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Apr 12, 2017 10:18 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Library Officials Still Pursuing Purchase Of Adjoining Lot

Hampton Bays Library. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Apr 20, 2017 12:59 PM

Despite the failure of last week’s $9.9 million bond referendum, Hampton Bays Library officials are still looking to purchase a neighboring property for use as additional parking.

Included in the plan to rehabilitate the Ponquogue Avenue library, which was voted down, 571-336, on April 4, was the purchase of the adjoining half-acre lot at 3 Argonne Road for $390,000. The space would have created a few dozen additional parking spaces while a house on the lot could eventually be transformed into additional educational space—solving two high-priority needs of library officials.

But the land purchase was dependent on the passage of the bond, as there isn’t enough money in the library’s budget to cover the purchase.

David Zimmerman, president of the library board, said he and the rest of the board will be discussing other ways to fund the purchase in the near future. “We would like to get that property,” he said. “Obviously, that was one of the key things we wanted to do.”

On April 5—the day after the vote—the library had a post on its website revealing that the board would still try to acquire the lot. “The board intends to pursue alternate options to purchase the property,” the post reads.

Mr. Zimmerman, who was unaware of the post when reached on Tuesday, said the contract between his board and the homeowner expires on June 30. If it cannot find a way to finance the purchase by that date, the board would have ask the homeowner for a contract extension, he added.

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"David Zimmerman, president of the library board, said he and the rest of the board will be discussing other ways to fund the purchase in the near future. “We would like to get that property,” he said. “Obviously, that was one of the key things we wanted to do." "

When reading the outline of the April 2017 referendum, one would never know that the purchase of this property was a key factor, as it appeared to be thrown in at the bottom of their over priced wish list that ...more
By sharkbait (32), Hampton Bays on Apr 14, 17 10:44 AM
La Vista and Zimmerman need a clubhouse. How much will it cost to "gut" the dump? More employees, more maintenance, more tax dollars wasted.
The parking argument is a diversion. There's sufficient parking. They use the parking argument as a ruse. What they really want is a CLUBHOUSE.
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 14, 17 4:04 PM
Executive offices of the library??? Teak/oak, air conditioning and new offices...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Apr 15, 17 3:06 PM
I want to give these people the benefit of the doubt but they are making it impossible. The money that is in the budget should...oh I don't know...go to fixt the building. This is a taxpayer owned building and they are wasting our money and letting the building deteriorate. I am starting to think they are doing it o purpose so that they will really have to build a new building. What is wrong with these people?
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 15, 17 4:20 PM
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Taxpayer funded association libraries that still maintain self-appointed boards are private, closed clubs--period. Hampton Bays & Westhampton libraries should get into the democratic 21st century--like the majority of other Suffolk County association libraries have already done--and allow each taxpayer to be a voting member of the association with the ability to elect trustees. As it stands now in these 2 libraries, only the self-appointed trustees have voting rights and can extend membership to ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on Apr 16, 17 8:16 AM
I believe the clubhouse theory because in all the years I've been going there I've never had an issue with parking.
By sharkbait (32), Hampton Bays on Apr 17, 17 6:31 PM
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I have never seen an issue with the parking and no one I know has had an issue with the parking not even on the day of the voting. We all need to go to the next Board meeting. It is the taxpayers' money; it is the taxpayers' building. Where are all the taxpayers? - do they know what is going on? We need to spread the word.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 17, 17 7:12 PM
Two interesting editorials in the recent 4/13 edition of The Press, both addressing the Hampton Bays Library issue. Phil Keith asks, "Are Libraries Obsolete?." Part of his piece speaks directly to your comment above, HB Proud. And I'm glad to see him come out in favor of publicly elected boards. There's also one of the main editorials, "Back to Basics," talking about the new plan (purchasing 3 Argonne Road) and the board needing to regain the trust of the taxpayers.
By st (129), westhampton beach on Apr 17, 17 7:29 PM
For me, it is beyond them regaining my trust. It is the fact that I believe they are incapable of understanding the basic concept of the adverse effect of higher taxes on the HB community. They should spend more time at the library studying economics 101 instead of taking the chair yoga class.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 18, 17 12:13 AM
I agree about economics 101 and the adverse effect of higher taxes. Typically, high taxes are a deterrent when it comes time to sell your home, and often higher taxes correlate to lower home values (look at some areas of Nassau County). However, I do believe in taxes in general (when I’m able to elect my representatives) and in the need to upgrade and maintain. I’m also very pro library as an institution.

