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UPDATE: Meet Your Nanuet Library Candidates

Voter registration will take place in the Nanuet High School on May 9 from 1-7 p.m. Voting on the school budget and library budget as well as the candidates running for school and library boards is on May 15 from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. at the Nanuet High School

 

Update: Filatov's last two responses have been updated

The Board has a  to fill this year. Board Member Pamela Cirilli is not returning to the board and there are two candidates vying for her seat:

  • Lisa Filatov
  • Tim Donnelly

Patch asked both candidates a few questions about the upcoming election and ask why they're running for the board. Here are their replies:

Why are you seeking a seat on the board and why should people vote for you?

Tim Donnelly 

I went down to a Board meeting to see what was transpiring at the request from a friend that I have done numerous charity fund raisers with. I found that there were issues being placed out on the table that were important but some of the replies were a little off the mark. I did voice my opinion and hopefully my common sense approach did in fact make a difference (the board went in a different direction than the proposal that was raised). Right there, I felt that I could make a difference on this board and give a little back to the community that I have lived in for 15 years.

Lisa Filatov

When I saw that the library was in need of a Trustee I knew that I wanted to be that new Trustee.  I want to participate as a member of this team, the current library board, to advance the interests of the community by effectively governing the operations and promoting the development of the library. I have lived in Nanuet for over 25 years and visit the library frequently.  As a mother of four children in the Nanuet School system, I will be a voice for the youth and families of Nanuet.  Having my grandmother, in her 80's, living with me for many years, I will also be listening to the needs of the senior community. 

What qualifications do you bring to the board?

Tim Donnelly

While my degree is in Accounting, I have been involved in managing different Operational departments and filling different roles in the Financial Industry for 20 plus years. I feel that my experience in the private sector contains important skill sets that I can bring to the table. Personal traits that I can bring to this board are my analytical skills, common sense, malleability, determination, sense of humor and even occasionally a little arrogance with the ability to get my point across.

Lisa Filatov

As an original and current member of a Governance Board founded four years ago at the church I attend, I feel my board experience is an asset to being a Trustee on the Nanuet Library Board.  My husband, Peter Filatov, and I own a wireless consulting business. I attend to many of the accounting and banking needs. Before I had my children I was responsible for the accounting department of an electrical contracting company. I was in charge of the financials of the company and the accounts payables, receivables and payroll personnel. I have been involved with Girl Scouts for 10 years: the past four years as a leader and the past three years on the Nanuet Girl Scout Council. I have a wide variety of experiences that can be brought to this library board and I look forward to using them.

What are the top issues facing the board and how do you plan to address them?

Tim Donnelly 

From the meetings that I have attended, I feel that the top issues facing the board are making this institution a safe, user-friendly community hub that people want to come to. I reviewed the mission statement from pre 2005 and found that the statement was not far off the mark.  The most disturbing part of the statement was in page 6 where residents discuss their preference in going to other libraries. When I went around to get my eligibility petition signed, I found that people were still echoing the same thing that was stated in pre 2005 (see mission statement pg 6), that they prefer to use other libraries for various reasons.

Money is always a big issue. I found it concerning that the Library Trustees actually spent in excess of $13,000 to drill a test well, so they can get an estimate on a geothermal well. When I inquired on this I discovered that no cost benefit analysis or even a break even analysis was prepared. I am all for going green, but a Trustee is not only the Trustee for the library, but with the tax payers funds as well. (See minutes of meeting Feb 28. In the same meeting, the library resolves that the tax levy cap might have to be exceeded).

Lisa Filatov

The budget is of course a big issue for the library.  I believe the board and director of the library did a commendable job with staying below the 2 percent property tax cap.  I know that future budget decisions will not be easy but I want to be a part of the team that forms these decisions.

Given the talk of a proposed annual cap on property tax increases, in relation to state mandates such as employee pension contributions, would you be willing to go with a cap that does not address the mandates, or do you believe tackling both at once are needed? 

