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Port Washington library candidates to debate

With three candidates vying for two seats on the Port Washington Library Board, the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset will hold a candidates' debate Wednesday, less than a week before Tuesday's election.

Incumbent trustee Thomas Donoghue is running for his fourth term, along with challengers Michael Krevor and Susan J. Miller. Trustee Joe Burden is retiring. A term lasts five years.

A budget, up 1.95 percent from last year and just below the 2 percent tax cap, must be approved, too, said Nancy Curtin, the library's director.

Curtin offered a preview of Wednesday's conversation. "What the candidates are trying to do is look at how we can grow with the fiscal constraints on us -- the 2 percent tax cap -- trying to bring us forward in the digital world and making sure the library can meet the challenge."

The library has a number of digital projects and renovations in the works. A redesign for the children's library is planned, Curtin said, and the library is weighing adding a digital media room, with music, photo, and film editing software. For most residents, she said, those tools are "normally beyond reach."

The library lets residents borrow Nooks pre-loaded with bestseller books. Already, some books can be downloaded digitally, directly from the library's website.

After superstorm Sandy, she said, the library may want to buy a powerful standby generator, because like many other Island libraries Port Washington's became a hub to charge phones and decompress.

Wednesday's debate at the library starts at 7:30 p.m. Residents can vote Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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