MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Voters overwhelmingly approved the Mamaroneck Public Library's budget Wednesday, with 238 in favor and 82 opposed.
The new budget will bring more books, movies and subscriptions, according to a press release from Library Director Susan Riley. It will also bring new maintenance contracts for various facilities around the library.
Library Board President Chris Love was re-elected on Wednesday. John Brenkovich and Bob Fisher were also elected but are new to the board.
Love was happy to learn that the budget had passed. “The overwhelming support of the Library by the community is so gratifying,” she said in the press release. “The Staff and Board work hard to provide exciting new programs and lots of high interest for area residents. It’s so wonderful to know that the Village appreciates the value of the Library.”
Larry Cohen, a village resident who voted for the budget, was also glad to hear the news. “I think the library does a good job serving their community,” he said. “They provide activities, renting of books, research and a place to get work done.”
Carol Holowiak, who has lived in Mamaroneck for 30 years, said she thinks money from the budget should be used to finance more programs for community members. She said she has only recently started seeing programs and would like to see more.
“They could offer more computer classes, help people get their GED, and more programs for kids,” she said.
Holowiak said libraries in Rye, White Plains and Larchmont have more opportunities.
When asked about the programs run at the library, Riley said the library offers 14 children’s programs a week. She said the library does not offer GED programs because they are strategically placed in libraries all over the county.
Riley said there are always people, like the 92 who voted no, who disagree with certain decisions.
“There are always people who because of their personal circumstances will vote no to the increases,” she said. “We’re very sensitive to that, of course. I think that if people look at what we offer, it actually can save them quite a bit of money.”
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