Tim Donnelly 

I do not believe in separating financial issues. One of the biggest reasons for the loss in faith with any level of government is when people feel that they or issues are not being dealt with forthright and honestly. The library’s largest source of income is the taxpayers, and the two greatest resources in the libraries are the books, and the staff of the library. While, I do not see any advantage to separating the issues, however I always listen to a reasonable counterpoint, in case there is a scenario that I did not think about and reevaluate the situation.

Lisa Filatov

The tax cap law has already passed therefore the state mandates must be considered and can't be separated.   In the future there maybe a situation where the tax cap would have to be exceeded.

Is there anything we haven’t asked that you would like the public to know about you or your candidacy?

Tim Donnelly 

 As a member of Nanuet for 15+ years, my wife and I like many other residents have watched our children grow and flourish in this town to a young man who went off to college, and a teenage daughter that is excelling in the Nanuet school system. I do feel that the library in any town / neighborhood / area should be a safe integral part of their town. My intention, if the voters give me the opportunity, is to give a little back to this town by working to achieve that goal.

I was also pleased to find out that I have received the endorsement of Councilman Denis Troy.

Lisa Filatov

I believe the library is the center of the community.  All people, no matter of age, benefit from the materials, programs and computers.  I want to be a Trustee on the Board of Trustees for the Nanuet Public Library and feel I can represent the community well. Please go out and vote on May 15th and I would greatly appreciate your vote.

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Voter registration will take place in the  on May 9 from 1-7 p.m. Voting on the and  as well as the candidates running for  and library boards is on May 15 from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. at the Nanuet High School gym.

In this article, the candidates talked about: 

