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Chappaqua Library Board Won't Reopen Petition Filing, Welcomes Write-ins

Plan is to wait and see if a write-in candidate wins. If not, an appointment will be made for one year.

Despite , the Chappaqua Library Board of Trustees has decided not to reopen the petition filing round for an open seat, library Director Pamela Thornton said.

The decision, made at Tuesday's board meeting, means that the board will wait and see if there are write-in votes, Thornton said. If no winner emerges from the May 15 election, the board will appointment someone to fill the seat for one year and the seat will then be up for election in May 2013.

This marks the second year in a row that the board has found itself without candidates. Last year, one candidate, Janet Short, filed to run but chose to drop out. The board decided to reopen the petition filing, which yielded four candidates for the ballot. That race .

The library, which is administratively part of the Chappaqua Central School District, also has its proposed 2012-13 budget up for a vote. The election coincides with the school district's, with its proposed budget also on the ballot. The district does not have a contested school board race because incumbent Alyson Kiesel is the .

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