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Budget Up, Taxes Down

The proposed budget for the Westbury Public Library includes  a $31,000 increase, but taxpayers need not to worry: they will actually be paying less.

“We did really well this past year in terms of carefully saving money so we ended up with a surplus,” said library director Cathleen Towey. “Our board of trustees decided to take a certain amount of money from the surplus, to supplement the needs of the budget and keep costs low.”  

Taxpayers are expected to pay one percent less this year. Cost of library services passed along to the taxpayers will decrease to $284, from last year’s $288. 

The library has proposed spending an increase of $15,000 in books and $9,000 in audio visual materials, while cutting costs in other departments such as printing and publicity, postage, retirement and social security. 

These increases will allow the library to purchase more books, including bestsellers (both in print and for Nooks) as well as more music and movies. Towey is also hoping that this year, patrons will see more iPads circulated around the library. 

Last year the library cut costs by switching to an electronic newsletter, using in-house staff for lawn maintenance, and partnering with outside agencies for free services. With last year’s budget, the library was able to replace several computers as well as make more of them Internet accessible. 

The library was also awarded $11,000 through the Greentree Foundation Good Neighbor Grant, which was used to purchase iPads, Mac computers, and Nooks for the Teen Zone. Currently, over 21,000 Westbury and Carle Place residents are active cardholders at the library. In 2012, Westbury circulated almost 225,000 books, movies and related items and close to 19,000 people attended library-sponsored programs. 

The Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election will be Tuesday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m in the library meeting room. Towey encourages residents to come out and vote, and show their support for their local library. 

 “We managed to decrease the budget because we care about the taxpayers. I’d love for more people to let us know if they’re happy with things or if they’d like certain things to change,” Towey said. 

Trustee elections will also take place on April 2. Kenneth Little is running unopposed and seeking re-election to his third consecutive five-year term on the Board of Trustees. 

Voter registration takes place Tuesday, March 26 from 2 to 8p.m. U.S. citizens 18 years and older who are residents of the Westbury School District and registered to vote in the Nassau County or Westbury School District Elections are eligible to vote. For more information, visit www.WestburyLibrary.org or call (516) 333-0176. 

News

Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.

 

In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.

 

“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 

 

Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.

 

Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


Calendar

Los Lobos - March 5

Coffee House - March 8

Meet the Mayor - March 8


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