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Mahopac Library Budget Vote, Trustee Election is June 6

Registered Mahopac Central School District residents may vote on the Mahopac Public Library’s proposed 2023-24 budget Tuesday, June 6, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library, 668 Route 6.

The 2023-24 budget remains below the tax cap and maintains a 0 percent increase over the current budget.

Voters will also be asked to elect three trustees to the library’s Board of Trustees, from a pool of four candidates: incumbents Eugene Boesch and Irene Cassetta, and Edgardo Rivera and Diane Travis.

Applications for absentee ballots are available at the main desk at the library. Applications must be completed and returned to the election clerk before ballots can be issued. The application can be returned in-person to the library, or mailed to: Election Clerk, Mahopac Public Library, 668 Route 6, Mahopac, NY 10541.

The completed application must be received no later than Tuesday, May 30, if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter; and no later than Monday, June 5, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Completed ballots must be received by the clerk no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 6.

Eugene Boesch has lived in Mahopac with his wife, Amy, for more than 35 years, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees for five years, serving as vice president for the past two.

Boesch said he hopes to continue his role as a trustee, as he finds the work stimulating and rewarding. He said he has gained insight into the operation of a large library and its relationship to the local community. In addition, Boesch said he is able to serve and support the Mahopac community, and do his part to make reading and learning a part of the lives of residents.

Irene Cassetta has been a claims attorney since 2019. After spending 30-plus years serving her community as an assistant district attorney, she retired from the Office of the Bronx District Attorney in 2018 as chief of the narcotics bureau.

Cassetta moved to Mahopac in 2017, and has served as a library trustee for the past three years and as the board secretary since 2021. As a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teacher, Cassetta volunteered at St. Barnabas Church in the Bronx and at St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac.

Edgardo Rivera is a veteran and married father of two kids, who moved to Mahopac with his family in early 2022. He has 15 years of experience in finance and administration, both in nonprofit and local government. Rivera said he is a regular library patron and is looking forward to serving the community.

Diane Travis said she is an advocate for reading and education. As an English teacher for 44 years, she brought her love for literature and learning to her students. Having retired, she said she now has the time to give back to the community.

“As a big reader, I am passionate about the Mahopac Library because I see that same pursuit of excellence in its staff, its programming, its adaptability to changing realities, and its community outreach,” she said.

The public will have the opportunity to meet these candidates at the library’s annual meeting Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Library Director and Election Clerk Michele Capozzella at 845-628-2009, ext. 107.

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