Here’s news from the Mamaroneck Public Library:
The Mamaroneck Public Library Trustee and Budget Vote will be held on Wednesday, December 12th from 7 AM to 9 p.m. in the Library Lobby.
Three candidates are running for three seats for Mamaroneck Library Trustee: Christine Love, a 6-year incumbent who currently serves as the board’s president; John Brenkovich, a certified financial planner who is a member of the Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce and resident of Rye Neck; and Bob Fisher, a film and award-winning TV-commercial producer and 26-year resident of Mamaroneck. (Their bios are below).
The Library, which served a vital function in the community during Hurricane Sandy as a refuge for scores of residents seeking warmth, electricity to charge their devices, internet access and companionship, is proposing a tax levy increase of 2 percent in the coming budget.
This proposed increase is in line with the board’s commitment to account for the new, larger facility through managing the budget with small increases over time. The 2 percent tax levy would compute to an increase of $16.20 a year for the average Mamaroneck Village household.
The bulk of the increase is for ongoing maintenance contracts to replace initial warranties for the new equipment and reflects a small increase to enhance the Library’s collection of e-books, books, movies, etc.
The Library is continuing to generate modest revenue from overdue fines, meeting room rental and used book sales to lessen the burden for the taxpayers.
During Hurricane Sandy, children were entertained as staff showed free movies, held story times and provided games and crafts. Adults came day after day to work on library computers or their own laptops, to charge their cell phones, help themselves to the free coffee provided by the staff, watch elections results, and to escape their cold, dark homes to find “community” through the crisis. Mamaroneck Library continues its commitment to serve the village as a true community center, a resource for information, and a place for our children (and adults) to celebrate the joy of reading.
Christine Love – Chris has been a library trustee for the past six years and is serving as board president for 2012-13. A graduate of Brown University, Chris also holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During the 1980’s, she was director of the Middletown (RI) Public Library for seven years. Recently retired from full-time work, Chris spent twenty-five years in higher education administration. This included positions in admissions, alumni relations and development at the University of Chicago and Brown. She is currently consulting on several projects with Columbia University’s alumni relations office. Chris lives in Shore Acres with her husband, John.
John Brenkovich – Originally from Astoria, in Queens County, New York City, John began his career as a Financial Advisor in 1988. John is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional and a graduate of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York City with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Finance. He graduated from Xavier High School in New York City. John and his wife moved to Mamaroneck (Rye Neck Section) in 2008 and have a young son. Active in his community, John is the Treasurer and a Member of the Board of Directors of Sheldrake Environmental Center and a member of the Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce. John was also a member of Xavier High School’s Advancement Committee for a 5-year period.
Bob is a 26-year resident of Mamaroneck. After graduating from the University of Buffalo with a BA in Political Science, Bob moved to New York and became an award winning producer of television commercials. He currently works as a producer on both feature films and shorter film projects. As the former National Chairperson of the AICP, the national television commercial trade association, Bob has extensive experience in advertising, labor negotiations, and health care issues. Bob currently serves on the boards of the Orienta Point Association, the Armory Track Association, the Directors Guild of America Assistant Director Training Program, and a film industry healthcare plan. Bob lives in Orienta with his wife, Roberta, a Career Counselor at Manhattanville College. The pair can usually be spotted cycling on the Post Road several days a week.