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Statement From Great Neck Library Board President Janet Esagoff

Our sincere thanks to everyone who took part in the referendum on Oct. 25, 2011. Although we are disappointed with the results, our goal of renovating our Main Library remains constant. This 40-year-old building must be restored and the Library Board will meet as soon as possible to discuss the options open to them given the results of the vote.

Unfortunately a great deal of misinformation was spread throughout the community in the months, weeks and days leading up to the vote. They included such preposterous statements like we were building on a swamp or that the project would cost $35 million and that the library would be closed up to 3 years. Perhaps the Library did not do as good a job as it could have in making its position clear to the public. Staunch opponents to the building plan criticized the board’s every move, including our decision to hire a public relations firm at a relatively nominal cost given the scope of the project.

However, one thing remains clear. There are many items in our Main Library we must fix and need our urgent attention. Renovation, at the very least, remains essential and the Library Board will make it its main goal to present a new or revised plan to the public for its consideration. Monies will have to be borrowed, and a future referendum is likely. The Library will continue to engage the public in its decision-making process and will continue to be as transparent as possible in its dealings. We hope you will work with us as we move forward to transform our Main Library into a library that is truly for the 21st century, and one befitting the Great Neck community.