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Lewisboro Democrats: Expand Library Where It Is

LEWISBORO – The Lewisboro slate of 2011 Democratic candidates has issued a position paper regarding the expansion of the Lewisboro Library. “We are firmly in favor of expanding the library in its current location,” said supervisor candidate Peter Parsons. “We will encourage and work with the library board of trustees to rapidly move ahead on a revival of its original plans for a modest expansion on-site.”

Parsons contends that the current administration has been dragging its feet about library expansion. “The library is an important part of our community and an essential element of South Salem hamlet. We think the Republican administration has done a serious disservice to the town by first encouraging the library to commit to an overly ambitious and expensive move to the Town Park, then allowing all hope for expansion to come to a dead stop when town finances deteriorated.”

Supervisor Charles Duffy responded by saying he felt the Democrats were trying to “politicize the library.”

“I have a very good working relationship with Gary Page, the president of the library’s board of trustees,” he said and pointed to the recent resurfacing the library’s parking lot that includes ADA-compliant handicap parking spaces.

“The past is the past and the situation has changed dramatically due to the financial meltdown of the economy,” Duffy said of previous library expansion plans. “We are currently working a modest renovation of the library, one that stays within its means but will still add new programming capabilities.”Councilman Dan Welsh, who is seeking re-election, along with council candidate Peter Gross joined Parsons in pledging to help facilitate a swift resolution of the library’s expansion plans. Welsh has long been a strong advocate for keeping the library at its current location because of its importance to the hamlet and the disadvantages of relocating it to an isolated location accessible only via busy Route 35.The Lewisboro 2011 team of Peter Parsons, Welsh and Gross, along with Highway Superintendent Pete Ripperger and Town Justice Susan Simon, have been endorsed by the Democratic, Independence and Working Families parties. More information about the position paper is available at the campaign website, www.Lewisboro2011.com .

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