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Board of Trustees

The Chappaqua Library is governed by five trustees, who are elected by the Chappaqua School District community to serve five-year terms. 

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Jennifer Fahey, President 
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Term ends: 06/2024
Pam Moskowitz, Vice President
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Term ends: 06/2025
John Harrison, Secretary
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Term ends: 06/2026
Brian Cook, Finance Officer
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Term ends: 06/2027
George Benack, Member-at-Large
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Term ends: 06/2028

Board Meetings & Committees

Regular Meetings

  • Monday, January 23, 2023 at 7pm 
  • Monday, February 13, 2023 at 7pm 
  • Monday, March 27, 2023 at 7pm
  • Monday, April 24, 2023 at 7pm
  • Monday, May 8, 2023 at 7pm
  • Monday, June 12, 2023 at 7pm
  • Monday, July 17, 2023, 7pm
  • Monday, August 14, 2023, 7pm
  • Monday, September 11, 2023, 7pm
  • Monday, October 16, 2023, 7pm
  • Monday, November 13, 2023, 7pm
  • Monday, December 18, 2023, 7pm 
  • Monday, January 22, 2024, 7pm
  • Monday, February 26, 2024, 7pm
  • Monday, March 18, 2024, 7pm
  • Monday April 15, 2024, 7pm
  • Monday, May 13, 2024, 7pm
  • Monday, June 17, 2024, 7pm
  • Monday, July 15, 2024, 7pm

Special Meetings

  • Thursday, February 9, 2023, 12:30pm, 2019-2021 WLS Member Statistics
  • Monday, February 13, 2023, 10am, Legal Training
  • Thursday, March 16, 2023, 12:30pm, Draft Budget, Website Design, Executive Session: Library Director Review - Q1
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 1:00pm, Director Evaluation with Library Dept. Heads
  • Friday, March 31, 2023, 4:30pm, To address Motions not executable on 3/27/2023 due to lack of quorum on premises
  • Thursday, April 13, 2023, 12:30pm, Staffing, Employee Handbook, Benefits
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 12:00 - 12:30PM, Budget Approval
  • Thursday, June 1, 2023, 12:30pm, Library Director Q2 Performance Appraisal, Remote Work Policy Review
  • Thursday, July 10, 2023, 12:30pm, New Trustee swearing-in, Trustee Onboarding
  • Thursday, August 10, 2023, 7:00pm, Review of proposed Charter, Bylaw changes
  • Thursday, September 21, 2023, 7:00pm, Financial Training (NawrockiSmith)
  • Thursday, October 5, 2023, 7pm
  • Thursday, November 2, 2023, 7pm
  • Thursday, December 7, 2023, 7pm
  • Thursday, January 4, 2024, 7pm
  • Thursday, February 1, 2024, 7pm
  • Thursday, March 7, 2024, 7pm
  • Thursday, April 11, 2024, 7pm
  • Thursday, May 2, 2024, 7pm
  • Thursday, June 6, 2024, 7pm
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024, 7pm

Update July 2023: It was agreed in July 2023 that the Library Board meetings will follow a cadence of Regular Meetings on the 3rd Monday of the month (to allow more current financial reporting) and Special Meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month. Exceptions are made for holidays. 

All regular meetings are held in person in the Chappaqua Library Theater. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

In case of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, last minute cancelations or change of venue will be posted on our website:

When the Board requires an executive session in conjunction with a regular Board meeting, we will open the board meeting, enter into executive session, and return to the Board meeting per the agenda.

Public questions or comments are encouraged via email [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] prior to the Board meeting or in person and will be attended to in the first half of the agenda. We welcome public comments, but in respect for each other's time, we require that you limit your comments to three minutes in length.


Standing Committees: 

  • Building and Grounds: Jennifer Fahey (Chair), Pam Moskowitz, Bill Link (Facilities Consultant), Shantell Pena 
  • Finance: Brian Cook (Chair), George Benack
  • Policies / Bylaws: Pam Moskowitz (Chair), John Harrison

Ad-Hoc Committees: 

  • Communications: George Benack (Chair), Brian Cook
  • Personnel: John Harrison (Chair), Pam Moskowitz

Note: The President is an ex-officio member of all Board committees. The Library Director is a member of all committees.

