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* This article first appeared in The
Times Herald-Record on May 28, 2001. Used by permission.
Residents in this area who will now be able to check materials
out of the Thrall Library come Jan. 1 owe a special debt of gratitude
to Orange County Legislator Jeff Berkman.
He [Berkman] initiated the idea of creating a library district
and worked on it over the years to make the necessary changes which
would ensure its passage. He had nothing to gain personally from
all this hard work since his constituency already had library privileges
and indeed are the folks who undertook the financing of the bond
which paid for the construction of the beautiful library we are
blessed with. He is a person with vision and we need such people
if we are to continue as a democracy.
Thanks also are due to Sen. William Larkin, who obtained
the necessary financial support, to Assemblyman Jake Gunther
and also to Robert Hubsher, the new director of the Ramapo-Catskill
library system, who helped resolve the conflicts in the bill and
pushed for a referendum date.
The affected communities were fortunate to have the devoted help
of mothers whose children could not be assured of continued library
services. Two who come to mind are Rosanne Sullivan and newly
elected library trustee Joan Hutchinson. Thank you all.
Town of Wallkill