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Westbury Library ElectionThe Westbury Memorial Public Library will hold the library budget vote and trustee election on ...
04/12/2022

Westbury Library Election

The Westbury Memorial Public Library will hold the library budget vote and trustee election on Tuesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library, 454 Jefferson St., Westbury. Seven candidates are running for the trustee seat being vacated by Denise Parillo: Tiffany Blair, Simone Eason, Stephany Escobar, Bryce Mack, Tyeisha Marshall, Alex Nuñez and Vicki Sylvain.

The East Nassau League of Women Voters held a candidates’ forum on April 4. Much of the information comes from transcripts from that evening. For more information on the budget visit www.westburylibrary.org.

TYEISHA MARSHALL

Opening Statement:

I’m a child of Westbury. I went to Powells Lane [Elementary School], the Middle School as well as the high school. I lived here for 28 years until I ventured out and moved to Baltimore and went to Johns Hopkins. and became an ICU registered nurse. I’ve worked in five different cities.

From that experience of fighting COVID in five different cities, I have seen a lot of things and had a lot of different experiences. I have learned from that and also enriched within me that Westbury is still number one in my heart I love Westbury and I feel that it is my responsibility to pay it forward and to bring back to this community all that I have learned on my adventures.

I’m happy to be here. I attended Westbury United Methodist Church all of my life and I’m happy to be back in this community and I’m ready to serve this community with all that I have learned.

Other Quotes:

My responsibilities as a trustee would be as a gatekeeper. I feel our community is only as strong as our children and it’s important to give children opportunities to become aware of the career paths.

I’m also very passionate about financial literacy. During the pandemic a lot of people were not able to have financial resource due to losing their jobs. I think that’s very important for us to give our children information on how they can survive if they’re not able to get to their job.

I want to see surveys among different age groups to find out what they’re interested in. Then devise a plan that shows what we plant to implement within the library.

Closing Statement:

Westbury has raised me and has given me such a great experience. I am proud to say that I am a child of Westbury. If chosen to become a trustee, [I’d be] very much interested in outreach, building interest and excitement for the library which I once had as a child. I’m interested in starting financial literacy programs and also get children excited about technology careers. I am very much passionate about children becoming very much interested and excited about visiting their library.

Westbury Library ElectionThe Westbury Memorial Public Library will hold the library budget vote and trustee election on ...
04/12/2022

Westbury Library Election

The Westbury Memorial Public Library will hold the library budget vote and trustee election on Tuesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library, 454 Jefferson St., Westbury. Seven candidates are running for the trustee seat being vacated by Denise Parillo: Tiffany Blair, Simone Eason, Stephany Escobar, Bryce Mack, Tyeisha Marshall, Alex Nuñez and Vicki Sylvain.

The East Nassau League of Women Voters held a candidates’ forum on April 4. Much of the information comes from transcripts from that evening. For more information on the budget visit www.westburylibrary.org.

STEPHANY ESCOBAR

Opening Statement:

It’s amazing to see so many people interested in the cause. We’re all seeking a seat on on the board of this amazing library, hoping to make an impact and a difference in our community.

Leaving Freeport and moving to Westbury was the best decision for family ever made. I fell in love with Westbury, first with my husband but most of all with the community. My mindset was to make this our forever home. Thanks to the mindset, I began volunteering listening to the needs of the students and the parents, [learning] that they needed a positive environment and a safe place.

My time taking attendance, helping with registering, having accountability for money then led me to the position of president of the Westbury unit of the [Nassau County Police Athletic League]. We provide sports programs, allowing all creative interest through these activities. We created mentorship programs for middle and high school students, teaching and empowering leadership. We managed to create scholarships for those who needed a helping hand so that nobody was excluded.

I think the that’s the point. We begin by inspiring from an early age and continuing as they grow up into young members of society. There’s so many ways we can inspire change, but it takes hard work, commitment, love and compassion to accomplish it. One of the things I strive to teach my children is to be selfless, to show gratitude for the things we have and work hard for the things we want.

For the past two holidays we’ve managed to [aid the needy members] of the community and organized toy, clothes and food drives with...a toy donation from the Westbury Methodist Church. I believe that when we help each other, resources become available.

Other Quotes:

I see my role as being a liaison between the community and the library. We have to make sure we identify with everyone in the community. To find ways to fulfill the needs and fill in the gaps in terms of what the community needs. There are many people in the community that can provide that assistance far as volunteering and mentoring programs.

One of my strongest suits is that I’m able to communicate with people and I’m able to listen to what’s needed.

Closing Statement:

I love Westbury, even though I wasn’t born and raised here. I’m raising my kids in this community.