But you're right. Then there’s excess, or an unsustainable amount ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on Apr 18, 17 7:30 AM
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Maybe they want to use the new building to for the Mexican Consulate that they advertised in their recent bulletin. I thought it was an April Fool's Day joke, but apparently they are just trying to make fools of the hard working taxpayers of HB. How did this happen? How many closed door meetings happened? Aren't consulates sovereign and therefore the laws don't apply and they can harbor criminals? Is it legal for a publicly funded library to do this?
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 18, 17 9:07 PM
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HB Proud: Please elaborate re: "Mexican Consulate". I cant find the recent bulletin.. The 390Gs for 3 Argonne is just the tip of the iceberg. La Vista and Dimmerman will want 5 to 10 million to "gut" and rennovate 3 Argonne. Why should their clubhouse not be palacial ? Parking has never been a problem.
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 18, 17 9:55 PM
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The May/June 2017 bulletin bottom of page 8 "Good News! We are pleased to announce that the Mexican Consulate will be at the Hampton Bays Library in the Spring. ......may access the same services ...just as they would in the Manhattan office.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 18, 17 10:44 PM
Thanks HB Proud for your quick response, I hope everyone knows about this. Why is it "Good News". to the average Hampton Bays Taxpayer? Why is the Mexican Consulate coming to HB? Please LaVista tell this hard working HB taxpayer why this is"Good News" ? " Good News" will be when you and the board resign and get your hands out of my pockets.
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 19, 17 12:04 AM
HB proud they will vote on this library until it passes it is a socialist tactic.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 19, 17 12:37 AM
More than 50% of the residents of Hampton Bays are now living in Spanish speaking homes. The Mexican Consulate would be a good starting point for these residents to begin learning their rights as non citizens in our Town. If they can't vote, and don't have a path to US citizenship they should know who represents them and the Mexican government is a starting point. If the library is available, why not allow them to peaceably assemble and hear what the Mexican government has to say. I am curious ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 19, 17 5:46 AM
I have no problem with the Mexican Consulate opening in HB - let them rent a space just like they do in Manhattan. The Library is paid for by the taxpayers of HB and should be...oh I don't know....a LIBRARY. It is not a social service agency, a dance and exercise studio, a free baby sitting service. These Board members are out of control and need to be stopped.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 19, 17 8:19 AM
The Westhampton Library is now in the retail business, selling sweatshirts. I requested a book for book club. Waited 8 weeks, needed it, couldn't wait any longer--so I purchased the book on Amazon. Can't get a book at my library, but I can buy a sweatshirt!
A friend also waited approximately 8 weeks recently for a different book. I agree HB Proud, it's a LIBRARY. Sure, times change, we/things evolve, but let's not lose sight of what the primary focus should be. And when does it all become ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on Apr 19, 17 1:20 PM
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meh -- don't get all riled up. if the space is free and some folks want to use it for a peaceable assembly, that's fine. it's informational and the library is a reference information source. if the Irish, Icelandic, Iroquois or Israeli consulate wants to come and give an informational presentation on visiting their friendly countries that would be fine as well.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 19, 17 1:46 PM
