2021 Vote

Tuesday, October 6, 2020


Grinnell Library Community Room

Voters may enter through the side entrance or from the first floor


This vote is open to voters qualified to vote in a general election and residents within the Village of Wappingers Falls and Town of Wappinger (except the 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. Executive Order 202.58 extends the risk of coronavirus exposure as an “illness” option. 

Such application must be received at least seven (7) days before the election (Tuesday, September 29, 2020, by 5pm) if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the vote (Monday, October 5, 2020, by 5pm) if the ballot is to be personally picked up by the voter at the Library. 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 no later than 5:00 P.M. on the day of the Election.


Key 2021 Budget Point:

In recognition of financial challenges due to the disruptions related to COVID-19, the proposed budget for 2021 calls for the tax levy to remain at the 2020 level and reflects the postponement of several capital improvement projects to 2022.

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?

2021 Proposed Library Budget

District Public Funds $965,860
Library Charges $19,000
Interest $5,000
Professional Fees $25,600
Equipment $23,400
Building Maintenance $94,700
Capital Improvement Projects $14,000
Collection Development $83,500
Supplies $10,840
Contracts with Libraries $19,275
Postage $500
Personnel $496,153
Benefits $179,692
Telecommunications $6,500
Miscellaneous $35,700


Trustee Candidates:

Three (3) candidates are running for three (3) seats on the Board of Trustees. They will be filled by elected candidates who will each serve a three year term.

Beth Devine taught elementary school in the Wappingers School District for 30 years. After she retired in 2000, she joined the Grinnell Library Association Board and has been actively involved in many of the changes seen at the library. She spearheaded efforts in 2003 to renovate the Non-Fiction Reading Room upstairs and to convert the top of the turret into a study nook. Additionally, she chaired the committee to upgrade the Children’s Room in 2018. Beth served as President from 2007 to 2009 and from 2015 through 2018. 

In 2013, Beth chaired the Wappingers Historic Trail committee that was responsible for 23 signs erected throughout the Village depicting historic sites along the Greenway Trail. In 2014, she was awarded the Senior Female Volunteer of the Year by the Dutchess County of the Aging as well as the New York State Female Volunteer of the Year. She became President of the Wappingers Historical Society in 2016 and continues her work that position.

Beth is especially proud of all the wonderful changes to Grinnell over the past 20 years. She would be honored to continue serving on the Grinnell Library Board of Trustees.

Daniel “Danny” Lowney is a fourth-generation, lifelong resident of the Village of Wappingers Falls. Danny graduated from St. Mary’s School, Wappingers Junior High School, and Roy C. Ketcham High School. Currently, Danny is pursuing a liberal arts degree at Dutchess Community College. Danny is presently working at Dazzles Outpost in the Village.

A long time Village volunteer, Danny is involved in County Players productions where he uses his creative talents to transform actors into unique characters. Danny has used those same creative talents for the Village Recreation Committee by planning and helping with events. Danny has also helped raise money for several organizations by “cajoling” attendees into buying raffle tickets.

As a Trustee of Grinnell Library, Danny has served on the Audit/Finance Committee which reviews monthly invoices. Danny looks forward to being a part of and participating in the continued growth of Grinnell in a fiscally responsible manner. 

Fran Shepherd was born in Brooklyn, moved to Valley Stream, L.I. and graduated from Valley Stream Central High School.  She graduated from Albany State Teachers College where she earned a BA in English.  There she met Phil Shepherd and they married in 1962. They raised their children, RCK grads Lynn and David, and have lived in Wappingers for 54 years.

Fran went to Library School at C.W. Post and got her first permanent job as librarian at Fishkill Elementary. In 1980 she became librarian at John Jay High School and was advisor to the National Honor Society until she retired in 1998.

Fran was Vice President of the Wappingers Congress of Teachers and was a member of NY Library Association and the Dutchess County Library Association. She volunteers at Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center and is on the Board of Trustees at Grinnell Library. Serving as a trustee has been a rewarding experience allowing her to serve her community and to promote the important role of providing access to information for all.

Fran looks forward to continuing her role on the Grinnell Library Board and to plan for the future of the beloved building.