Mayor Mary Ann Holzkamp and Library Board President Michael Maher announce that next spring Glen Cove voters will gain a right that the majority of Nassau County voters already possess. Mayor Mary Ann Holzkamp said, "Our citizens will be able to vote on the Glen Cove library budget and, for the first time, they will have the opportunity to elect five Library Board Trustees."
For Glen Cove, this means a return to city school district library status after almost 85 years of operating as a municipal public library with appointed trustees and a negotiated budget. The New York State Education Department and the Board of Regents mandate it in accordance with current policy.
The geographic community that the Glen Cove library serves has not changed nor has the essential tax base. "What this means for Glen Cove residents is that for the first time in 85 years they have a direct say in how their tax dollars should be spent for library services," said Mayor Holzkamp. Of the 54 public library districts within Nassau County, Glen Cove ranks 37th in per capita expenditures for library services.
Library Board President Mike Maher said, "This change in governance is a step in the right direction for Glen Cove and I am confident that our residents will support our efforts to provide them with cost effective, quality library services in the future."