manager.
     
    Cheryl feels the Troy Public Library is a tremendous resource committed to serving the City of Troy. In turn, Cheryl would like to lend her service on the Board of Trustees to help secure and sustain that commitment for future generations.
  • Bruce King: 
    Bruce King and his wife Nancy purchased a home in the Little Italy section of Troy about ten years ago. They are from Hampton Bays on Long Island. They moved to Troy full time about two years ago and just recently completed renovating their home. With the completion of the renovation Dr. King feels it is time to get involved with the community, to give back to the community they have been enjoying living in.
     
    Back on Long Island Dr. King was involved serving several community organizations such as Hampton Bays Civic Association (Past President), Long Island United Way (Program Reviewer), Boy Scouts of America (Camp Counselor & Merit Badge Counselor), Sons of the American Legion (Past Commander), Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Riders (Chaplain), American Legion Oratorical Scholarship (State Judge), American Legion Boys State, Local Education Related Committees, New York State Technology Education Advisory Board, STEM Education Committee. Dr. King retired as an Assistant professor from the School of Education, New York Institute of Technology where he was Coordinator for Adolescent Education. Prior to college teaching Dr. King was a Public School Administrator, Teacher of Technology, Mathematics, and Business Education. Dr. King is a graduate of several college programs: SUNY Oswego (BS Technology Education), Hofstra University (MA Secondary Education), and Dowling College (PD Educational Administration & Ed. D. Educational Leadership).
  • Casey Macksey:
    I would be honored to serve on the Library Board as a steward of the institution, encompassing both the existing library services and physical structures as well as the future community of library patrons. I have been a Troy resident for 8 years, living downtown with my boyfriend and our menagerie of pets. I received my BA from SUNY Albany, MA from University College London in Archaeological Conservation, and am currently enrolled part-time in the MSIS program at SUNY Albany focusing on Information Management and Policy. I also currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Capital District Hunter Jumper Council.In my professional role as a business consultant, I use lean management tools to help leaders create data supported project plans. My goal is to bring my backgrounds in conservation and data science to assist the Board in creating an updated vision and draft an actionable plan for the existing branches to continue the Troy Public Library’s tradition for serving all members of the community in the future.