2019 Vote

The 2019 Grinnell Public Library District Trustee & Budget Vote will be held on Tuesday, October 2nd, from 12 noon to 8 pm, at the Grinnell Public Library, located at 2642 East Main Street in Wappingers Falls.

Voters qualified to vote in a general election and are residents of the Town of Wappinger or Village of Wappingers Falls (except the portion located in the Beacon City School District) will vote on the election of 3 trustees and the proposed 2019 budget.

Click/tap here to view the proposed 2019 Budget


Click/tap here to view the Trustee Candidates



Qualified voters who cannot vote in person on Tuesday, October 2nd, can apply for an absentee ballot. Click here to view the Application for an Absentee Ballot here (in PDF format).



Proposition: Shall the sum of $875,873 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?

2019 Proposed Library Budget

Category Budgeted Amount
Professional Fees & Contracts $43,500
Equipment $25,500
Building/Operation, Maintenance, Utilities, Repairs, Capital Improvements $102,301
Telecommunications $4,300
Library Materials & Supplies $80,000
Personnel $424,573
Payroll Taxes & Benefits $186,799
Programs, Publicity & Postage $33,100
The budget reflects 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
Town: $110,000 $2.53
Village: $110,000 $2.42
Town: $250,000 $5.75
Village: $250,000 $5.50
Town: $450,000 $10.35
Village: $450,000 $9.90


Trustee Candidates:

Edward Cheetham has been the Producing Director of the Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College for the past 12 years, and, from 2001 to 2006, he served as the Education Director for the Training Program. Prior to that, Ed was an independent theater director with a focus on new work and adaptations of the plays of Anton Chekhov written by Leah Ryan.

For the past ten years he has served as the literary manager of the Leah Ryan estate, serves on the board of Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers (a designated fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley) and on the selection committee for the yearly prize winner. Ed earned a BA in English and Theater Arts from Niagara University and graduated from Roy C. Ketcham High School.

The Cheetham family have lived in the Village of Wappingers Falls for over 100 years. As a child, Ed spent many hours at Grinnell alternately studying and day-dreaming about how he could turn the Library into a house, a favorite past-time Ed likes to call, “living vicariously through other people’s real estate.” According to Eric Klinenberg: “Libraries are the kinds of places where people with different backgrounds, passions and interests can take part in a living democratic culture. They are the kinds of places where the public, private and philanthropic sectors can work together to reach for something higher than the bottom line.” Ed welcomes the opportunity to support the fine work of Grinnell Library and work with the board to enrich the lives of our community.


Bill Halvey was born and raised in Beacon. He graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School, and the New England Institute at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts with a degree in funeral service. He was granted his New York State Funeral Director’s License in 2001. In 2005, Bill purchased Straub Funeral Home in Wappingers Falls together with Kristin Catalano, now named Straub, Catalano & Halvey Funeral Home.

Since 2005, Bill has made his home in the Village. He has four children, Francisco “Frankie,” Maria, Rocco and Salvatore “Sonny.” He keeps active in the community supporting numerous events and fundraisers. Bill was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015.

Libraries are a special place for him, as his first job was as a “page” at Howland Public Library in Beacon. While on the library board, Bill was vice-president and is currently vice-president for finance and actively involved in the audit and building committees. Bill continues his love of libraries with Grinnell and enjoys taking his children there to borrow their own books and DVDs with their own library cards. Bill is an avid reader who enjoys e-books, helping Grinnell Library become the third highest circulating library of e-books in the Mid-Hudson Library System.

Bill will continue to bring his business and community knowledge to the Board. He is eager to continue what the 6th oldest library in the state has been doing for the last 130 years: serving the community with all the services, programs and resources public libraries offer while evolving to meet changing community needs.


Jane Pells is a lifelong resident of Dutchess County, and has lived in Wappingers since 1969. Jane has a long history of community involvement. She taught Sunday School, was a troop leader for both Girl and Boy Scouts, a volunteer at both Evans and Fishkill Elementary Schools assisting the teachers with reading improvement skills for their students. Jane also served as Room Mother for various classes. In addition, Jane was a member of the Hughsonville Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary for 12 years, and an officer for eight of those years.

In 2014, Jane retired from Grinnell Public District (GPLD) with twenty five plus years of experience as a senior library clerk/library clerk. Jane also functioned as the library’s officer in charge when the library was between directors. Jane has served as a member of the GPLD Board for the past three years, currently serving on the building and personnel committees. We have worked diligently to maintain our historical building both inside and out while completing our renovation of the Children’s Room and an air conditioning upgrade.

Throughout the coming years, we would like to continue to maintain the outside of our building with a view toward energy efficiency. Our Community Survey indicated that many of you are interested in additional programming at the Library and we will use those results to plan and prioritize our actions. Jane would like to ask for your support for another three year term on the Board to work on these items.

Remember to vote here at the Grinnell Library, located at 2642 East Main Street, on Tuesday, October 2nd from 12 noon to 8 pm.