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Forum for Smithtown library trustee candidates

Patrons take advantage of the newly renovated Smithtown

Patrons take advantage of the newly renovated Smithtown Public Library's Nesconset branch in Nesconset. (Sept. 27, 2012) Credit: John Dunn

Candidates for the Smithtown public library’s board of trustees will appear at a forum Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library’s main branch at 1 North Country Rd.

Smithtown Special Library District residents will go to the polls Oct. 9 to select two trustees and vote on a proposed $13.3 million budget. If passed, the budget would raise taxes 2.86 percent on the average home.

Incumbent trustee John C. Martins, a project manager at a software company, is one of four people running for board seats. Also running are Suzanne Mohr, owner of a company that sells computer networking products; Rosalind F. Palazzolo, a retired accountant; and Wayne J. Schaefer, a lawyer. Trustee Charles A. Sauer is not seeking re-election.

The top two vote-getters will win seats on the board. Terms are three years.

The library is nearing completion of a $21 million project to replace or renovate its four branches. Three — Smithtown, Nesconset and Commack — have reopened, and officials are awaiting permits to reopen the Kings Park branch.

Above: Patrons take advantage of the newly renovated Smithtown Public Library's Nesconset Branch in Nesconset. (Sept. 27, 2012)

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