Actually it would not be ok with me to have any consulate - none ar appropriate at a public funded library. The board tells us they need more room for parking and LIBRARY space. This is not la LIBRARY service. If these Board Members are frustrated social workers, go get a job at a social service agency or - open up a storefront - go into YOUR pockets and use YOUR money and stop using MY money and lying to us about a library.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 19, 17 2:14 PM
The library is an information reference center for the whole community. Having a series of talks by foreign consulates would be welcome and interesting in our little town, and the Mexican Consulate especially when more than half of Hampton Bays population is native Mexican or Central American. No one restricts you from booking the same venue and educating the community on a topic in which you are expert and experienced.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 20, 17 1:30 PM
Right on HB Proud. LaVista and her 50+ babysitters have a hard time justifying their existence. Consulates at the LIBRARY, another poor attempt to look busy. Next will be bring your pet day and then pet babysitting. Parking is NOT a problem. If LaVista believes there is a parking problem she should order her 50+ babysitters to park on Ponquogue Avenue. Employees should park in front of the library on Ponquogue Avenue on both the east and west sides, about 15-20 legal spots. Go in the front ...more
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 19, 17 3:55 PM
Nice to all these entities (Library, CPF, Fire District, etc..) are flush with cash. This "use it or lose it" mentality with taxpayers dollars is reprehensible. Enough already.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Apr 19, 17 4:15 PM
I've lost faith with the entire board of trustees and no longer trust the director. I checked out the Hampton Bays library website and cannot find any board meeting minutes for Jan, Feb or Mar 2017. Only 2016 minutes were available. And it's not okay to use tax payers money to entertain consulates and throw wine and cheese entertainment parties when you have an appointed board making these kinds of decisions. By the way, who appointed these people... does anybody know the answer?
By sharkbait (32), Hampton Bays on Apr 20, 17 6:04 PM
Write the Hampton Bays board of trustees and tell them to "add an item to their next meeting agenda: to vote in favor of changing their bylaws to allow board elections."
By sharkbait (32), Hampton Bays on Apr 20, 17 6:11 PM
No one appoints the library trustees. No elected official appoints the trustees. They are self-appointed. They appoint each other. It's perfectly legal, based on the founding charters of these association libraries when wealthy benefactors were the sole supporters and governing bodies for library operations. Just because it's legal doesn't make it right. Only 7 out of 24 Long Island association libraries still maintain self-appointed boards. Westhampton, Hampton Bays and Quogue libraries ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on Apr 20, 17 9:00 PM
Vote down the library budget until the board agrees to ELECTED trustees. Only about 200 people vote for the budget each year. We could easily organized as we have in the past two bond votes to defeat the budget easily. NO VOTE NO BUDGET. Hit them in the pocketbook. The arrogant board needs to go. They should resign in disgrace. They are truly void of reality and common sense. Typical tax and spend liberals. They live in Disneyland with tinkerbell.
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 21, 17 12:53 PM
Actually the Hampton Bays High School marching band just had their trip to Disney world cancelled. Maybe the Liberals and Tinkerbell could help them get there. P.S. Paul, get a grip, dude. The library has books to lend out, and some of those books are written by people who disagree with you. Maybe you could make a list of them and then we can make a big bonfire and burn them.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 22, 17 4:34 AM
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The library is showing a movie today Friday 4/21 at 2pm. Isn't that nice. A working taxpayer can't go to a 2pm matinee, he or she has got to WORK to pay library taxes and bonds. So who goes to these movies? Somebody who doesn't have a job obviously. So now the library is a movie house. When will the insanity end?
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 21, 17 1:05 PM
So, should the library only be open after 5pm then...

