Board of Trustees Election and Budget Vote 2021

Thank You to all who voted!

The MPL budget vote passed, 229 – 59. 

Congratulations to John Battista, Joseph Tock and Frank Del Campo on their reelection to the Board!

Vote Tuesday, June 8th, 7 am – 9 pm at MPL!

Board of Trustee Election

4 candidates are running for 3 seats on the Board

Trustee Candidate Statements

JOHN BATTISTA (incumbent)

John Battista is a life-long Mahopac resident, and has served for the past three years as an active member of the Library Board. He was chairman of the Advancement and Public Relations committee for two years, and currently chairs the Building and Contracts committee.

John attended Mahopac High School, and received a B.A. from Villanova University. He is a former Senior Vice-President of Marketing for a research firm, and is now working in retail.

John prides himself on his dedication to his community which is demonstrated by his membership in The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, The American Legion, and the Italian American Club of Mahopac.

FRANK J. DEL CAMPO (incumbent)

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.

Frank 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, Frank accepted a position as Deputy County Executive and served in that position until he retired in 2006.

A current MPL Board member, Frank would like “to continue to serve my community and offer my administrative experience to make decisions regarding the maintenance of the building for the future.” If elected, he looks forward to working together as a team with his fellow Board members.

JOSEPH J. TOCK (incumbent)

Joseph J. Tock is a self-employed attorney with a law office in Mahopac. He has been practicing law for 38 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 seventh term as a trustee, having served 18 years, including his most recent two year term as President of the Library Board. He has served on or chaired the Board Development, Bylaws and Policy, Personnel, and Long-Range Planning committees.

A member of the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce since 1992, Joe received the “Business Person of the Year” award from the Chamber in 2006. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Past President of the Putnam County Bar Association. He is also a former member of 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. He lives in Carmel with his wife, Jean, and has raised 3 children in this community, all of whom attended Mahopac public schools. “I live, work, and play in this community,” says Tock, “and the community is the heart of our Library. I believe in the quality of life that we are privileged to have here in Putnam County.”


John V. Nicolais has lived in Mahopac for 30+ years with his wife, daughter, and two sons. He received his undergraduate degree in History from New York University, and obtained a Masters Degree in Financial Management from Pace University.

In addition to his accounting background, John served on the Mahopac Central School District’s Health Advisory Council as well as one year on the Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory committee. He has been an MSA coach, a Sunday school teacher, and served on the Journal News Reader’s panel.

John states that as a Board member it is important to concentrate on the main objectives of a library – which are to maintain the facility, and to provide as many resources as possible for the patron’s use.

Budget Vote

Key Budget Points for Fiscal Year 2021-2022:


    • The Library budget is under the tax cap; the levy is unchanged from FY 2020-2021.
    • The Library materials line has been increased to keep up with the demand for eBooks, audiobooks, and movies available on hoopla, kanopy, and Overdrive.
    • The supplies line includes ongoing costs of PPE and cleaning/sanitizing material.
EXPENDITURES 2020-2021 2021-2022
Personnel 1,375,000 1,375,000
Payroll taxes & benefits 390,000 400,000
Library materials 216,800 240,300
Supplies 27,000 30,000
Staff development 8,287 8,287
Telephone 9,000 11,000
Internet 7,500 9,000
Utilities 87,500 89,500
Dues 3,000 3,000
Building repairs & maintenance 55,000 85,000
Building contracts 55,000 55,000
Equipment contracts 17,500 17,500
Library programming 10,000 10,000
Professional fees 67,000 67,000
Printing, publicity & postage 16,065 16,065
Election & legal notices 6,000 6,000
Computer maintenance contract 55,000 55,000
Insurance 24,000 75,000
Furniture, fixtures & equipment 10,000 25,000
Capital improvements 20,000 20,000
Bond repayment 571,650 0
Transfer to Capital Reserve Account 412,698
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 3,031,302 3,010,350
Fines, fees & gifts 42,000 20,000
Interest income 5,000 5,000
Grants 7,500 7,500
Town of Carmel 60,000 60,000
Putnam County 102,093 103,141
Previously collected tax levy 0 0
TOTAL REVENUES 216,593 195,641
AMOUNT TO BE RAISED BY TAXES 2,814,709 2,814,709

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