Call For Library Board Candidates In Sag Harbor

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The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Dana Shaw

The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor has issued an open call for candidates for the library Board of Trustees.

Due to temporary term extensions put in place due to COVID-19, five of the eight seats on the board will be up for election this year.

Among those up for reelection are Gloria Primm Brown, the board’s president, and William McCoy, who both were allowed to remain in office this year after the board amended its bylaws to suspend the annual election and budget vote last year due to the pandemic.

Three other three-year terms are also open. Susan Edwards is completing her second three-year term, which is the current term limit, and Trustee Nicholas Knab is moving from the East End. Incumbent Trustee Ann Sutphen is eligible to seek a second term.

Nominating petitions are available from library director Catherine Creedon or the library’s reference desk daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Candidates are required to collect the names of 25 residents of the Sag Harbor School District and may also write a brief statement of 350 words or less on their nomination form outlining their qualifications.

This year, candidates must select either a petition for a three-year term or a two-year term, and may only submit a petition for one of those two options. Petitions must be filed with the director’s office no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7.

Candidates will be invited to participate in the library board’s annul budget hearing and trustee forum on September 22 at 5 p.m.

The trustee and budget vote will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 7.

The three candidates running for the seats with three-year terms who receive the highest number of votes will be elected, and the two candidates running for the two two-year terms who receive the highest number of votes will be elected. All terms begin on January 1, 2022.

For information, or to receive a digital copy of the nomination form, please contact Ms. Creedon at (631) 725-0049, extension 223, or by email at catherine@johnjermain.org.

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