Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public Library Press Release.

August 21, 2012

Trustee Candidates announced for the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library upcoming Budget and Trustee Vote

The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library’s Board of Trustees, along with Library Director, Alex Gutelius, have announced the candidates who have submitted petitions to run for one Town of Clifton Park and four Town of Halfmoon vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees for 2013.  The Budget Vote and Trustee Election will take place Thursday, September 13 from 7 am to 9 pm at the Library, 475 Moe Road.

Jason DiGianni was appointed to the Board for a one-year term, when no candidates came forward last year, and will be running unopposed for the Clifton Park trustee vacancy.  Mr. DiGianni currently works for the NYS Division of the Budget. He has a background in human resources, organizational development, information security and strategic planning. He lives in Clifton Park with his wife and two daughters.

There are four Halfmoon positions expiring on December 31, 2012 and six candidates have filed petitions.  Russell Wise, Jr. and Maria McMunn were appointed for one year terms and are running with Mark Attmore, Joseph Van Alphen, Megan Brown and Margaret Sautter.

Mark Attmore is a small business owner and entrepreneur providing information technology solutions. Mr. Attmore feels his background in process management and information technology would be a benefit to the community. He and his family are avid library users.

Russell Wise, Jr., incumbent trustee, is recently retired from public administration. He was the Chief Financial Officer for NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and Senior Budget Examiner for NYS Division of the Budget. He is currently a member of the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society and St. George’s choir. Mr. Wise was appointed this past year as a library trustee and would like to “maintain the excellence of Library services and programs within budget constraints of a weak economy.”

Maria McMunn, incumbent trustee, has worked in both the fields of business and education. She has a background in project management, marketing, strategic planning, and communication but also understands the importance of literacy in education. McMunn would like “the Library to keep up with technology changes and offer access to these technologies. I want to ensure the Library continues to be a vibrant virtual and physical community center where people, of all ages, can meet and access knowledge. As a lifelong learner, keen reader, and active patron, I welcome the opportunity to work with the other Trustees to look ahead and help ensure the Library continues to meet the needs of our community.”

Joseph Van Alphen is a retiree from the NYS Department of Labor. Currently he is the treasurer for the Capital District Association of Rental Property Owners. His background includes employment interviewer, grant writer and legislation analyst. Mr. Van Alphen wants to “increase public awareness of the Library’s programs and services to the community, especially to Halfmoon residents. My life experience and skills can be useful to the Library Board as we strive to incorporate new technologies and accommodate the needs of our patrons.”

Megan Brown is a practicing attorney and has served on the Albany Law School Board of Trustees and Alumni Council. “As a mother of a young child, I have discovered some of the numerous programs the Library provides for families. Some of my fondest childhood memories, growing up in Albany, involve trips to the Madison Avenue Library and to the neighborhood bookmobile.”

Margaret Sautter is currently a substitute teacher, PTA volunteer and Faith Formation Catechist. In addition to being a teacher, Ms. Sutter owned her own restaurant and managed all operations including; budgets, payroll, customer and vendor relations, inventory control and purchasing. Ms. Sautter sees “the Library as a focal point of our community. I have watched the building and programs grow and change to accommodate all patrons’ needs. I feel I have a very good understanding of the needs of our community and I would like to be a part of creating long range goals for our public Library.”

District residents, who are registered voters, including renters and homeowners, will be asked to vote on the proposed budget September 13, from7 am to 9 pm, at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. 

Halfmoon residents, who are registered voters, will be asked to select four Halfmoon Trustee nominees.  Clifton Park residents, who are registered voters, will be asked to select one Clifton Park Trustee nominee.   Absentee ballot applications are available at the public desks at the Library and online, for those residents unable to vote at the Library that day.

For more information about the budget vote and trustee election, visit the Library’s website at call 371-8622 or attend a Budget Information Meeting on Thursday, September 6 at 7 pm at the Library.

Return to Annual Budget and Trustee Vote