Committee Meetings

Buildings and Grounds

  • Monday 3/13/2023, 11am
  • Monday 4/10/2023, 11am
  • Monday 5/1/2023, 11am
  • Monday 6/5/2023, 11am
  • Monday 6/26/2023, 11am
  • Monday 7/10/2023, 11am
  • Tuesday 8/8/2023 10:30am


  • Monday 6/5/2023, 10:30am


  • Wednesday 3/1/2023, 10:30am


  • Monday 2/6/2023, 9:30am
  • Wednesday 3/1/2023, 9am

Policy / Bylaws

  • Friday 3/10/2023, 1pm
  • Friday 4/7/2023, 1pm
  • Friday 5/5/2023, 1pm
  • Friday 6/9/2023, 1pm

Safety and Security – Discharged June 2023

  • Monday 3/13/2023, 10:30am
  • Monday 4/10/2023, 10:30am
  • Monday 5/1/2023, 10:30am
  • Monday 5/22/2023, 10:30am

Note: All Safety and Security meeting discussions will be held in Executive Session, without public access.

pdfCL Proposed Annual Calendar 7_8_2023.pdf



Section 1. Annual District Meeting. The Board of Trustees (herein the Board) of the School District Public Library of the Chappaqua Central School District (herein the Library) is authorized to require the Board of Education of the School District to give notice of and to conduct a special district meeting and election for the purpose of electing Library Trustees and of submitting a resolution for an appropriation for library purposes in accordance with the provisions of subdivision 1 of Section 259 of the Education Law. (Section 260 subdivision 7 of the Education Law.)

Section 2. Other Special Meetings. Other special district meetings for any purpose authorized by law, including authorization of bond issues, are governed by the Education Law.


Section 1. Powers of Trustees. The business and affairs of the Library shall be managed by a Board of Trustees who shall have all the powers of trustees of other educational institutions of the University of the State of New York as defined in the Education Law (Section 260 subdivision 1).

Section 2. Public Action. All meetings of the Board shall be open to the public. All actions and decisions of the Trustees shall take place at a regular or special meeting of the Board duly called. The Board may close a meeting for an "executive Session" and take actions as specified under New York State Open Government Laws.

Section 3. Number and Election. The Board consists of five members elected by the voters of the School District in accordance with Section 260 subdivision 2 of the Education Law.

Section 4. Term of Office. The term of office for each Trustee is five years beginning on July 1 following the election. (Section 260 subdivision 2 of the Education Law.) No trustee shall hold office consecutively for more than two successive terms. (Section 255 of the Education Law.)

Section 5. Vacancies. Vacancies on the Board may be filled by the majority vote of the Trustees until the next annual election of Trustees at any regular or special meeting called for that purpose. (Section 226 of the Education Law.)

Section 6. Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board shall be held at least quarterly and such Board shall fix the day and hour and place for holding such meetings. (Section 260 subdivision 5 of the Education Law.)

Section 7. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board of Trustees may be called by the President or two other Board members and must be called at the written request of two members of the Board. No business shall be transacted at any special meeting except that specified in the notice.

Section 8. Notice. Notice of any regular meeting of the Board shall be given by the Secretary or the President or by the Library Director to each Trustee personally or by telephone at least three days prior to the meeting or by mail at least five days prior to the meeting. Notice of any regular meeting shall also be given promptly to the public and at least one representative of the local news media. A public notice of each meeting shall also be posted prominently on the Library bulletin board. When a meeting is scheduled less than a week in advance, notice must be given to the public and the news media "to the extent practicable" at a reasonable time prior to the meeting. Again, notice to the public must be given by means of posting.

Section 9. Nominations. Candidates for the office of Trustee shall be nominated by petition in accordance with the provisions of Section 260 subdivision 8 of the Education Law. All such nominations must comply with the requirements of the Education Law.

Section 10. Quorum. A majority of the Trustees shall constitute a quorum at all meetings of the Board.

Section 11. Board Approval. All actions taken by the Board shall require at least three affirmative votes from Board members who are present for passage.

Section 12. Resignation. Board members are expected to attend all regular Board meetings. If any Trustee shall fail to attend three consecutive regular meetings of the Board or have excessive absences from meetings without excuse accepted as satisfactory by the Trustees, he/she shall be deemed to have resigned. The vacancy shall be filled in accordance with Article III, Section 4.

Section 13. Liability and Indemnity of Trustees. To the fullest extent permitted by law, each Trustee shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Library against all liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, arising out of or relating to any claim or proceeding against the Library or such Trustee in his or her capacity as a Trustee thereof.


Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Library shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Finance Officer and a Secretary.