Go back to work paul
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Apr 21, 17 1:43 PM
good idea pr, hopefully we will get a good turn out on May 2nd at the Library Board meeting.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 17 5:12 PM
We have a great cartoon at the top of our Welcome page at https://wflelectedboard.org.

Sadly, in Westhampton, we're caught between a rock and a hard place. If we vote down the approximate $160,000 library budget increase this May, will the unelected, self-appointed trustees then start laying off employees saying there isn't any money? They can do that.

There is plenty of money though. The Westhampton Library has over $4 million liquid cash sitting in the bank and plans well underway ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on Apr 22, 17 7:57 AM
ad923: Opening the library after 5pm sounds great to me. Good idea. No more free babysitting service, cut back on bloated staff, working people hours, reduces costs, less heating/ac, etc.
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 22, 17 3:01 PM
dfree; The marching band should have flown with Southwest to Orlando out of Islip. Southwest practically runs a shuttle to Disneyworld, many flights from McArthur Islip to Orlando every day.
Apparently a majority of the people agree with this writer as indicated by the last two library bond votes. I have nothing against books although paper books kill trees. Besides, I can't burn books, it's against Southampton Town Code, you know air pollution and all that stuff.
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 22, 17 3:21 PM
The bond that was voted down had more to do with an out of touch chief executive who thought everyone agreed that spending on real estate development was a good idea. Perhaps if she had a casino on the Jersey Shore with a Hooters like your idol Tweetus McTrumpy there would be money for a new fangled library building...Oh wait a minute that business went bankrupt. Twice. What a great business man he is! Genius.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 22, 17 5:22 PM
dfree: What's wrong with casinos and Hooters? Have something against beautiful woman displaying their assets? Casinos and Hooters create many well paying jobs.
Trump is too liberal. I voted for Ted Cruz, a conservative. Although Trump is doing a GREAT job so far. Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Can't wait for the next SCOTUS nomination. We rule the House, Senate, White House and now the Supreme Court. Thank you Obama and Hillary. Blame it on the Russians.
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 23, 17 12:39 AM
You're funny. A casino on the Jersey Shore with a Hooters should be a money spinner. Except your President Tweetus McTrumpyface somehow couldn't make it... Bankrupt, twice. And your preferred candidate, Rafael Edward Cruz, founder of the Latino Law Review at Harvard is another lying, opportunistic bs artist. Viva el Teddy! Viva!
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 23, 17 4:29 AM
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Hey - let's stay on topic. For starters, we need to go to the Board meeting - understand, why, when they have money in the budget they are not fixing the building that WE own, why they don't have a diverse Board and how we can get those with business/building experience on the Board, under what authority they can use a locally funded building to house a sovereign international governmental agency.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 23, 17 5:17 PM
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Actually having the Mexican Consulate lecture the illegals on their rights at the library is a great idea. ICE can come and round them up by the bus load.
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on Apr 25, 17 4:42 AM
Good idea, we could use the empty diner as a holding pen, just need a tall, sturdy chain link fence topped with razor wire to hold them while lawyers argue about their provenance. A large kitchen means they can cook for themselves once we dump off some food. What do their kids do while their parents are incarcerated? You're right, who cares, they can manage.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 25, 17 8:08 AM
Hey AGAIN, let's stay on topic. This is about the Board thinking that THEY have sovereign authority...the issue with the Mexican Consulate is indicative of the Library trying to run a social service agency just like they are trying to run a dance and exercise studio and daycare service. Is it any wonder that one of the board members runs a FOR PROFIT daycare - conflict of interest???? enough, enough enough....
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 25, 17 9:20 AM
Yes running a daycare -- probably some non native born children in there -- do you have the address? Let's send the ICE man to swoop them up. Then when the frantic parents come to find out what's​ happened to their children we can get them too. Good thinking, HB Proud.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 25, 17 11:44 AM
Seriously dfree, but what are you talking about One of the Trustees fun a for profit day care out of the Methodist Church and then, I believe gets paid, for some services at the Library. This is a complete conflict of interest. Even if she doesn't get paid, it is free advertising for her FO PROFIT day care. She should step down off the board of the Library. The Board has been approached by FOR PROFIT exercise and dance businesses in community to better work together and ot compete and they were ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 25, 17 12:01 PM
important auto correct error..the board has been approached...NOT TO compete....and they were rejected.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 25, 17 12:17 PM
HB Proud, dfree is a high schooler who likes to bloviate on many different topics. He is totally illogical and rambles. Makes no sense. Very sarcastic. He is a young male who thinks he is intelligent. Living at home and no job.
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 25, 17 1:18 PM
Paul, you are not much different. And for your information most people live at home. (where else would they live...)
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Apr 25, 17 1:52 PM
Actually you are not correct about PR. - PR logged on for the first time with the Library issue. Some might call his/her comments sarcastic, however, the library issue is so bizarre, that it is hard not to be sarcastic....and most of know what PR meant about "living at home" - just add" in his/hers parents' basement at 45 years old". We need to stay focused on the issue at hand - a library board that seems not to understand their fiduciary responsibility for taxpayers' monies.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 25, 17 2:13 PM
....or does it on purpose or paid by someone or group to twist everything around. The library issue is very important to the community. We can't let it go.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 25, 17 1:34 PM
ad923: Meant to say" living at home with mommy and daddy". I have only commented on two subjects: The library bond and the horrible Hill Street 78.3 mph murder, not manslaughter.
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 25, 17 2:13 PM
"the issue with the Mexican Consulate is indicative of the Library trying to run a social service agency just like they are trying to run a dance and exercise studio and daycare service. Is it any wonder that one of the board members runs a FOR PROFIT daycare - conflict of interest????

