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Plattsburgh Library employees suggest cuts over layoffs

They say their suggestions would save positions

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.

— “There are some things frankly, I would not even consider.”

Brohinsky voiced skepticism at any attempt at fundraising for books that went beyond a one-time shot.

Puschak also questioned fundraising and cutting the book budget. Many people are broke, he pointed out, and everyone needs to give and take. He suggested a salary freeze.

Sherry Silcio, library clerk, asked the board to put as much work into examining the suggestions, which might remedy the situation, as it did taking detrimental action.

The library’s board has come under fire as people question how the fiscal oversight occurred, with the Common Council calling for increased communication with the library and suggesting a lack of trust in how it spends its money.

The board has complained about overtime and grievance costs.

“We have gone through the budget extensively and we know where we are,” said Board member John Prim. “We want a commitment from the union when it really comes to working things out and not just running and filing a grievance.”

“There are two sides to every story,” contended Ricketson.

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