Marliese Binz May 08, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Marliese Binz My support is for Tim Donnelly, who delivered the answeres to all questions precise and understandable and with an organizational mindset and logic. Ms. Filatov skirted the issue of some of the questions (especially the last two) entirely and left me wondering about her answer. Mr. Donnelly, here's to you!! I prefer orgaization and logic to confusion.
Tim Donnelly May 08, 2012 at 05:02 PM
It was unfortunate that Ms. Filatov had to leave early on the last meeting. Mrs. Kimmel wanted to have a "Meet the Candidates" discussion, but since Ms. Filatov left, I was not afforded the opportunity to speak. I thought about speaking anyway, but I do realize to speak without being recognized is a breach of protocol.
Lisa Filatov May 08, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Hi to all the Patch readers. One of my answers was not included on the responses. The answer to question 4 should be at question 5. The appropriate answer to question 4 is that the tax cap law has already been passed and therefore the state mandates must be considered and can't be separated. There may be a situation in the future that the tax cap would have to be exceeded.
Lisa Filatov May 08, 2012 at 06:40 PM
It is unfortunate my answers were put in the incorrect place and I'm sure it will be corrected. Mr. Donnelly has attended two recent meeting and I one, that is correct but I do read the minutes of the meetings when posted. When I was invited to the last board meeting, by Mrs. Kimmel, it was not as a "Meet the Candidates" meeting, it was just an invitation to the meeting. It is unfortunate that Mr. Donnelly was not at the Nanuet Civic Association meeting last week, a meeting we were both invited to speak at, because I did get to address the community.
Tim Donnelly May 08, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Yes, it was unfortunate that I had a funeral to attend to. I posted an apology to the Nanuet Civic Associaton that I could not attend.
Brian Booth May 09, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I'm sorry. I do not understand that the answer to #4 & % are switched. In that case it does not really make any sense, unless it has been corrected. If so, then I am only slightly confused. But I have a question about security and protecting tax payer property. What are your feelings about the DVD and other property loss and of people who constantly violate policy?
Lauren from the Lake May 09, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I'm sorry Lisa but you lost me. Question 4 was: "Given the talk of a proposed annual cap..." and your response was "The tax cap law has already been passed and..." just like it already says. Is "The tax cap law has already passed..." the answer you really want for the question "Given the talk of a proposed annual cap..." or something else? Question 5 was: "Is there anything we haven't asked..." , and I should replace "Please go out and vote .." with "The tax cap law has already passed therefore..." from question number four. Right?
Lisa Filatov May 09, 2012 at 03:42 PM
AS OF TODAY 5/9/12 - My answers questions 4 and 5 that were incorrect are correct now. I'm sorry you didn't understand my answer, Lauren from the Lake. I believe this question (Number 4) should not have been asked. The questions was "Given the talk of a proposed annual cap....." and I responded that this tax cap has already been passed last year. There is no proposal anymore, it's a law that is effective for the fiscal year beginning in 2012 and for the 2012-13 school year. I'm not sure if this answers your question, if it does not, please ask me what specifically you don't understand.
Lisa Filatov May 09, 2012 at 04:32 PM
The DVD thefts has become quite an issue. I reviewed what the Board and the Director are doing about this problem and found that they are working very hard at controlling the situation. There are a few security options available, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), an extra case over existing case, security strips that when the DVD is checked out the strip is deactivated, and keeping the DVDs behind the check out desk. This last options is what the library is currently working on, but they do not have enough space for the whole collection. The other options are quite expensive and do not outweigh the cost of the stolen DVDs and books, due the budget at present. I know that Ms. Bell was to attend a meeting with the Clarkstown Police Department to discuss effective security measures at libraries. There was also a guest speaker at the last board meeting that was very informative on this subject and on how to deal with people who violate policy. I believe his recommendation on training librarians and all library personnel on how to effectively deal with these issues is a good start.
Brian Booth May 09, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Actually, they do have enough space behind the desk in the side room.
Brian Booth May 09, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Also I believe the librarians should not be acting as security in addition to their other duties. The Librarians should not have to confront someone at night in the parking lot who is stupid enough to steal from the library, who lend you DVDs for free. I was in attendance at the last meeting and Mr. Daly also has a security staff and relies heavily on electronic devices. Mr. Daly also stated that there is "Zero" tolerance in Queens and they call the police and ban people regularly, something the director does not want to do. Here lies the problem.
Tim Donnelly May 09, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Brian- Excellent points you bring up. Here is my take on these: I asked at the last meeting during the public forum the following question: - What is happening with the security money in the budget (was 8,500 and subsequently trimmed to 5,000 based on the mailing I received). I thing that the librarians should not be walking to their cars at 9:00PM without the benefit of a security presence. If you go to the schools and see all of the security that is there all of the time. Why shouldn't the librarians (and customers) be afforded the same? Why should the librarians have to call the authorities for a problem when the school does not?
