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Trustee Candidates Statements
My name is Agin Antony and I am currently 19 years of age. I am a student going for my second year at Rockland Community College, where I can pursue my degree in Criminal Justice. I am a co-owner of my father's business which deals with gas distribution and managing gas stations. I am here to run for a position in the board of trustees for numerous reasons. My main reason for running is my desire to serve the community. I have lived in the town of Clarkstown all my life, and as a youth, I now want to begin my journey as a trustee to give for with the community that I have lived with everyday. My next reason of choosing the New City Library of where I wish to serve the community is because without a Library, there would not be any knowledge to share out with the current , next, and soon to be generations. In our everyday lives, knowledge is a key essential in order to advance each day. Literature helps us as an individual to find out information that we seek in order to solve our problems that we may not have the answer to. It can also help individuals to help with our future career, whether a person wants to be a lawyer or a doctor. An individual cannot succeed being a doctor or a lawyer without opening the first page of a book that will give them the knowledge to become what the individual desires to grow up to be. So without taking proper care of our Library and our community needs, the future generations will struggle to get the answers they need in their own journeys in life. My last reason of having the desire to join the board of trustees at a young age is because I would like to represent the youth for the community that we live with and take care of my generation and the generations under me. I have not seen an individual of a young age serving the board of trustees of the New City Library in the meetings that I have been to and I would like to change that. I hope after reading my resume and reading my interest of becoming a trustee of our library, that I may seem fit to serve the library and the community.
As a trustee of the library I would work to maintain our library as a seat of learning and knowledge, improve service delivery and bring this library in 21st century through modern technology, I will work hard with all trustees to work as one team for the betterment of the library and our community.
I would like to be a member of the board of the New City Library. My goal is to help make policy that will assure the success of our library for future generations. My family has lived in the community for 40 years. I've done research for my undergraduate (Mercy College) and graduate degrees (CCNY) at our library. My children started at the library in the Children's Story Hour program. As a New York City special education teacher (retired), I've borrowed books and other materials for my students, as well as using the video library for my classes.
I am a member of the Monday afternoon knitters group and the Thursday night knitting and crocheters group. In closing, I feel that I have much to offer to the New City Library board and that I would be a valuable asset.
Having served for three years on the Library's Board of Trustees and being a steadfast observer of Board meetings ever since, I am familiar with the workings of the New City Library.
I will work to restore the New City Free Library Board of Trustees to its status as an outfit that functions according to its mission and the law.
Now, conflict among Board members impedes the functioning of the Library. While the Board argues, important decisions are not made. Recently, the Board ignored its deadline to tell people who had been interviewed as candidates for Trustee positions whether they were selected for Board nomination. On the day on which those without Board nomination had to submit signatures from at least 20 cardholders to run as "petition candidates," none of the interviewees had been notified by the Board of their status.
If elected, I will do everything in my power to reform the Board's practices. I will insist that the Board adheres to the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law that governs our Library; and to the Library's own Bylaws, which consistently have been ignored for the past two years.
For example: I will not approve bulk expenditures without knowing what is being paid for. I will not accept refusal of Board officers to disclose to other Trustees the status of litigation to which the Library is or may become a party. Nor willi agree to retain Library counselor to employ key staff without knowing what experience and abilities the applicants offer. Such secrecy is impermissible.
As for basics of my qualifications: I have decades of experience on not-for-profit boards. As president-counsel of West Branch Conservation Association, Rockland's land trust, I have helped to protect the natural attributes of more than 1,000 acres, much of it in sight of the New City Library. I have served on the Boards of regional organizations, such as the Hudson River Valley Greenway, and was executive director of the Washington, DC-based Environmental Task Force. For many years, I was a practicing artist whose work remains in the photo collections of several museums; I also was a college-level professor of art and a publishers' consultant. In 1996, I became a lawyer based in Rockland County, specializing in land conservation law: I establish parks and nature preserves.
I have been lawyer to not-for-profit organizations, including the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, Maternal-Infant Services Network of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties; and Special Counsel, Deputy Town Attorney or Assistant Town Attorney to three Rockland County municipalities.
My commitment to the New City Library is decades old. I have been an avid user of its services and an admirer of its staff, whose members I still consult. My children, who grew up in New City, used the Library. Whenever I bought my granddaughter books, I asked the children's librarians for advice. When my granddaughter, now in college, visited Rockland, she used the Library herself.
The New City Library is too valuable for it to continue to be misgoverned.
