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Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library board: 3 open seats, just 1 candidate

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Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library board: 3 open seats, just 1 candidate

Two veterans members of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Board of Trustees are retiring this
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library board: 3 open seats, just 1 candidate
Rachel Nafis, right, shows the proper folding techniques to Alyssa Gershon-Palma, John Luvera and Isabella Luvera, left to right, during the "Make A Snowflake Project" held at the Clifton Park-Halfmon Public Library last year.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

Two veterans members of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Board of Trustees are retiring this year, and no one has come forward to replace them.

With three seats on the board up for election at the annual budget vote on Thursday, Sept. 11, the only person running is incumbent David Golden.

Current board president Arnold Elman is retiring when his term ends on Dec. 31, and so is trustee Christine Thurston, both after many years on the board.

Candidates were supposed to have filed petitions to run by Aug. 12, 30 days ahead of the election. They are supposed to file petitions with at least 25 signatures from voters in the town they plan to represent.

With nobody running for the two openings, the board is likely to make appointments to fill the seats until next year’s election, said Maria McMunn, a trustee who acts as board spokeswoman. She didn’t anticipate the library having a difficult time finding people to serve by appointment.

Both the people retiring are from Clifton Park, and under the legislation governing the two-town library they must be replaced by people from Clifton Park.

She said similar situations have arisen in the past. In 2011, nobody ran when three seats came open, and McMunn was among those appointed to one of the vacancies.

There have also been years when several people have contested over seats, she said.

“Maybe we need to look at different procedures for how openings are advertised,” she said.

Library trustees are not paid.

Golden, the incumbent seeking re-election, has served on the library board since 2000.

A 45-year resident of Clifton Park, he was president of the board from 2007-2009, and was on the board when the current library on Moe Road was built, replacing a much smaller facility.

“When we choose to create and support a library, it demonstrates our maturity and progress as a community,” Golden said in a news release.

The vote will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 11 at the library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park.

The proposed budget being voted on that day includes a $3,975,000 tax levy, which is expected to require a tax rate increase of less than one-half percent.

A budget information session will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library.

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