MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac Central School District residents overwhelmingly approved the Mahopac Public Library 2019-20 budget by a 356-75 margin last week.

“I am proud that our community recognized the value and importance of Mahopac Public Library,” said Joseph Tock, library board president. “It is a testament to our truly dedicated staff and volunteers. I extend special thanks to the many local community organizations that utilize our meeting rooms and services each and every day.”

The $3 million spending package was up less than 1 percent over last year’s budget.

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Voters also elected four candidates to the Board of Trustees; Elizabeth Costello, Scott Weiss, and Joseph Montuori were each elected to a three-year term, and Stephen Baranowski was elected to serve a one-year term. All four individuals will be sworn into office at the Board of Trustees re-organization meeting on July 10th.

Elizabeth Costello is a second-generation “Mahopacan” and a full-time criminal defense attorney with the non-profit Putnam County Legal Aid Society. She has been instrumental in chairing the Board Development Committee where she worked with other board members to host information sessions for potential Board candidates.  This is Costello’s second three-year term.

Scott Weiss is a certified financial planner who is also serving his second three-year term. As the current chair of the library’s Finance Committee, Weiss has assisted the library director to maintain and uphold the library’s fiscal integrity and financial transparency.

Joseph Montuori, a 30-year Mahopac resident, founded and managed the Kirk Lake Watershed Association. His experience as an educator and his background in journalism and non-profit management will be an asset to the board.

Stephen Baranowski, a Mahopac High School graduate (1976), holds an MBA in finance and accounting and a doctorate in business administration. He is a licensed CPA and he looks forward to assisting the board in his areas of expertise.

Mahopac Library Director Michele Capozzella said she was pleased with the outcome of the budget vote and extends her thanks to all of the community members for their support of the library. 

“I am looking forward to the year ahead—getting to know our new board members and working together with all of the trustees to shape a secure future for the library,” she said.