Tim Donnelly May 10, 2012 at 04:19 PM
On the DVD thefts: My big problem with all of these DVD theft issues is that we all do not know how big the problem is. My question for next month was actually going to focus on getting our "arms around" the scope of the problem and ask the board to revisit having an inventory taken on the DVD’s. I think that the tax payers should know: -How many DVDs were purchased? -How many are on the shelves? -How many are out on loan? -What is expensed out due to loss or damage? While some of the DVD's are in the back and on shelves, a lot of our tax dollars are not. Maybe we should find out how many of our tax dollars were taken out of the cases that were not put behind the shelves. We should also look at the spacing and decide if the additional room will assist us. My reasoning is this: In the March meeting Mrs. Bell spoke about 119 DVD's that were deleted from the list over the last 2 years with a disclaimer that this was not due to an actual count, but what they discovered missing (Approx. 5 a month) and deleted from their inventory lists. However, February yielded 18 missing DVD's, which is a dramatic increase.
KB Moss May 10, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Thank you to both Ms. Filatov and Mr. Donnelly for running. I do have a couple question and concerns. -Do either of you own a library card? How often do you frequent the library? -Mr. Donnelly, in reading your statements all I'm reading is "I", "I", "I". Do you really feel that you will be effective on the board with a non-team player attitude? -Mr. Donnelly, you state "making this institution a safe, user-friendly community hub that people want to come to." Which people are you talking too? I'm at the library at least once a week with my school age kids, along with many other mothers and their children. If we didn't feel the library was safe, we would not be bringing the children to the library. The library is user-friendly, so I'm not sure HOW you would make it better. -Going back to increasing security at the library. The schools are in fact cutting back on security at the schools. Dr. McNeill last night at the PTA meeting, stated that would be the next area to be cutting from an already lean budget. Are you honestly suggesting that the Librarians need someone wearing a uniform, need to escort them to their cars? I'm sure that they have figured out how leave in groups together at night. To be honest the security guards at the school just keep an eye on the door and call for help, if need be. I'm sure the librarians are more than capable. Thank you both for your time.
Brian Booth May 10, 2012 at 09:02 PM
KB - Your statement at the candidates is a little nasty and uncalled for. Here are SOME of the problems at the library. The library has been loosing approx. $5,000 a year in DVD thefts. There are people who view porn on the computers in the adult area. There are people who are abusive to the staff and other patrons. The school is cutting the guards who are their for omnipresence only, but they do have a school resource officer (Po Arbucco) from Clarkstown PD everyday as well as a DARE officer who comes to the middle school. A presence is at the schools but none at the library.
KB Moss May 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Mr. Booth, I was merely expressing to the candidates MY concerns. I believe I'll wait for the candidates to address my issues.
Lisa Filatov May 10, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Hi KB Moss - I do have a library card and have for a long time, probably over 20 years. I attend the 2 monthly book clubs the library offers and bring my children there. I am probably at the library at least 4 times a month.
Tim Donnelly May 11, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Question: Mr. Donnelly, in reading your statements all I'm reading is "I", "I", "I". Do you really feel that you will be effective on the board with a non-team player attitude? Answer: That is not a “non-team player” attitude, it is me letting the voters have a glimpse of how I stand on issues and qualifications so they can make an informed decision. I do raise questions to the Board when I attend meetings, I do offer my opinion and I do want that reflected to the voters. I did actually think about “cookie cutter” answers, but then why bother to run. Also, In the March meeting, I did start off by stating that my inquiries are meant to be constructive to the Library and always asked the Board to consider these proposals. If you can find the time, you should come down to a board meeting, it’s quite interesting. Please also note: You do not survive in the corporate world today without team management skills
Tim Donnelly May 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Question: Mr. Donnelly, you state "making this institution a safe, user-friendly community hub that people want to come to." Which people are you talking too? I'm at the library at least once a week with my school age kids, along with many other mothers and their children. If we didn't feel the library was safe, we would not be bringing the children to the library. The library is user-friendly, so I'm not sure HOW you would make it better Answer: The people I am talking to are the voters. By Safe- I will not leave a stone unturned until this community does not give library cards to level 1 sex offenders on Megans List. I want a security presence in that Library. Back in 2006 when the security company was contracted there were a lot of problems there. We used a local vendor that was not just a guard, but a stakeholder in the library due to his ties with the community. There are other problems there besides security that have to be dealt with (There is stagnant water sitting in the elevator shaft that they have been trying to get a service over there since the hurricane). Stagnant waters can get people sick, and this exposes the Library to a lawsuit. Mrs.Bell has been trying to get this accomplished, but as of the last meeting, she is not getting call backs from the businesses. As a Trustee, I would absolutely have no issue on assisting Mrs. Bell by making some calls to assist her in getting rid of this potential hazard in the library.