Section 2. Election and Term of Office. The Board shall, at its first meeting in each calendar year, elect the above-named officers from their own number to serve from the date of the meeting at which they are elected until the subsequent January and thereafter until their respective successors are duly elected.

Section 3. Powers and Duties. The officers shall have such powers and shall perform such duties as are incident to their respective offices or as may be assigned to them by the Board.

Section 3a. President. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board, authorize calls for any special meetings, appoint all committees, execute all documents authorized by the Board, serve as ex-officio voting member of all committees, shall meet regularly with the Library Director, shall present an end-of-term statement at his/her final Board meeting, and generally perform all duties associated with that office.

Section 3b. Vice-President. The Vice-President, in the event of the absence or disability of the President, or of a vacancy in that office, shall assume and perform the duties and functions of the President.

Section 3c. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep a true and accurate record of all meetings of the Board and shall perform such other duties as are generally associated with that office. An Assistant Secretary who need not be a Trustee may be selected by the Board to assist the Secretary in the performance of his/her duties.

Section 3d. Finance Officer. The Finance Officer shall oversee budget presentations, investment strategies and accounting procedures. 

Section 4. Vacancies. Vacancies on the Board may be filled by the majority vote of the Trustees until the next annual election of Trustees at any regular or special meeting called for that purpose. (Section 226 of the Education Law.)

Section 5. Reimbursement. The Board may reimburse any Trustee, officer or employee for expenses incurred in the performance of his/her duties.

Section 6. Other Officers. The Board may appoint such other officers with such powers and duties as it may deem advisable. Such officers shall serve at the pleasure of the Board.


Section 1. Principal Office. The principal office of the Library shall be in its principal library building.

Section 2. Security. The Board requires that any officer or other person authorized to disburse monies of the Library shall be bonded in an amount and with such surety as they may determine.

Section 3. Committees and Task Forces. The Board may appoint such committees and task forces as the Board may deem necessary or advisable for the conduct of its business and affairs. Any such committee or task force may include individuals who are not members of the Board. The duties of any such committee or task force, its size and tenure, shall be determined by the Board. All committees and task forces shall be subject to the control of the Board.

3a. There shall be three (3) standing committees; Finance Committee, Policy/Bylaws Committee, and Building and Grounds Committee. There shall be two Trustees on each committee appointed by the President of the Board of Trustees. The Board President will appoint the chair for each committee from among the trustees on the committee. Relevant staff members may be appointed to a committee. 

3b. Ad Hoc Committees for specific purposes may be appointed by the President. Such committees shall serve for a specified duration determined by the Board or until the completion of the work for which they were appointed. 

3c. All committees shall make a progress report to the Board at least twice a year. Committees are expected to meet as needed. 

3d. The scope of each committee’s work is limited to information-gathering, analysis of their findings and offering of recommendations to the Board. 

3e. No committee shall have other than advisory powers unless, by suitable action of the Board, it is granted specific power to act. 

3f. The President shall be, ex officio, a member of all committees. 

3g.Charter for each committee: 

Finance Committee: 1) Oversee development of the budget; 2) Ensure adequate financial controls 3) Oversee investments 4) Report on the financial condition of the library and make recommendations attendant therewith. 

Policy/Bylaws Committee: 1) To review Policy and Bylaws of the library on a regular basis; 2) To recommend changes and modification for the betterment of the Board’s governance and functioning of the library. 

Building and Grounds Committee: 1) To monitor Library capital construction, renovation, and repair projects and report on the status of such projects; 2) maintain a long-term view of the functional status of building, grounds, and its mechanical/electrical systems; 3) To recommend repair, replacement, and services; 4) To recommend capital improvement to indoor and outdoor facilities for better functioning of library, enjoyment of patrons, and for cost/energy efficiencies; and 5) To recommend short term and long term improvements that protect the health and safety of Library patrons and staff. 


Section 1. Proposal of Amendments. An amendment to these By-Laws may be proposed by any member of the Board by notice in writing given to the other Trustees at least ten days before the proposed amendment is to be acted on.

Section 2. Adoption. An amendment so proposed may be adopted by a majority vote of the entire Board at any regular meeting or special meeting called for that purpose, provided the substance of the proposed amendment accompanies notice of the meeting, whether regular or special.

Adopted April 13, 1976
Revised June 21, 1990; July 19, 1994, Dec. 18, 1995, June 18, 2013, October 20, 2020, November 4, 2020, November 16, 2021


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