2024 Budget Vote & Trustee Election

2024 Budget Passed

97 YES

12 NO

Colleen Grattan-Arnoff, Peter Kren & Nick Timpone elected as Trustees with terms starting in November 2023

Thank you for coming out to vote!

Registered voters in the Mattituck-Laurel Library District will be voting on the proposed 2024 budget as well as elect three (3) trustees, to fill three (3) at-large seats, each with a three-year term commencing November 13, 2023 and expiring November 9, 2026.

Budget Information Hearing: Monday, September 11, 2023 @ 6:45pm
Budget Vote & Trustee Election: Tuesday, September 19, 2023 9:00am - 7:00pm

Nominating petitions are due by end of day July 28, 2023. Information about the candidates will be available on this page after that date.

Registered voters residing within the Library District may obtain an appication for an absentee ballot at the office of the School District Clerk, 385 Depot Lane, Cutchogue, during regular business hours. Absentee ballot applications are also available for download here in Spanish and English.

The absentee ballot application must be received by the District Clerk at least seven (7) days before the date of the vote, if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the vote, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.

See full legal notice here.

2024 Proposed Budget Information

“Connection Creates a Healthy Community”

A Message from the Director and Library Board

One month ago, the U.S. Surgeon General released an advisory warning of the epidemic of loneliness and isolation affecting the health of our nation. Poor connection leads to poor physical and mental health. According to the report, we must prioritize building social connection for a healthier, more resilient society. 

Your Mattituck-Laurel Library is a place to connect, a safe space to enjoy relationships that are a source of healing and well-being. We invite you to be a part of your community library and stay connected. Here are just a few of the many connections you can make at the Library for your own enrichment and well-being. Your Library offers:

  • Health, Wellness and Exercise programs for all age groups as well as health management advice from doctors and professionals.
  • Extensive children’s programming that fosters happier, healthier, creative youngsters.
  • Connections to film, music and the arts through public art displays, museum passes and programs in the arts.
  • Engaging programs for teens and adults that include crafting and crocheting, book discussions; presentations in history, environmental science, and the culinary arts; community service and so much more.
  • Musical concerts in various genres that appeal to all tastes.
  • Access to technology in the form of free Wi-Fi, computers, scanning, and photo/video digitization. Meeting space for community groups.
  • Outdoor seating in green and garden spaces with access to WiFi.
  • Access to our collections, from traditional material such as books and DVD’s to our digital collections through Hoopla, Libby, and even “The Library of Things.”
  • An accessible, trusted, and safe place for children, teens, adults and senior citizens.

As you can see, your community library is here to serve you. We invite you to participate in a program or two, and to become a familiar face in a family of supportive neighbors. We invite you to come by, and a friendly staff member will help you take full advantage of all that we offer. You can also explore a number of our offerings from the comfort of your own home by going to our website.

For your consideration, the Board of Trustees present a budget for 2024 of $1,678,455. This includes a Tax Levy of $1,663,155 an increase of $2.59 per thousand of assessed valuation. For the average household this year’s increase amounts to approximately $15.54 for the year (or 4¢ per day!).

Please support the Library by voting at the Budget Vote and Trustee Election at the Library on Tuesday, September 19th from 9am – 7pm. More information about the 2024 operating budget and trustee candidates will be available on the Library webpage. A Budget Information Meeting will be held at the Library on Monday, September 11th, at 6:45pm.


Meet the Candidates

Colleen Grattan Arnoff

I was born and raised in Southold Town and have resided in Mattituck for 24 years. Upon graduation from college and Nursing school I returned home believing not only was it the best place to raise children but also one of the most beautiful rural areas in the country. The close-knit community, the friendships I have made, and the opportunity to be involved in a variety of social and cultural activities are but a few of the benefits of living here.

I am employed as a Legal Nurse consultant and a Paralegal in the law firm of my husband, Harvey Arnoff. Prior to this position I was employed as a Registered Nurse in the local hospitals working in ICU and Medical Surgical departments. The highlight of my careers, however, has been as a mother to two wonderful, now adult children and a grandmother to 4 awesome grandsons who have enjoyed the programs available through the Mattituck Children’s library.

I am an avid reader and gardener and have benefitted from the many resources of the Mattituck library. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving 9 years as a Trustee on this board. I was an integral part of this terrific library that delivers the best possible services for the community with very devoted and accomplished board members, management, employees, and active volunteers.

I have been involved in many community activities and agencies over the years. I have served on this board, been active in The Fresh Air Fund which provides summer vacations for inner city children, did volunteer work for The Retreat hotline and am a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.


Peter Kren

Here are some things you might like to know about me:

Born and raised in Queens, summered on the North Fork from 1950 until moving to the North Fork in 1971
Graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School, New York, New York
Graduate of University of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan – BA History
Married to Mattituck native, Ellen Barker; one son, Peter Robert
Honorably Discharged USAR, Captain, Transportation Corps

Community Service
46 Year Member: President of the Mattituck Lions Club 1985/1986
Treasurer of the Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival 2001-2022
Melvin Jones Fellow, Lions Club International 2003/2004
President of the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce 1987-1988
President of the Mattituck Community Fund 2000/2001, 2006/2007
Trustee Mattituck-Laurel Library 2008-2013, 2017-2023

Licensed as a Real Estate Agent in 1973
Licensed as a Real Estate Broker or Associate Broker since 1977
Affiliated with Celic Realty from 1982, Prudential Douglas Elliman, now Douglas Elliman Real Estate from 2003-present.


Marcia Kucera

Marcy Kucera is a retired Suffolk County prosecutor. For more than 20 years, she engaged in the post-conviction review of criminal cases on both the state and federal level. Since retiring, Marcy has remained active in her community. She works for the Greenport Union Free School District, providing support in the High School Office, and serves as an advisor for the school's Mock Trial Program. She also works for the CAST program in Southold, wehre she also volunteers, providing educational services to pre-school children and elementary students throughout the year. And se is an Election Inspector for the Suffolk County Board of Elections. Marcy is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, Griswold Terry Glover Post 803, the Friends of the Mattituck-Laurel Library, and the Wading River Historical Society. She and her husband, a local businessman, have lived in Mattituck for more than 20 years. They have two children, who are students through the Mattituck Union Free School District.


Nick Timpone

View Nick Timpone's most recent CV here.

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