My desire for this library is for it to be a safe haven where everyone is accepted where everyone can be identified. If elected trustee, I promise to actively listen, focus on the solutions and execute the task at hand. On election day I’d like you to remember leadership, commitment, love, passion and change.

Westbury Library ElectionThe Westbury Memorial Public Library will hold the library budget vote and trustee election on ...
04/12/2022

Westbury Library Election

The Westbury Memorial Public Library will hold the library budget vote and trustee election on Tuesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library, 454 Jefferson St., Westbury. Seven candidates are running for the trustee seat being vacated by Denise Parillo: Tiffany Blair, Simone Eason, Stephany Escobar, Bryce Mack, Tyeisha Marshall, Alex Nuñez and Vicki Sylvain.

The East Nassau League of Women Voters held a candidates’ forum on April 4. Much of the information comes from transcripts from that evening. For more information on the budget visit www.westburylibrary.org.

SIMONE EASON

Opening Statement:

My husband and I have lived in Westbury for 29 years we have one daughter who’s actually graduating from college this may.

I retired five years ago as a certified public accountant with over 35 years of financial experience working in the accounting, cosmetic and entertainment industry.

Still a licensed CPA and I’ve used my financial experience to volunteer with several organizations in the Westbury Community. I’m the treasurer for local nonprofit called Bridge the Promise. The goal of the organization is to provide resources techniques and skills to young adults that helps them with their core basic skills, helping them to be productive citizens in the community.

Also volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island, headquartered right here in Westbury. I’m mentoring a 9-year-old little girl, which has been very rewarding for me.

I’m a volunteer tax preparer with the AARP, preparing taxes right here every Wednesday.

My goal is to fulfill one of my goals in retirement, which is partnering with the library to spearhead some kind of financial literacy program for our middle school children to come here after school.

Other Quotes:

I would assist the board members in establishing a balanced budget that is able to provide various programs that are beneficial to our community, to our youth and our young people, but I’m also interested and making sure that we have services that are helpful to everyone. I know for myself especially since I’ve been retired, I took advantage of the Zoom courses that [the library] presented, the writing program and the meditation program.

My whole purpose in this second stage of life is being of service. I’m more passionate in terms of working with young people. I worked in corporate America for 35 years. I know it’s difficult sometimes when the effort and the work that you put forth is not always appreciated. I think sometimes we may take for granted the roles of our staff here at the library—we have to show more appreciation for the staff.

Closing Statement:

Hopefully, I’ve been able to convey to you my serious passionate commitment developing a financial literacy program for our children, and if I’m elected to the board, I will work very well with the board members.

But more so, I will take initiative in trying to engage my neighbors and encouraging them to get more involved with the library.

Westbury Library ElectionThe Westbury Memorial Public Library will hold the library budget vote and trustee election on ...
04/12/2022

Westbury Library Election

The Westbury Memorial Public Library will hold the library budget vote and trustee election on Tuesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library, 454 Jefferson St., Westbury. Seven candidates are running for the trustee seat being vacated by Denise Parillo: Tiffany Blair, Simone Eason, Stephany Escobar, Bryce Mack, Tyeisha Marshall, Alex Nuñez and Vicki Sylvain.

The East Nassau League of Women Voters held a candidates’ forum on April 4. Much of the information comes from transcripts from that evening. For more information on the budget visit www.westburylibrary.org.

TIFFANY BLAIR

Opening Statement:

Me and my husband have started two business on Post Avenue. We have three kids and I serve on the Westbury Business Improvement District board.

I call the library an oasis for myself and for my kids. I got my Master’s in English and American literature, so I spent lots and lots of times in libraries. The library one of the greatest assets that Westbury has to offer. Two of my kids actually learned how to play chess in this room.

I believe the library is something we work hard to protect and we need to make sure that it’s acclimating to today’s climate and we could help it function at its best for a community. I want to be [on the board] to help protect it and to help with progress.

Closing Statement:

The fact that there’s seven of us running for this one position shows that we all love the library but we also want to see change. Win or lose, whoever you choose I think you will have a great option.

I see that everything we loved about the library right now is a little bit in jeopardy and if I’m elected I will make sure that the library has a viable future. I will be the voice of the community. I will be the voice that will fight against the rest of the board if I need to.

Other Quotes:

We need to keep the staff happy because they are highly trained. A high turnover in business and libraries doe snot bode well. It’s a priority for us to keep our staff here. The first and priority focus is to resolve the staffing challenge.

We need to be aware that a tremendous amount of our budget comes from the Carle Place School District. The [district] has a contract with [the library], which they can vacate every five years. There are a lot of complaints coming from Carle Place about our library hours and the availability of our facilities. I think we are in some dire circumstances where they could pull their funding and go somewhere else.

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