Board of Trustees Election and Budget Vote 2017

Thank You to all who voted!

The MPL budget vote passed, 332 – 68. 

Congratulations to Tom Honohan, Alice Walsh and Lee Markowitz who were reelected to the Board of Trustees!


Vote Tuesday, June 6th, 7 am – 9 pm at MPL!

Board of Trustee Election

3 candidates are running for 3 seats on the Board

Thomas Honohan
Tom graduated from Notre Dame, has lived in Mahopac for over thirty-five years, and has four children and nine grandchildren. He has been a Mahopac Public Library Trustee since 1991, and has served as President, Vice President, and chairperson of several Board committees. He is currently the chair of the Finance Committee.
Tom worked in sales and management for Westinghouse, Siemans, and General Electric of England. He also coached MSA soccer and basketball, and has volunteered with the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry for more than 15 years.

Now retired, Tom enjoys going to the local gym and playing board games with his grandchildren. His favorite fictional author is Nelson de Mille.

Lee Markowitz
My wife, two daughters, and I have lived in Carmel since 1991. I hold a BS and MS in Biology, and I am a podiatrist employed full-time with Hudson River Health Care. I am also
a medical consultant to Calvary Hospital in the Bronx.

I am running for my second consecutive three-year term on the Library Board of Trustees. Currently, I am Chairman of the Bylaws and Policy Committee, and I serve on the Ad-Hoc Committee to oversee the completion of the student competition mural installed on a wall on the lower level of the Library building.

I believe that Mahopac Public Library stands as a bright beacon in our community. If re-elected, I will continue to keep it fiscally sound, relevant to the needs of the community, intellectually rewarding and accessible to all.

Alice Walsh
Alice Walsh is an 18-year resident of Mahopac; she has been involved with the Mahopac Public Library as a volunteer or trustee for most of that time.

Walsh has chaired many of the Board’s committees and has served as President. Currently she serves as Vice-President, and Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee.

Walsh has a long career as a nonprofit and arts administrator. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University. She works at Westchester Community College.

Budget Vote

Key budget points for Fiscal Year 2017-2018:
• remains under the tax cap and represents a 1.6% increase over the 2016-2017 budget.
• annual household increase for a home valued at $250,000 is $4.80 or 40 cents per month.


EXPENDITURES 2016-2017 2017-2018
Personnel 1,300,000 1,350,000
Payroll taxes & benefits 355,000 375,000
Library materials 201,750 188,639
Supplies 22,000 25,000
Staff development 2,500 5,250
Telephone 9,000 9,000
Internet 6,000 6,000
Utilities 91,000 87,000
Dues 1,500 1,500
Building repairs & maintenance 28,147 25,000
Building contracts 60,500 60,500
Equipment contracts 12,000 14,500
Library programming 7,500 7,500
Professional fees 58,700 52,000
Printing, publicity & postage 4,500 7,400
Election & legal notices 6,000 6,000
Computer maintenance contract 53,000 58,000
Insurance 24,000 24,000
Furniture, fixtures & equipment 22,000 25,000
Capital improvements 33,000 20,000
Bond repayment 570,950 567,700
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 2,869,047 2,914,989
Fines, fees & gifts 59,000 59,000
Interest income 3,000 5,000
Grants 6,500 6,500
Town of Carmel 50,000 50,000
Putnam County 99,000 102,093
Previously collected tax levy 22,328 22,328
TOTAL REVENUES 239,828 244,921
AMOUNT TO BE RAISED BY TAXES 2,629,219 2,670,068

Read the full Board of Trustees Election and Budget Vote Newsletter.