Board of Trustees Election and Budget Vote 2018
Vote Tuesday, June 5th, 7 am – 9 pm at MPL!
Board of Trustee Election
4 candidates are running for 4 seats on the Board
Trustee Candidate Statements
My family and I are lifelong residents of Mahopac. We have watched the community grow from a small rural town, where everyone knew each other, to the booming suburb it is today.
As I have an emotional tie to the town, I would like to help maintain its rural character and reputation for its great school system as well as other benefits it offers.
My brother, Anthony Battista, was very proud to be a member of the Mahopac Public Library Board of Trustees, and I would like to continue his legacy in this important role.
My wife, Amy, and I have lived in Mahopac for 30 years, raising our family and using Mahopac Library (old and new versions) throughout. I am a professional archaeologist working for forty years documenting Native American and Historic sites throughout the United States and other countries for academic, government, professional and private clients. Many of the sites I have studied are located in the Hudson Valley, including Putnam County.
As a trustee I hope to contribute to Library policies that will continue to bring a feeling of excitement and anticipation to all who use the building. The area’s increasing diversity brings operational and public relations challenges for the Library. New and varied interests, concerns, and perspectives characterize segments of the population that may not utilize the Library and fully receive all the many benefits that could result. The Library serves as a conduit through its various services as a way to address such issues. Increasing patronage and involvement by all residents will only strengthen it as a community institution.
Continuing to bring learning to as many people as possible is what our successful Library is doing for the community. Being a part of that heritage and success is why I hope to be a Trustee.
Frank J. Del Campo
Frank J. Del Campo has been a Mahopac resident since 1968. He and his wife, Terry, raised five children here, all of whom attended Mahopac schools.
Del Campo spent 34 years in education, serving as both a teacher and administrator. During that time he was elected as a Town Councilman, and served in that position from 1986-1995. After retiring in 1995, he was elected to four consecutive terms as the Carmel Town Supervisor (1996-2003). In 2003 Del Campo accepted a position as Deputy County Executive and served in that position until he retired in 2006.
A current MPL Board member, Del Campo believes strongly in the prominent role the library plays in the community. “My hope is that the Board of Trustees continues to work together, with the staff and Friends, to enrich the lives of our community members.”
Joseph J. Tock
Joseph J. Tock is a self-employed attorney with a law office in Mahopac. He has been practicing law for 35 years, and worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx for 7 years. He holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University and received his J.D. from St. John’s School of Law.
Joe is seeking his sixth term as a Trustee, having served 15 years, including 3 years as Vice President. He has served on or chaired the following Library Committees: Board Development, Bylaws, Policy, Personnel, and Long Range Planning. He is the former Chairman of the Major Gifts Campaign for Mahopac Public Library.
A member of the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce since 1992 and currently Legal Counsel for the Chamber, Joe received the “Business Person of the Year” award from the Chamber of Commerce in 2006. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Past President of the Putnam County Bar Association. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Holy Cross High School and Trial Lawyers Care, a pro-bono legal service for victims of 9/11.
Joe enjoys gardening, birding, fishing, golf, travel, and watching his beloved Mets and Jets. He lives in Carmel with his wife, Jean, and has raised 3 children, all of whom attended Mahopac public schools. Says Joe, “I live, work, and play in this community. The Mahopac Public Library is the heart of our community, utilized by patrons from age 3 to 95. I firmly believe in the wonderful quality of life we are privileged to have have here in Putnam County.”
Key budget points for Fiscal Year 2018-2019:
- The budget reflects Long-Range plan priorities that emerged from the community engagement phase of the planning process.
- The budget remains under the tax cap.
- The annual household increase for a home valued at $350,000 is $13.05, or $1.09 per month.
- The building Repairs and Maintenance line includes an increase in the costs of snow removal and landscaping.
- The Library Materials line reflects an increase in audio-visual and ebook purchases in response to patron demand.
|Payroll taxes & benefits||375,000||390,000|
|Building repairs & maintenance||25,000||33,000|
|Printing, publicity & postage||7,400||18,000|
|Election & legal notices||6,000||6,000|
|Computer maintenance contract||58,000||51,668|
|Furniture, fixtures & equipment||25,000||20,000|
|Fines, fees & gifts||59,000||59,000|
|Town of Carmel||50,000||60,000|
|Previously collected tax levy||22,328||27,500|
|AMOUNT TO BE RAISED BY TAXES||2,670,068||2,748,525|
Read the full Board of Trustees Election and Budget Vote Newsletter.