Three seek trustee posts in Oneida Library vote

Published Feb 16, 2018 at 4:00pm

ONEIDA — On Tuesday, March 6, registered voters residing in the Oneida Public Library’s Special Legislature Library District can vote for candidates running for the three seats on the Board of Trustees that will open up July 1.

There will also be a vote on the board’s proposed operating budget for the library’s fiscal year that begins July 1.

Members of the public can meet the board candidates and attend its open hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the library’s meeting room.

The three announced candidates for the three open trustee positions are Patricia K. Albaugh, Gary N. Taylor and Lillian G. White.

The 2018-19 budget being proposed for the 220 Broad St. facility is $421,481, a 4.35 percent increase from the current budget.

This year’s library vote is scheduled for noon to 9 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Eligible voters must reside in the special district, which is co-extensive with the Oneida City School District.

The district comprises: the City of Oneida, the Village of Wampsville and portions of the towns of Lenox and Lincoln in Madison County; and, in Oneida County, the Village of Oneida Castle, the hamlet of Durhamville and portions of Sylvan Beach and of the towns of Vernon, Verona and Vienna.

Broken down by revenue sources, the proposed 2018-19 budget has a Special Library District tax levy of $373,481, an increase of 4.94 percent over the preceding year’s levy.

Other anticipated funding is public funding of $15,000; private funding of $21,000; and library revenue of $12,000 generated by fines and ancillary fees.

“The single largest increase in our proposed 2018-19 operating budget is for staff wages,” said G. Richard Kinsella, board president.

“These are the people who enable the OPL to serve the public for 58 hours each week. The OPL has two full-time staff and 13 part-time skilled staff members, nine of whom earn the state’s mandated minimum wage. The minimum-wage increases this year and next account for more than a $6,000 increase in the proposed budget,” Kinsella said.

There is also a small increase for utilities in the expectation that both the old and new library facilities will be maintained during part of the next fiscal year.

Albaugh has been a resident of Oneida since 1973. She taught sixth grade at Oneida Castle Elementary School for 34 years, retiring in 2007, and is active with the Oneida Retired Educators Association.

She serves as the president of the Oneida Area Civic Chorale and is a charter member of the Oneida YMCA.

Taylor, who is seeking his first five-year term on the board, moved to Oneida from Western New York to become the franchise owner of a Tim Hortons. Since the restaurant’s closing, the Taylors have been purchasing and redeveloping property in Oneida.

While living in the Buffalo area, he worked as a technology teacher for the West Seneca School District, an instrument supervisor for New York State Gas and Electric Corp. and a fuel technician for Bethlehem Steel.

In his free time, he built five new houses and remodeled three others, served as an exalted ruler of the Lancaster Elks Lodge 1478 and was treasurer of his local church.

White is seeking re-election to a second five-year term on the board. White moved from New York City in the summer of 2009 in order to pursue a job opportunity and to be close to family.

She was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island, and started her career in an accounting department at a Time Warner subsidiary after attending Briarcliff College.

A few years later, she began working at JP Morgan Chase & Co. After 26 years with JP Morgan Chase, in August 2012, she retired to care for her family.

Since that time, she has served as an OPL board member, joined the Oneida Rotary Club and become a volunteer on the Oneida City School Facilities Study.

The board is composed of G. Richard Kinsella, president; Lillian White, vice-president; Bradford Adams, treasurer; Patricia Albaugh, secretary; Heather de la Riva; Robert Wilkins; and Katherine Wojciechowski.

Board members serve five-year terms without any compensation.

Absentee ballot applications are available from the library.

Application forms and instructions for casting an absentee ballot are available at the Circulation Desk or online at

Applicants who are registered to vote in the library district will be mailed absentee ballots at the designated address on the application.

For more information, call 315-363-3050 or visit the library.