Weindunch sets up a conference on the efforts of libraries in special districts


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The Wyandanch Public Library is holding a public meeting on February 23, with the aim of separating it from the school district and becoming a special district library.

The Library Commission hired Manhattan lawyer Edward Picardo to assist in the separation process and cast 3-2 votes last month to convert it to a special legislative district library.

Most of the 56 libraries in Suffolk County are school district libraries, said Kevin Barbesie, director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. He said the special district libraries still have elected trustees and budgets and comply with the regulations of the state’s Ministry of Education.

Library Director Ghenya Grant first introduced the concept of separation in July after school district state observers asked the library for documents to support the $ 1 million Tax Precipation Note loan the school district provides to the library annually. I raised it publicly.

Trustees Katrina Crawford and Jordan Thomas voted against the move. Crawford said the pursuit of change was “wasting” money and should be spent on reopening attempts instead.

The library is the only library on Long Island that has not been reopened in any way since the pandemic began almost a year ago. The board said the reason was a broken HVAC system that did not provide adequate ventilation.

Thomas said he voted against becoming a special district library because he believes “we need to gather community opinion before making such a big decision.”

A legislature on behalf of Weindunch agreed and said the library would not draft or sponsor the laws necessary to make changes unless it knew that the community was driving the move.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo must approve legislation for changes after passing Congress and the Senate, but refuses the last few attempts to create a special district library in the northern part of the state. Did.

The meeting will be held at 3 pm via Zoom. A hearing on this issue will take place on March 1st at 6 pm. A link to the conference registration can be found on the library website: https: //wyan.suffolk.lib.ny.us/


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