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Manhasset Library Trustee Election Is April 17

Five members sit on the Manhasset Public Library Board of Trustees, and this year there are two openings. Heidi McNamara will be running for re-election for a term expiring June 30, 2018.


Elisa Paone tendered her resignation before the expiration of her term on June 30, 2014, and Cindy Cardinal filed the only petition to run for library trustee. The candidate receiving the majority vote will be elected to the five-year term; the candidate receiving the second highest number of votes will fill the unexpired term.


On Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m., the Manhasset Public Library Board of Trustees meeting and Annual Budget Hearing will take place in the library Community Room.  All residents are welcome to attend.


The Manhasset Library Annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election will be held in the Community Room of the library on Wednesday, April 17, from 7 a.m.–9 p.m.  All registered Manhasset voters are encouraged to vote.

–Pat Grace


Cindy Cardinal

Since moving to Manhasset in 1998, Cindy has been an active member of the Manhasset community, dedicating endless time and energy to the public schools.  In 2003, Cindy was elected to the Manhasset Board of Education, serving as vice president from 2004-2005 and president from 2005-2011.  Cindy was a member of the Manhasset Coalition of Substance Abuse (CASA) from 2000 to 2012 and served as their vice president for several years.  Before serving as a school board trustee, she was a Girl Scout troop leader and an active member of the Manhasset SCA, serving in many capacities from hospitality chair to Shared Decision Making Team to running the book fair at Munsey Park School. 


Cindy is a labor and employment law attorney who current works as legislative aide to Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth, a position she has held since 2008. Her determination and passion to serve her community are only surpassed by her love and devotion to her husband and three children, all graduates of Manhasset Public Schools.


Cindy stated,” I hope to bring the knowledge and experience I gained throughout my nine years on the Manhasset Board of Education to the Manhasset Public Library Board. Elisa Paone has been a dedicated member of the library board and I believe that, having dealt with many of the same issues facing the library at the school district, I will be able to build upon her excellent work, bringing my experience with budgeting, human resources and strategic planning.”

Heidi McNamara

Heidi McNamara is running for her second consecutive term as Manhasset Public Library Trustee. 


A member of the Manhasset community since 1993, Heidi is an attorney, who lives with her husband Jerry in Plandome where they have raised their three children: Casey, now a freshman at U.C.L.A., Allison, a current senior and Willy, a sophomore at Manhasset High School. Over the years, Heidi has held numerous volunteer positions throughout the community. She has served on various committees for the SCA and Manhasset School District, and has chaired many charitable events. Since 2000, Heidi has served as the prosecuting attorney for the Incorporated Village of Plandome. 


Appointed to the Manhasset Public Library Board of Trustees in 2007, Heidi completed an expiring term. She then ran for her own five-year term in 2008, and is currently running for her second and final five-year term. While proud of the accomplishments the board has made during her tenure, she feels that there is still unfinished business that requires the working memory of a seasoned trustee. McNamara, as president of the board for the past two years has noted, “It is our job as trustees to set policy and monitor costs in an effort to maintain the fiscal health and viability of the library. To that end, we are obliged to address inequitable policies and/or unsustainable expenditures, which must include appraisal of the staff employment contract that expired in 2010. I remain committed to seeing through the difficult and protracted negotiations with the staff association and to reaching a new agreement that is fair and equitable to both the taxpayers and our caring employees.”