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Two Candidates Vie for One Open Library Trustee Seat

Interested Manhasset residents were invited to register for a five-year term on the Manhasset Public Library Board of Trustees. The opening is for the seat currently held by Richard Tortora, who has decided not to run. Two candidates, Robert Carrozzo and David Ehrlich, filed petitions for the five-year term as library trustee prior to the Monday, March 14, 5 p.m. deadline.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 29, when the League of Women Voters will sponsor a “Meet the Candidates Night” at the Manhasset Public Library in the downstairs Community Room.

The budget vote and trustee elections will take place on Wednesday, April 13.

The Manhasset Public Library provided the Manhasset Press with the following short biographies of the candidates.             


Robert Carrozzo

Robert Carrozzo has been a resident of Manhasset for 22 years. He lives in Plandome with his wife Cathy, a local dentist, and their three sons, all of whom have attended the elementary, middle and high school. He has thoroughly enjoyed being a Little League coach in the Manhasset Baseball League.

Carrozzo attended Fordham University where he received his B.A. in economics/finance with a minor in political science. He graduated from St. John’s University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree and was admitted to practice before the Bar of the State of New York in 1986 and the Supreme Court of the United States in 1999.

Upon graduation from Law School, Robert went into private practice, specializing in Real Estate Law. In 1999, he became a founding partner, and is presently the CEO and president of a title insurance company on Long Island. He is a past president and current member of the board of directors of the Columbian Lawyers, an association of Italian American attorneys, which, among other things, provides scholarships on a needs basis to area students. He is also presently a member of the board of the Candlewood Springs Tax District.

He and his family have actively participated in the many wonderful programs that the library has to offer. He firmly believes the library is an invaluable asset to the community and his primary concern is that it continue to grow, serve the changing needs of the community, and continue to do so in a financially responsible way. He feels we all owe a great debt to the hard work of the current trustees and hopes to continue their excellent work for many years into the future.

David M. Ehrlich

David Ehrlich, his wife Mary and their two children, Matthew and Nicole, have been residents of Manhasset for 11 years. His wife and her family, the Gallaghers, grew up in Manhasset. David and Mary’s children attend Manhasset Middle School and the Munsey Park Elementary School, respectively. All are active members of the Manhasset community. David and his family use the library frequently, and have been active members of the library as well as participants in its many programs. David received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1982 and his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University in 1986. For the past 20 years Mr. Ehrlich has been an attorney involved in the entertainment and communication industries, where he represents clients on copyright, intellectual property, contractual and business matters. His clients include a number of high profile entertainers, as well as authors and book publishers. Being a lawyer and an active participant in the arts, as well as an avid reader and researcher, Mr. Ehrlich feels he has a unique and valuable perspective on the important role of libraries in our changing society.

As a trustee, not only will Mr. Ehrlich’s experience help serve the library board and the library’s director, but also serve as an advocate for the library’s members, patrons and the community. Most importantly, Mr. Ehrlich hopes to bring to the trustee position his unique knowledge of how the digital revolution will impact the role of the library as a source of knowledge and cultural resources. “In a few short years, if not already,” says Mr. Ehrlich, “Many of the resources of a library, such as books, magazines, newspapers, and audio-visual recordings will be readily available through the click of a button from a personal computer or mobile device. Ironically, many libraries, including our own, have never been busier. The challenge for the modern library will be to continue to serve the community as a valuable source of these materials not only through its traditional role as an aggregator of these resources, but through activities and programs of interest that provide value to all segments of the community.” As a trustee, he will work closely with the library director to ensure that the library remains a vibrant part of the community in light of the technological changes impacting our society. Moreover, given the diverse nature of the Manhasset community, as well as its multi-level demographic, it will be important to make sure the library serves all ages of the community, with many different comfort levels for technology, and with varying needs which the library should serve.

Given the economic challenges of our time, Mr. Ehrlich intends to also focus on making sure that the limited financial resources of the library are allocated consistent with these challenges. He intends to speak with residents of the community to ensure the library serves the community’s needs in light of these challenges. “We have a beautiful building housing our library in Manhasset.” concludes Mr. Ehrlich, “We must make sure that beauty is not only skin deep, and that our library serves the community in a dynamic way that transcends its physical structure.”