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Supporters continue fight for library

Plattsburgh Common Council is concerned about use of funds

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.

The library is governed by an independent, 13-member board appointed by the mayor and Common Council.

Stuart Voss, also a Plattsburgh resident and former member of the Common Council understands where the city is coming from and also knows the library is used by many. It is especially important to families who cannot afford their own library or recreation activities for their children, he said.

He disagreed with the Board of Directors’ decision to cut staff and implored the city to help.

“I know how this works,” Voss said. “It can be done.”

Chad Chase, a town of Plattsburgh resident, also asked the city to help.

“The Council is primarily in charge of funding and the financial resources.”

Calnon said the budget is not final until it is voted on.

“I think the council is interested in being fair.”

For William Turcotte and his family, fair is having a thriving library with adequate staff. He has been bringing his daughter to the library since she was an infant.

“Plattsburgh doesn’t have a lot that is for children, especially things that are free.”

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