I'd like to learn more about these issues/conflicts of interest. I know there isn't a problem with parking, but for the sake of providing an example, let's say 12 people show up for a yoga class and each ...more
By sharkbait (32), Hampton Bays on Apr 25, 17 4:38 PM
HB Proud -- thank you for explaining how those sneaky Methodists with their child care center are subverting the purpose of our Library. Clear conflict -- you know what else they have over there by the cemetery? A thrift store! Clearly undermining Barboy with their sub market priced used kitchen utensils.

Paul:. You flatter me, a high school graduate! No, I didn't make it through, but have been thinking of getting my GED. Do you think that's a good idea?
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 26, 17 3:56 AM
It is not a Methodist FOR PROFIT day care. The Board member runs a FOR PROFIT DAY CARE out of Anderson Hall. Some of your comments lead me to believe that you don't even live in HB.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 26, 17 4:45 PM
Sharkbait, you seem to ask good questions about the activities of the Library, - may I suggest you go to the Board meeting next week and ask in person. have been following this issue since the first round of meeting about 2 years ago. I am comfortable with my conclusion that they offer unnecessary services or services to a handful of people i.e. yoga class for 6. They should not be using the argument of "overcrowding" and "no parking" to build a new library. Cut out the necessary programs and ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 26, 17 5:51 PM
OK, I'm a little slow, I'll admit it. What does a child care center in a Methodist Church have to do with the library? Please be specific, I really have a hard time following your logic.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 27, 17 8:39 AM
when a person takes on a position of a board member handling taxpayer funds, they have a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers. When a board member has an outside business that may derive financial benefit from his or her position, they should step down. If a board member cannot separate their personal agenda from that of their fiduciary responsibility as a board member of the Library, they should step down. Whether the conflict of interest is real or perceived, it does a disservice to the ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 27, 17 9:14 AM
Yes, still not connecting the dots, sorry. How does being on the Hampton Bays Library Board help a children's education center at the Methodist Church?
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 27, 17 9:26 AM
First of all, we should take the Methodist church out of the mix, since the day care could be run out of a home or storefront. I believe there are currently the same or similar programs at the Library run by the director potentially as a paid employee or independent contractor. (Things that we need t fact check at the next meeting) This both puts her at a competive advantage unless this program was put out for competive bid and/or uses taxpayers monies to run programs that are in align with her ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 27, 17 10:03 AM
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Still waiting for a response from Mr. Hissey. Must post here since Hills topics have disappeared from 27E.???!!!
By Taz (725), East Quogue on Apr 27, 17 9:55 AM
The "Viewpoint" below was printed in The Southampton Press on November 19, 2015. It is still very much relevant today for both the Westhampton and Hampton Bays libraries.

I've intentionally left off attribution because very rarely does anyone identify themselves in these 27east.com comments though I think a great, caring mind wrote these words.

