Library Voters Head to the Polls

The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.
The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

By Kathryn G. Menu

On Saturday, residents in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack will have the opportunity to weigh in on a proposed $1,312,900 operating budget for the Hampton Library, with four Bridgehampton residents also on the ballot in an uncontested race for seats on the library board.

Four candidates, including three incumbents, are running for positions on the nine-member board — made up of residents from Bridgehampton and Sagaponack. All the candidates represent Bridgehampton, meaning only residents of that hamlet can vote in that election. Board President Dr. Louise Collins is seeking her third three-year term; treasurer Jackie Poole, a second-grade teacher at the Bridgehampton School, is seeking her fourth and final term; and Trustee John Vendetti is seeking his second term. Joining them on the ballot will be newcomer Mbachi Kumwenda, a teacher at the Hayground School. The board’s current vice president, Tom House, a Bridgehampton High School English teacher, is moving out of the district and is not running again.

Residents of both Bridgehampton and Sagaponack school districts can weigh in on the proposed $1,312,900 budget for Hampton Library, which is an increase of 16.5 percent over the current $1,126,700 spending plan. However, library district taxes are expected to drop 22 percent because the library has completed paying for its expansion project, which was completed in 2009, removing $560,000 that taxpayers have been responsible for on an annual basis.

Voting will take place at the Hampton Library on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton on Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In Sag Harbor, voting on the operating budget for the John Jermain Memorial Library will take place on Thursday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is open to all members of the Sag Harbor School District.

According to library director Catherine Creedon, voters will be asked to approve an operating budget of $1,792,315, a 3.8-percent increase in spending over the current budget. Five candidates are seeking three seats on that library board. Ann Sutphen is the lone incumbent seeking reelection to a three-year term. Board members Ann Lieber and Jacqueline Brody have reached their term limit and cannot seek re-election to the board.

Newcomers Gloria Primm Brown, Carol Hance, Bill McCoy and Janine M. Rayano will join Ms. Sutphen on the ballot for the three board openings.