Tim Donnelly May 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM
By user friendly- (and this was a big concern for Mrs.’ Bell when we had our meeting) this building was built prior to the Americans with Disabilities Act. While Mrs. Bell and I covered a lot of ground in our meeting, I would love work with her and utilize her expertise to get this done.
Tim Donnelly May 11, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Question: Going back to increasing security at the library. The schools are in fact cutting back on security at the schools. Dr. McNeill last night at the PTA meeting, stated that would be the next area to be cutting from an already lean budget. Are you honestly suggesting that the Librarians need someone wearing a uniform, need to escort them to their cars? I'm sure that they have figured out how leave in groups together at night. To be honest the security guards at the school just keep an eye on the door and call for help, if need be. I'm sure the librarians are more than capable. Answer: The school cutting back on security is too generic a statement for me to opine on. The school also has a police officer on premise in the middle school. I have independently researched this and I believe that Security guards are the best deterrents for all crime, including theft. Staff generally are more productive and happy when they feel secure in their environment. They can also be trained in a variety of functions such as CPR. Also, who here has not asked some security guard for directions /guidance first. For example, coming into the library for the first time for a meeting, wouldn’t it be natural to ask the guard, “Where is the Trustee Meeting being held?” It depends on how we use the resource. I will end off this with the following link that I found to be helpful in the benefits of a security guard. http://www.business.com/guides/using-security-guards-1113/
Tim Donnelly May 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I hope this answers the bulk, if not all of your questions about my positions. Now please make sure you go out and vote on Tuesday for whomever you feel would be best suited for the position! Happy mother’s day Ms. Moss.
Tim Donnelly May 11, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I do apologize, but my initial post did not take ad I am at a different computer. Thank you for the opportunity to address some of your questions. This really assists me in getting my message out! To ensure that I address all of your questions, I have answered the first question here and placed the other replies below: Question: Do either of you own a library card? How often do you frequent the library? - Answer: Funny, that is the same question Ms. Bell asked me. Great minds think alike I guess. Yes, I own a library card. The last book that I took out was "Groucho" - The biography of Groucho Marx. I highly recommend it. I more was using the "audio books section" because I drive a couple of hours a day. I really enjoyed the Grisham novels there. In the last two months, i have made it my business to go to the library at least once a week, but I was more using the Internet services there, and refamiliarizing myself with the Library, especially the concerns that Mrs. Bell had mentioned to me and at the Trustee meetings. I haven't been taking out books lately due to the enourmous amount of of books and audio books I received from my family during the holidays.
Tim Donnelly May 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Lisa: Just waned to wish you a very Happy Mothers day and Good Luck on Tuesday! I also want to wish all the moms who read the Patch a Happy others Day as well! My weekend is up in the air and I a not sure how and when I'll be logging in (sporadically, probably)
Lisa Filatov May 11, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Good luck to you too, Tim and enjoy your weekend. Happy Mother's Day too all the moms and to those who are the mother figure in someones life. You are all appreciated!
Terry W. May 12, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Well done Tim, and without revisions to the original question responses. You show me you're able to think on your feet which is what is needed. Good Luck on Tuesday. My vote is still with you! PS to KB: when "I" am asked a question it is only appropriate that "I" give the response. When anybody is asked a direct question and does not give a direct answer of their own mindset I have to wonder why. As for your response to Mr. Booth: "MY" is tantamount to "I" but does not preclude anyone from being a team player.
KB Moss May 14, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Thank you to both Ms. Filatov and Mr. Donnelly for addressing my questions and concerns. Good Luck Tomorrow.
Tim Donnelly May 14, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Ms. Moss: I should be thanking you! I received several compliments over the weekend from people who saw your questions to me and my replies. Kindest regards, Tim D.
NoName May 15, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I attended a recent meeting in the library and the trustees basically stated there is absolutely no security of any kind in our library? In this day and age that is absolutely ridiculous and needs to be addressed. I am in favor of spending money on security to keep perverts aand undesireables out of our library. Also needed is some type video surveillance and prosecution of thieves who steal taxpayer property. If there is an incident an old outdated security system is of no value and will serve to be an embarassment should good video footage be needed in a criminal matter. I stand with Tim Donnelly as I think he has the communities interest at heart and not the Library board of trustees.
Tim Donnelly May 15, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Thank you--- I hope you are voting,

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