This is to inform your readers that I am retiring from the Board of Trustees of the Syosset Public Library as of June 30, 2009. I have been a member of the Board since 1972. During my tenure, the library has grown and today Syosset has the largest library facility in Nassau County.

Although the library was my priority, I have have been privileged to work with many civic-minded people who understood that our collective efforts and vigilance were necessary in order to make our community the most desirable place to live. I am proud of the fact that, in addition to supporting the library, we were successful in many other endeavors, including convincing the Town of Oyster Bay to acquire and develop the land, now the Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, as well as the Mellon-Bruce estate. now the TOBAY Golf Course. The library was successful in stopping the NYS Department of Transportation's plans for the unnecessary expansion of the service road adjacent to the library. We spoke out against the proposed mall at the Cerro Wire property based on the adverse traffic impact this would have on our facility. Together, we made a difference.

It has been an extraordinary and most rewarding journey for me. I leave with a sense of great accomplishment.

My sincere thanks to all of you for your trust and support.

Shirley Lang

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