2020 Vote – Tues., Oct. 1 (12-8 pm)

Proposition: Shall the sum of $965,860 be raised by annual levy of a tax upon the taxable real property within the Grinnell Public Library District for the purpose of funding the operating budget of the Library?

The budget reflects the long-range plan priorities that emerged from community surveys. The following table reflects the annual increase for households in the Village of Wappingers Falls or Town of Wappinger:

Value of Home Annual Increase
$110,000 $2.43
$250,000 $5.53
$450,000 $9.95

2020 Proposed Library Budget

Category Budgeted Amount
Professional Fees & Contracts $29,100
Equipment/Copier/Telecommunications $30,350
Building Operation, Repair & Maintenance $87,350
Capital Improvement Projects $50,199
Collection Development $74,000
Personnel & Payroll Tax Expense $652,311
Programs $14,000
Other (Dues, Contracts, Postage) $52,550

This vote is open to voters qualified to vote in a general election and resident within the Village of Wappingers Falls and Town of Wappinger (except that portion of the Town located within the Beacon City School District), County of Dutchess, State of New York.

Voters who will be absent on the day of the vote can apply for an absentee ballot – a PDF version of the application is available through this link. Or a paper application can be picked up at the library’s front desk during regular business hours.

Such application must be received at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. The Board of Trustees shall make a list of all persons to whom absentee voter ballots have been issued, and have it available at the Library during regular office hours until the day of election. No absentee voter ballot shall be canvassed unless it is received not later than 5:00 P.M. on the day of the Election.



Trustee Candidates:

Helen Christie grew up in Red Oaks Mill, graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes, graduated the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey with a degree in Education, and continued her graduate work at SUNY in New Paltz. She then taught at St. Martin De Porres School.
Helen has been a Village resident for 45 years and realizes the importance of the library. While raising her family in the Village, Helen’s children participated in many of the programs and now her grandson enjoys the Summer Reading Program.
Helen is a retired teacher, small business owner, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She is an avid supporter of Village events and small businesses. Helen has been a member of the Grinnell Board for 8 years and on the Finance/Audit Committee since 2014. Highlights during her tenure include becoming a Special District Library, renovation of the Children’s Room and participation in the Search Committee for the Library director.
Helen is interested in improving the library’s comfort and accessibility for all patrons. If elected, Helen would like to see programs continue for children, teens, seniors, and all others and continue to work with the Board and support GPLD in any way she can.


Bridget Gannon is a longtime homeowner and resident of Wappingers Falls, where she raised her son and daughter. She was born in Bronx NY; her parents moved their family to Wappingers Falls in 1971. She graduated from RCK, DCC and SUNY New Paltz with an AAS in Community Mental Health and a BS in Psychology.
She retired from NYS as an Intermediate Care Facility Program Manager, where she ran group homes for dually diagnosed adults.
She currently serves on The Village Zoning Board and is also an elections coordinator with the Dutchess County Board of Elections. Additionally, she has a long record of volunteer service: formerly President of the PTA at Evans Elementary
School; Village’s Recreation Committee; sitting Chairperson for the Village’s Democratic Committee; and former Co-Chairperson of the Town’s Democratic Committee.
She currently serves on the Grinnell Library Board in the Building, Strategic Planning and Personnel Committees and was elected board President in 2019. She believes her lifetime of public service makes her uniquely qualified for the board. If elected, she looks forward to continuing to serve on the library board to ensure future generations of Grinnell patrons have access to local library services in a well maintained and functioning building.


Eileen (McDonald) Sassmann had her earliest experiences with Grinnell in the 1950’s under the care of Miss Drace.
She is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary Academy and College in Newburgh. She worked for IBM as a programmer on the high end mainframe systems for thirty two and a half years. During that time she was involved in many aspects of programming: design, implementation and service.
After IBM retirement, she became involved in many volunteer activities: chair of the Village’s 2001 Comprehensive Plan, charter member of the Wappinger Creek Watershed Intermunicipal Council, and secretary of the Wappinger Greenway Trail Committee. She also has been the Administrative Assistant to the Wappingers Falls Business and Professional Association.
She has been a Library Trustee since 2008 and has served as Board Secretary since 2012. She is interested in continuing to help Grinnell move forward – embracing new technology and programs while maintaining the spirit of service and caring that has been the hallmark of the library since its inception. She is also interested in preserving and enhancing the physical structure of the state’s sixth oldest library. If elected, it would be her privilege to continue to serve as Secretary to help preserve the actions of the Board.