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Mark Dery For Library Board

by Mark Dery

As a journalist, book author, and former NYU professor, I’ve been a weekly user and strong supporter of the Nyack Library since moving to South Nyack in 1993. I believe the library is the heart of our community, a vital center of cultural and social activity.

It’s also an institution every Nyack taxpayer has a stake in: according to the Orangetown receiver of taxes, 2.75 percent of every thousand property-tax dollars we pay goes to the Nyack library. The Board of Trustees and the library management oversee a two-million-dollar budget.

Yet most of us are too busy to pay much attention to board decisions and management initiatives. Too often, I believe, decisions are made without sufficient input from experienced staffers or the community. The result is decisions such as the recent switch from the Dewey system to the ‘€œMarketplace’€ arrangement, which I believe has confused and frustrated many library users.

I believe the Nyack Library and the Nyack community would benefit greatly from a voice on the board who champions transparency and community dialogue, soliciting your input on important initiatives.

That’s why I’m running for the Nyack Library Board of Trustees in the election on Monday, January 9, 2012, at the Nyack Library.

As a trustee, I would work tirelessly to reach out to the community and to library workers, actively engaging in open-minded dialogue with motivated staff and interested patrons.

I would keep a close eye on your tax dollars, striving to make the Library as forward-looking yet fiscally smart as it can be.

If you have any questions, please feel free to mail me at

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And please remember to cast your vote on Monday, January 9, 2012, at the Nyack Library. It matters.

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