MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The proposed 2020-21 Mahopac Public Library budget calls for a zero percent increase in taxes and remains under the state-mandated tax cap.

Mahopac School District residents will be able to vote on the library budget and the board of trustees candidates by mail this week, along with the school budget and Board of Education candidates.

The library budget reflects an anticipated decrease in spending in building contracts, computer maintenance, and library materials while maintaining a diversity of programming, technology, and virtual resources for all ages. There is no increase projected in the personnel line. The increase in the building repairs and maintenance budget line is attributed to upgrades and repairs to heating and air conditioning units within the 16-year-old facility. The proposed budget, as well as the full budget newsletter, can be found on the Library website at mahopaclibrary.org.

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In addition to the budget vote, three candidates are running unopposed for the library’s Board of Trustees.

The three candidates are Stephen Baranowski, Eugene Boesch and Irene Cassetta.

Stephen Baranowski

Stephen Baranowski is a Mahopac native and a 1976 graduate of Mahopac High School. He holds a doctorate in business administration and has extensive experience in finance, budgeting, auditing, and accounting, and is a CPA.

He has a considerable history in town and county volunteer activities and currently serves as vice-chair of the Putnam County Industrial Development Agency. He is a U.S. Army veteran.

Baranowski was elected to the Library Board in 2019 to fill the remaining term of a departing board member and in the past year has served on the Audit and Building Committees. He said he is proud that the Library received a clean audit opinion in 2019 with no material internal control issues, and looks forward to continuing to serve on this committee. He is excited that the bond financing for the Library will be paid off in 2021.   

Eugene Boesch

Eugene Boesch and his wife, Amy, have lived in Mahopac for over 30 years, raising their family and using the Mahopac Library throughout their time here. He has served on the Library’s Board of Trustees for two years, being a member of several committees including Board Development and Nominating, By-Laws and Policy, Personnel, and going forward, the Long-Range Planning Committee. Through these experiences, Boesch said he has learned much about the organization, function, and running of a modern-day library as well as other roles it serves in the community.

As a trustee, Boesch said he will continue to contribute to developing Library policies that enhance the lives of all who use its services and willingly accepts the responsibilities of serving as a board member.   

Irene Cassetta

Irene Cassetta is a claims attorney handling professional liability claims submitted by architects, engineers, real estate agents, title agents and others. She retired in 2018 as chief of the Narcotics Bureau in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.

Cassetta’s strengths are her organizational skills and experience in supervising groups of legal and non-legal staff members in an environment that was often lacking in funds and rewards. She said she is interested in serving on the Personnel and Long-Range Planning Committees.

As a CCD teacher, Cassetta volunteered at St. Barnabas Church in the Bronx, and at St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law and is a graduate of Fordham University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

For further information about the budget vote or trustees’ election, contact Michele Capozzella, library director, at mcapozzella@mahopaclibrary.org, or call 845-628-2009, ext. 107. To read the budget newsletter, visit mahopaclibrary.org.

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