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Candidates for Manhasset Public Library Trustee

Four Individuals Seek One 5-Year Trustee Position

Meet the Candidates Night for Library Trustee will be held on Monday, April 19, at 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Manhasset Public Library. The Port Washington-Manhasset League of Women Voters will conduct the evening’s program, and there will be a question and answer session.

Mark your calendar to attend as the event is scheduled on Monday, April 19, the actual vote occurs on Wednesday, April 21, and the Manhasset Press will be delivered after the vote on Thursday, April 22.

Four candidates are running to fill the five-year-term position on the Manhasset Public Library Board of Trustees being vacated by James E. Pelzer. The candidates are Robert Carrozzo, Karl Eschelbach, Donald O’Brien, and Margo Vignola. Additionally, Joseph T. Vogel will be running uncontested to succeed himself for the two-year term.

The library solicited a photograph and a brief biography from each individual who is running for office and made them available to the Manhasset Press. This is an opportunity to initially “meet” the candidates. Look for more information in upcoming weeks. 

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Robert A. Carrozzo

Robert Carrozzo has been a resident of Manhasset for 21 years. He lives in Plandome with his wife Cathy, a local dentist, and their three sons, all of whom have attended the elementary, middle and high schools. He has thoroughly enjoyed being a Little League coach in the Manhasset Baseball League.

He attended Fordham University where he received a B.A. in economics/finance with a minor in political science. He graduated from St. John’s University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree and was admitted to practice before the Bar of the State of New York in 1986 and the Supreme Court of the United States in 1999.

Upon graduation from law school, Robert went into private practice, specializing in real estate law. In 1999, he became a founding partner, and is presently the CEO and president, of a title insurance company on Long Island. He is a past president and current member of the Board of Directors of the Columbian Lawyers, an association of Italian American attorneys, which, among other things, provides scholarships on a needs basis to area students. He is also presently a member of the board of the Candlewood Springs Tax District.

He and his family have actively participated in the many wonderful programs that the library has to offer. He firmly believes the library is an invaluable asset to the community and his primary concern is that it continues to grow, serve the changing needs of the community, and continue to do so in a financially responsible way. He feels we all owe a great debt to the hard work of the current trustees and hopes to continue their excellent work for many years into the future.

Karl Eschelbach, J.D., CPA

Mr. Eschelbach has been a resident of Manhasset since 1983. He and his family have been enthusiastic patrons of the Manhasset Public Library. Mr. Eschelbach is married to Elin Watson Eschelbach. They have two grown children who have enjoyed the library as toddlers as well as used the library for studying. Mr. Eschelbach is a CPA and tax lawyer. He was a tax partner at a major accounting firm and later, tax counsel for two banks. He currently works for a private equity fund. Mr. Eschelbach is fully supportive of the library’s mission but mindful of the tax burden that the library imposes on Manhasset residents. As a CPA, he is an expert on many financial matters that may affect the library.

Donald T. O’Brien

Donald T. O’Brien is a longtime Manhasset resident and he and his wife, Pat, have a married daughter, Kelly. Mr. O’Brien is a graduate of St. Mary’s elementary and high schools. He holds a BS in finance from C.W. Post College and an MBA in finance from NYU Stern Business School. He has enjoyed a commercial real estate finance career with financial services firms, including Lehman Brothers until 2008. Mr. O’Brien is a commercial real estate consultant. He is currently chairman, American Legion, Manhasset Post 304.

As a longtime resident of Manhasset he has seen the library grow, not only in size, but in importance to the community. It is a resource for knowledge, culture and the arts and is a true gathering place for community interaction and personal growth. He has a personal perspective of the benefits of the Manhasset Public Library that began with his days as a student that continues to the present. This perspective and the experience acquired in business are beneficial in performing the duties of a trustee.

As a library trustee, he will work closely with the other trustees, the library director, and the department heads in a joint effort to continue to provide and update the resources, services and programs to serve all Manhasset residents. In these difficult economic times, it is critical to be sensitive to administrative and operating costs and their impact on the budget. He believes that Manhasset can maintain its first class library while remaining cost conscious.

If elected, he will continue to speak with residents so that their comments and concerns regarding the library are addressed at library board meetings.

Margo L. Vignola

Margo Vignola is a native of San Francisco and has lived in Manhasset for the past 27 years. Her husband, Anthony, and she have been ardent users and supporters of the library. They have reared two children in the community, Mark and Anne-Marie. Both children attended and graduated from Manhasset schools. Mark is currently doing post-doctoral work at Duke University and Anne-Marie is pursuing her MBA from NYU-Stern.

Her most recent work experience includes nearly 25 years in the financial services industry. She worked mostly as an equity research analyst, primarily covering the health care and hospitality industries and was highly regarded as one of the most prominent in her field and recognized for many years as one of the leaders in her field by institutional investors. The lion’s share of her tenure was at Salomon Brothers and Merrill Lynch. The last eight years of her financial services career were in management, including director of U.S. Equity Research at Merrill Lynch where her responsibilities included budgeting, publications, research opinions, compliance and monitoring industry research developments.

Before moving to Manhasset, she worked in the health care industry in Washington, D.C., including time with the federal government and in the private health care sector.

She holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in economics from Ohio State University.

“I am a dedicated reader, runner, yoga exerciser, and a golfer. I am also a nascent painter and struggling piano player,” she notes.

“I am an avid lifelong user of the public library, starting as a child in California and continuing throughout my time in Manhasset. I have always been a voracious reader, with eclectic tastes that run from mysteries to modern classics. I am a founding member of the Munsey Park Book Club. Everyone knows me at the library as a frequent user and a supporter of all the great attributes the facility has to offer. I would be honored to serve as a Trustee of the Manhasset Public Library by bringing together my unique analytical and financial background, along with my firsthand knowledge of the library. I strongly believe that the marvelous new Manhasset facility can be further leveraged to enhance its service to the community.”