All Cardholders Should Have A Say In Library Elections

On October 30, three self-appointed members of the Westhampton ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on Apr 27, 17 11:57 AM
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To dfree: I will try to explain the conflict of interest regarding the daycare issue by giving you an example. The HB library offers many services and programs for children. A for profit daycare could easily take advantage of these services by transporting children to the library in their van. Many daycares have less than 10 children and relocating them each day is an easy task. If the owner of the for profit daycare is on the library board he/she might promote and vote for more costly children's ...more
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 27, 17 12:20 PM
This is definitely the dumbest witch-hunting controversy currently brewing in 27east's comments section.

getting better by the day ::eating popcorn::

You should all check out the terrible list of nice community benefits over at the library in Southampton, if you can stomach it. (trigger warning)
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Apr 27, 17 12:28 PM
a.....Call it what you want - and based on your past comments - you will. However, I have not only attended several of the Library meetings regarding this issue, I have reviewed all the minutes and all the available documents as well as various NYS Education Law sections. So I consider myself an informed taxpayer, resident and voter. How much have you done except to review the posts? and p.s. we are not southampton village.....
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 27, 17 1:22 PM
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By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Apr 27, 17 1:02 PM
In my opinion, when you have unelected, self-appointed trustees at association libraries funded by millions of tax dollars the situation is ripe with appearances of impropriety or conflicts of interest. I am not in any way saying there is any outright impropriety at either the Westhampton or Hampton Bays libraries but, again, self-appointments make you naturally wonder.

Southampton's Rogers Memorial Library, btw, is also an association library whose unelected trustees voted to change their ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on Apr 27, 17 1:40 PM
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Thanks for explaining everything, P & .HB. it is clear now:. Just the POTENTIAL for a child care center at the Methodist Church to maybe benefit in the future from childhood education programs at the library is enough to disqualify a HB Library board member who may or may not have a personal financial interest in the Methodist Church based child care center, although the location of the child care center on Methodist Church property doesn't really matter. Got it.

Yes, you should definitely ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 28, 17 7:04 AM
Visit https://wflelectedboard.org for information about taxpayers calling for an elected board of trustees at the Westhampton Free Library, an association library like Hampton Bays Library that only allows the self-appointed trustees voting rights.

Together we should call for legislation to no longer allow self-appointments at taxpayer funded association libraries. Only 21% of Long Island association libraries still cling to self-appointments.

The Westhampton Free Library is beginning ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on Apr 30, 17 10:08 AM
How about removing child care from the library curriculum altogether. Just because libraries are being used for other purposes in other towns doesn’t mean this library must follow. The locals have voted the boards proposals down twice and it’s not difficult to understand the needs are different here than in Southampton. Take your popcorn to Southampton and enjoy their programs.
By sharkbait (32), Hampton Bays on May 2, 17 11:49 AM
By the way, the Hampton Bays Library Board of Trustees are meeting tonight at 7pm at the library If you want to find out what Plan C is, you might want to attend.
By sharkbait (32), Hampton Bays on May 2, 17 11:51 AM
BTW, I went to the Library board meeting on Tuesday along with several other concerned residents. As ST as indicated several times in these posts, this is a closed appointed board formed under the rules of an "association". Based on their own admission "they don't need the approval of the taxpayers" to buy the building even though it violates the spirit of the vote. They also indicated that they don't know what they will do with the building. "Maybe we will rent it out", they say when pressed ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 7, 17 11:13 AM
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Thank you, GALombardi. Unfortunately, I think many in WH and HBays just don't realize or understand how association libraries work. Though I will say--you are united and strong in HBays, and vocal. It's wonderful to see.

I, too, attended your library meeting to speak in favor of elected boards in general at association libraries. What I found surprising and wrong was the way the board set up the meeting, the agenda. It opened with public comment--which the board did welcome, and generously ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on May 8, 17 3:56 PM
What is written below was for a couple of Facebook posts, including on our Residents for a Free Westhampton Free Library page, as well as for information for our www.wflelectedboard.org website. A photo was included with the posts that showed a detail from the WHB UFSD budget mailer.

Hampton Bays taxpayers--you're in the same situation. When you go to vote for the school and library budget increases you can vote for school board trustees--but there is no library trustee election because ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on May 8, 17 4:03 PM
st - honestly, I did not realize how bad the situation was until I went to the Board meeting on Tuesday. I will reserve any further comment until I submit and receive responses to the document information request I am preparing which will include their competitive bidding process and RFP process, engagement letters and contracts, documentation supporting the the alleged overcrowded parking lot that has had multiple accidents, etc. I have spent 30 years as an auditor - the documents, or there lack ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 9, 17 12:19 PM
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