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Board of Trustees

Budget Vote, Trustee Election and Public Hearing

Proposed 2023-2024 Budget

The annual budget vote and trustee election will be held on Tuesday, April 4 from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.

There will be a public budget hearing on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:00 pm.

In order to vote in a Library District election, a person must be:

  1. At least 18 years of age on the day of the vote
  2. A citizen of the United States
  3. A resident of the Patchogue-Medford School District for at least 30 days
  4. Registered to vote

Meet the Candidates!

Aida Alicea

Aida Alicea is a dedicated resident of Medford, having lived there for over 11 years. She is a proud mother of two children who attend Patchogue Medford schools and has been actively involved in the community, serving in the PTA and supporting school events such as the music program and homecoming parade. Aida currently works as a pension administrator at a retirement investment firm, where she has gained valuable skills in finance and administration. She is also a former national president of Lamba Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., demonstrating her leadership abilities and commitment to service. Aida is passionate about literacy and an advocate of the importance of summer reading. She values the work the library staff brings to the community and especially our children. Aida is excited to continue serving her community as a library trustee, where she hopes to use her skills and experience to benefit the community.

Jeffrey Berthold

No statement available.

Albert Pellegrini

My name is Albert Pellegrini and I am running for a position on the Patchogue-Medford Library Board. My desire is to continue and encourage programs that will enrich all members of the Patchogue-Medford Community.
I have been a Patchogue resident for 54 years. I have been married for 57 years and have five children, 18 grandchildren and 3 (going on 4 in September) great-grandchildren.
I am a retired Science Teacher. I worked for 35 years in the Patchogue-Medford School District and I still do substitute work and home teaching for the district. I was x-country, girls softball and bowling club coach. I also developed summer programs for the district, which included Science Exploration and L.l. Waters.
I initiated a Student Mentorship Program through Brookhaven National Labs, (Dr.Metz) which involved students working alongside Scientists.
I graduated Long Island University with a BS Cum Laude and Dowling with a Masters plus 60 in Science.

I feel I have experience to offer the community.

Frank Rignola

No statement available.

Eleanor Ryder

Albert Einstein once said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.”
 I strongly agree with this statement, and have served as an enthusiastic Library Trustee since 2003. I’ve lived in Patchogue for more than 50 years, and, fortunately for me, spent a good portion of my professional career teaching at Medford Elementary School, Patchogue, NY (1968-2004). I also taught at Our Lady of Peace School, Lynbrook, NY and Ellenville Elementary School, Ellenville, NY.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, I was named after Eleanor Roosevelt, and, like my namesake, I’ve tried to dedicate my life to helping others.

It is an honor to serve on the Board of the Patchogue-Medford Library because of its commitment to the residents of our community. The staff is anxious to work with the patrons on exciting children’s programs, giving advice to seniors, and teaching all types of technology. Students of all ages can receive help with school work, children can read to a dog, and everyone can enjoy fine music and art presentations. I have tried to play a small part in the growth of this outstanding library, and our newest addition in Medford, which is very exciting! I would much appreciate your continued support.

Amanda Sanford

My name is Amanda Sanford, and I am so excited to introduce myself and my candidacy to the Patchogue-Medford community! 

As a life-long resident of Patchogue, I have truly enjoyed growing up within this community; I attended Patchogue-Medford public schools, and then went on to complete my undergraduate degree at the St. Joseph’s University’s Patchogue campus. Since graduating with my Bachelor’s in Psychology, I have worked within SJNY’s Tutoring and Academic Development Office, helping students to realize their academic potential and achieve their goals in college. 
I am currently working on my Master’s in Social Work at Stony Brook University, and as a part of my social work education, I have had the privilege of interning within the Patchogue-Medford Library. Library social workers play a vital role in working with the community to access services and to help people with any issue they may be experiencing. My time at the library has allowed me to serve our community, and to understand the crucial role that the library has in Patchogue-Medford.
Our library is truly the hub of our community; so many people come through the library’s doors and the library is able to provide programming, resources, books and knowledge, and information to everyone. As our library continues to grow and expand, it would be my privilege to serve on the board. As a new social worker and a member of this community, I am excited to use my skills and passion to be part of the library’s mission and service.

Voter Registration Information

A person is registered to vote if they have voted in a general, school district or library district vote in the past 4 years. It is not necessary to register each year. If they are not registered to vote, they may register in person at one of the following locations:

  • At the Library on Tuesday, March 28th from 11 am – 8 pm
  • With the Suffolk County Board of Elections in Yaphank either by mail (NY State Voter registration cards are available at the Reference Desk) or in person at the local Board of Elections.  Call (631) 852-4500 for information
  • At the Patchogue-Medford Library by requesting a Voter Registration Form, between the hours of 9:30 – 4:00 p.m. on any school day up to March 28th

Absentee Ballot Information

NYS Education Law and Election Law require that people who request an absentee ballot must fill out an application.  The actual ballot will then be mailed to them.  Applications for an Absentee ballot are available upon request any time the Library is open.

Note:  If the ballot is to be mailed the application must be received by 4 pm on March 28th.  If the ballot will be picked up, the application must be received by 4 pm on April 3rd.

Board Meetings

The Board meets at the Library at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. 


Harold Trabold, President

Betsy Kennedy, First Vice President

Eleanor Ryder, Second Vice President

Bunnie Schiller, Trustee


The Patchogue-Medford Library is governed by a Board consisting of five elected Trustees. Each Trustee serves a five-year term with one position coming up for election each year.

View the Bylaws of the Board.

View the 2022-2023 Budget.

View the 2021 Annual Financial Report.

Minutes and Agendas

March 15, 2023 : Draft Minutes and Agenda

February 15, 2023: Minutes  and Agenda

January 18, 2023: Minutes and Agenda

December 19, 2022: Minutes  and Agenda

November 16, 2022: Minutes and Agenda

October 19, 2022: Minutes and  Agenda

September 21, 2022: Minutes and Agenda

August 17, 2022: Minutes and Agenda

July 20, 2022: Minutes and Agenda

June 15, 2022 rescheduled for June 21, 2022: Minutes and Agenda

May 18, 2022: Minutes and Agenda

April 20, 2022: Minutes and Agenda

March 16, 2022: Minutes and Agenda

February 16, 2022: Minutes and Agenda 

January 26, 2022: Minutes and Agenda


On October 19, 2021, the Governor signed S1150A/A1228A into law. Now Chapter 481, this requires that open meeting documents be available upon request or posted to the public body’s website at least 24 hours prior to the open meeting at which the documents will be discussed. Here is a link to the new law if you wish to review it:

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