For the last few years I have attended all of the Board Meetings, as I am an interested and active member of the community in which I live. My reason for running for the Board is my desire to bring cooperation and harmony, which I feet is lacking at this time.
• Resident of the Town of Clarkstown since 1972.
• Raised in New York City .
• Graduate of Assisium High School, private girls' school.
• Work experience - executive secretary at large corporate settings, i.e., Standard Oil of New Jersey, Singer Sewing Machine, Continental Can, NBC and Interbank Card Association.
• Background - Human Resources, Industrial Relations and Marketing.
• Widowed (married to childhood sweetheart), two grown sons and three grandchildren.
• Outside interest - activist in the rescue and care of dogs and cats.
I would greatly appreciate your vote.
Mr. Sabatini has more than 40 years' expelience as a business and financial professional, serving as Chief Financial Officer for 3 different companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has consulted on financial matters with small, medinm and large companies, both public and private. Mr. Sabatini has lived in New City for more than 35 years and ran for Clarkstown Supervisor in 2011. He currently serves on the board of Rivertown Filmss, a community oriented "not for profit"
association. He believes that our library can offer more service to our community by encouraging and hosting more and more varied presentations and events at the Iibl'ary, while still controlling its costs. His extensive experience in finance, accounting, information systems, purchasing and administration will be placed at the disposal of the Library Director and should prove to be a great asset to the New City Library.
Jeffrey Sasson is currently Vice President of Experience Integration at Liberty Science Center. Liberty Science Center is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) located in Jersey City, New Jersey. The mission of Liberty Science Center is to get learners of all ages excited about the power and promise of science and technology. Within this mission we strive to reach all students, especially the at-risk learner. We achieve these goals by providing both students and educators alike with rich STEM hands-on educational programming that aligns with the new CORE curriculum now being adopted by our school systems.
Mr. Sasson has over twenty years experience as a senior executive with near six of those years at Liberty Science Center. As a division VP, Jeff is responsible for the departments that most directly drive museum attendance, earned revenues, and the resulting overall guest experience. The nine departments reporting to Jeff include: Marketing and Communications, Group Relations and Sales, Box Office/Guest Services, Guest Engagement, Featured Experiences, Volunteer Development, Special Events/Facilities Rental, contracted-Dining Services and contracted Retail Services. Prior to joining Liberty Science Center,
other well-known brands where Jeff served as a senior corporate executive include Compass Group USA,
Six Flags Theme Parks, Discovery Zone and Fresh Direct.
Mr. Sasson earned his bachelor's degree from Pace University. Mr. Sasson has been a resident of Clarkstown since 1985 and a resident of New City since 1993. Jeff is also a past president of the Congers Civic Association. Mr. Sasson views the New City Library as a vital resource to our community: A community resource that requires collaborative, strategic and responsive stewardship from its trustees. Mr. Sasson's rich management experience would allow him to be a meaningful contributor of ideas and solutions to the ci'lallenges that present themselves to a library of our size and complexity. As a trustee of the library, Mr. Sasson would help ensure the library is positioned to meet its promise of today while preparing to engage the future.
David Zuckerberg was born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island, and is a 38-year resident of Rockland County. He and Doris, his wife of 42 years, raised two sons who attended Clarkstown public schools and learned the value of the public library from story hour to research projects. For the past 2 years he has served as a trustee of the Ramapo Catskill Library System representing Rockland County. As an RCLS Board member he serves on the Advocacy & Fund Raising Committee and the Personnel & Finance Committee.
Dave is a retired scientist and business executive, and was for many years an adjunct faculty member in the Mathematics Department of Dominican College. He is presently a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. As a business executive, he was responsible for hundreds of employees in North America, Europe and Asia, and tens of millions of dollars in annual expenditures. Among his responsibilities was management of the research library where he emphasized technical upgrades and service to "customers."
Dave was vice-president of Friends of Dutch Garden County Park. In that role, he met frequently with county and state park officials and legislators, and helped obtain funding for the historic restoration of this local jewel, only half a mile from his New City home. He is a 37-year member of New City Jewish Center, and was for many years a baseball and soccer coach in the Clarkstown Recreation League.
Dave has been active in the Youth in Engineering and Science (YES) program at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, which encourages young people from disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups to pursue technical careers. As a business leader, he instituted a laboratory internship program for inner-city high school students.
Dave is a member of the New York State Historical Association and the Archives Partnership Trust. He has received tours ofthe State Library and State Archives; viewing their incredible treasures reinforced his belief in the importance of libraries not just as educational institutions but as guardians of our civilization.