Relates to changing the hours of the library's annual election and the organization of the board of trustees.
Ayes (8): Martins, Ball, Little, McDonald, Ritchie, Stewart-Cousins, Oppenheimer, Klein
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 158 of the laws of 1988 relating to establishment of a library district in the town of Hurley, Ulster county, in relation to changing the hours of the library's annual election and the organization of the board of trustees
PURPOSE OF THE BILL: This bill would establish that the polls at the West Hurley public library are to remain open from four o'clock p.m. until eight o'clock p.m. for the receipt of ballots at all elections and that the number of members managing and controlling the board of trustees is to consist of seven to eleven members, as the board deems necessary.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: * Section 1 amends paragraph (c) of subdivision 1 of section 2 of chapter 158 of the laws of 1988.
* Section 2 amends section 3 of chapter 158 of the laws of 1988.
* Section 3 states the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: The West Hurley Public Library has requested this amendment to their charter to encourage a higher voter turnout during the library's annual election. Currently, the polling hours at the West Hurley Public Library are from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. These late hours dissuade many from coming out and voting. Adjusting polling hours to a more convenient 4 p.m. through 8 p.m. would encourage greater citizen participation.
In addition, the West Hurley Library has determined that seven trustees can adequately govern its current district size. This legislation provides the board with the option to expand the number of members up to eleven individuals, if deemed necessary, to fit the needs of special projects.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4078 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 16, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend chapter 158 of the laws of 1988 relating to establish- ment of a library district in the town of Hurley, Ulster county, in relation to changing the hours of the library's annual election and the organization of the board of trustees THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 1 of section 2 of chapter 158 of the laws of 1988, relating to establishment of a library district in the town of Hurley, Ulster county, is amended to read as follows: (c) the election of
[three]trustees as hereinafter provided. The trustees of the West Hurley library shall give notice of said election by the publication of a notice in one or more newspapers having a gener- al circulation in the district to be served. The first publication of such notice shall be not less than thirteen days and not more than twen- ty days prior to the date of such election. In addition, the board of trustees of the West Hurley library shall cause copies of such notice to be posted conspicuously in five public places in the district at least thirteen days prior to the date of such election. Such notice shall specify the time when and the place where such election will be held, the issues to be decided at said election and the hours during which the polls will be open for receipt of ballots. The board of trustees of the West Hurley library shall prepare the ballots for such elections and the polls shall remain open for the receipt thereof at all elections from [seven]FOUR o'clock p.m. until [ten]EIGHT o'clock p.m., and such addi- tional consecutive hours prior thereto as the board of trustees of the West Hurley library may have determined and specified in the notice thereof. The board of trustees shall designate a resident taxpayer of such district to act as chairman of any election of such district and shall designate not less than two nor more than four resident taxpayersEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08416-02-1 S. 4078 2
to act as election inspectors and ballot clerks at such elections. No trustees shall serve as such chairman or as an election inspector or ballot clerk. The board of trustees may adopt a resolution providing that such chairman, election inspectors and ballot clerks shall be paid for their respective services at the initial election or at any annual election or at any subsequent special election. Such resolution, if adopted, may fix reasonable compensation for the services of each such official. Every voter of the first, third, fifth and seventh election district of the town of Hurley otherwise qualified to vote at a general town election shall be qualified to vote at said election. After the polls have been closed at said election, the election inspectors and ballot clerks shall immediately canvass publicly the ballots cast and the chairman of the election shall publicly announce the result. Within seventy-two hours thereafter, the chairman, election inspectors and ballot clerks shall execute and file a certificate of the result of the canvass with the board of trustees and with the town clerk of the town of Hurley. S 2. Section 3 of chapter 158 of the laws of 1988, relating to estab- lishment of a library district in the town of Hurley, Ulster county, is amended to read as follows: S 3. Organization and structure. The West Hurley public library district shall be managed, operated and controlled by a board of trus- tees consisting of
[nine]SEVEN TO ELEVEN members. These trustees shall at the first regular meeting of the board determine by lot the year in which each of their terms of office expire, [and the terms shall expire as follows: After one year - three trustees; after two years - three trustees; after three years - three trustees]WITH ONE-THIRD OF THE BOARD EXPIRING EACH YEAR. As vacancies occur trustees shall be elected at the annual election herein provided for to serve for three year terms by the voters of the library district hereby created, said terms to commence on the first day of October next following the election. Only qualified voters of the district shall be eligible for election to the board of trustees. The board of trustees at its first meeting each year shall elect or appoint a president and vice-president who shall be members of the board and a clerk, treasurer and such other officers as they deem necessary. If the board so determines, the offices of clerk and treasurer may be held by individuals who are not members of the board of trustees, and in that event, these officers may, if the board so determines, receive compensation as fixed by resolution of the board. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.