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Plattsburgh Public Library cuts anger public

The Plattsburgh Public Library, faced with a $150,000 shortfall, cut four positions despite public outcry.

The Plattsburgh Public Library, faced with a $150,000 shortfall, cut four positions despite public outcry. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— After the public-comment period, the board voted to eliminate four positions.

“There is a limit to how far we can push City Council,” Brohinsky said. “They provide the majority of our operating budget.”

He pointed out that services are being cut in all city departments. Everybody is hurting, he said, and funding sources are drying up.

Brohinsky admitted he voted for something he did not want to do.

“But I don’t have a choice.”

That did little to appease people such as William Turcotte. He and his wife have been coming to the library since 1997. Their daughter looks forward to the summer reading program.

Turcotte said people rely on the library for books, the Internet and to seek employment.

“These cuts are awful.”

Librarian Kelly Sexton wonders how the library will continue to provide the level of service the public has come to expect.

As for Barton, working for the library was a dream job.

“We should have been given a heads-up,” she said. “I feel you did us a disservice.”

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