2012 Distinguished Service Award Senator Hugh T. Farley (R) 44th Senate District

First elected to public office in 1970, As Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, Senator Farley sponsored virtually every piece of major library legislation from 1978 to 2008. During his stewardship, State aid to libraries increased and new forms of library services, including school library systems and hospital library programs, were established. The Senator was also a member of the Governor’s Commission on Libraries and an elected delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries in 1979 and 1991.

Outstanding Service Awards

2012 Outstanding Trustee Stephen Gaughran, Seaford Public Library

Stephen Gaughran has served on the Board of Trustees of the Seaford Public Library since November 1999.  He has used his skills in management information, mathematics and computer information technology to clarify operational and mandated costs, and an array of issues faced by the library. Besides these very valuable statistics and graphs Steve has also provided a wealth of knowledge on the library’s history and development in its 55 years of existence. He has been instrumental in developing the library’s annual budget and keeps abreast of library technology trends and library literature.

2012 Outstanding Friends Jeanne Petta, Floral Park Library

Ms. Petta has been an active member of the Friends for over 25 years, serving in several board positions, as well as devoting time to its biggest fundraiser, the annual book sale. When Jeanne was President of the Friends, she pushed for the purchase of a state-of-the art audio/visual system for the Library’s meeting room, and was also the driving force behind the Friends Book Club. In addition, Jeanne is an advocate for all libraries, making the annual trek in March to Albany to meet with local and state legislators.

2012 Velma K. Moore Award Carol Franzese, Watkins Glen Public Library

A Board member of Watkins Glen Public Library since 1982 and President since 2004, Carol played an active role in fundraising and construction of the new library in 1985-1987.  “She has made a passionate and ongoing commitment to the Library in general and to the “Sandra Franzese Black Career Center” in particular, building a substantial endowment through memorial donations in the name of her deceased daughter, from her 50th wedding anniversary celebration, and most recently from the passing of her husband Bill.  Carol is highly thought of and most actively involved in her Library community and is an outstanding spokesperson for the Library.  Her “vision” promotes technology, program and growth in a difficult financial climate.”