The Guilderland Public Library Board of Trustees currently has three open seats, and five candidates.  Per Executive Order, these positions will be voted upon June 9, 2020.  While we await further election details, it is our understanding that this election will be conducted via U.S. Mail.  We will provide more information as it becomes available; please watch your mailboxes.

Here is the information we have received from five candidates – Marcia Alazraki, Herbert Hennings, Mark Keeling, Philip Metzger, Richard Rubin – listed in the order they will appear on the ballot:

MARCIA ALAZRAKI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

  • Grew up in New York City
  • Guilderland resident for 52 years

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Education, Summa cum Laude, University of Albany
  • Juris Doctorate, Albany Law School

Professional Experience

  • Deputy Superintendent of Insurance
  • Assistant Counsel to the Governor of the State of New York
  • Private practice attorney for 35 years, advising clients on insurance regulatory matters and acquisition of insurance companies
  • Retired

Community Involvement

  • Secretary / Treasurer – Girls Inc. Board of Trustees Foundation Trust of Schenectady
  • Volunteer – Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY

Ms. Alazraki’s Statement:

I was brought up in a poor family in New York City.  Purchasing books was not part of my family’s budget.  My library card was precious and books opened up the world to me and shaped my devotion to learning.  Guilderland Public Library is very important to me.  I love the feel of it, the quiet hominess, the wonderfully attentive and knowledgeable staff, the ability to sit and read in a comfortable and welcoming space.  I would be honored to serve on the library board so that I may contribute to its mission and help continue its service to our community.  In this way, I can show my gratitude to libraries and pass on the gifts they have given me.

HERBERT HENNINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

  • Grew up in Long Island
  • Guilderland resident for 34 years

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, Kenyon College
  • Master of Arts in Political Science, University at Albany

Professional Experience

  • Insurance Fund Representative II, New York State Insurance Fund for 35 years – represented NYSIF at Workers Compensation board hearings
  • Retired

Community Involvement

  • Vice-President, Guilderland Public Library Board of Trustees
  • Board Member, Upper Hudson Library System
  • Member, Guilderland Planning Board
  • Committee Member, Guilderland & Albany County Democratic Committees
  • Member, PEF Retirees; former member PEF Executive Board
  • President, Troy Area Labor Council
  • Executive Board Member, Capital District Area Labor Federation

Mr. Hennings’ Statement:

I am interested in becoming a candidate for the Guilderland Public Library Board of Trustees because I want to continue my work for the Library and on the Board of the Upper Hudson Library System. I have lobbied the legislature for increased funding for local libraries, both construction aid and general aid. I have worked with other board members on the Guilderland Public Library construction project and want to follow through on this. I am presently vice-president of the Library Board and have served on the Personnel & Policy Committees. I want to work to make the Guilderland Public Library a true center of the community and increase programs and outreach to the community.

MARK KEELING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

  • Grew up in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Served in the U.S. Army 14 years
  • Guilderland resident since 2011

Education

  • Undergraduate:  St. Leo University
  • Graduate:  Bethel University

Professional Experience

  • Vice President with a national insurance company

Community Involvement

  • Guilderland Public Library – Board of Trustees

Mr. Keeling’s Statement:

I feel the library has an important part in the community.  It is a place to gather, provide children’s programs, support community initiatives and in the current environment also provide virtual resources.  During my current tenure on the Board of Trustees we have been involved with the effective and important decisions as it pertains to a more virtual version of the library.  It is important that the library remain fiscally responsible and at the same time provide robust resources for our community.  By being elected to serve on the Board of Trustees again,  I hope that I can help continue the tradition but also provide insight and direction for future growth.

PHILIP METZGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

  • Grew up in Long Island, lived in Texas
  • Guilderland resident for 7 years

Professional Experience

  • Lead Systems Analyst, RR Donnelly – manage IT projects finding efficiencies and alternative solutions to fulfill the print needs of businesses worldwide

Community Involvement

  • Guilderland Public Library – Board of Trustees

Mr. Metzger’s Statement:

Having an inside connection to the world of libraries, I have become acutely aware of their importance in our society and I understand their needs and challenges in our current environment. By running for the Library Board of Trustees, I hope to support the library administration in setting goals that build a stronger community in Guilderland centered around our library, providing the services that drive even more people to take advantage of everything that the library offers.

RICHARD RUBIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

  • Grew up in Monticello, NY
  • Guilderland resident for 23 years

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Psychology, University of Rochester
  • Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management, Boston University
  • Medical Doctor degree, State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Professional Experience

  • Clinical Geriatrics Physician with Eddy Senior Care
  • Former Primary Care Internal Medicine physician
  • Former Medical Director of St. Mary’s Hospital, Troy

Community Involvement

  • Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center – Board of Directors
  • University of Rochester – volunteer interviewer
  • Normanskill Strummers ukulele group

Dr. Rubin’s Statement:

I am seeking a position on the board for three primary reasons.  First, although it sounds cliche’d, I very much want to pay it forward for the benefits the library affords me and my family. I gain so much from the library through borrowing all sorts of things, attending wonderful programs, etc., and this is a way for me to contribute.  Second, I hope that the library would benefit from my medical knowledge and experience in planning programs and other innovative ways to serve the community.  Lastly, I have a graduate business degree and am comfortable with institutional budgets and the challenges of maintaining services at a time of increasing costs and decreasing revenues.  We have an AMAZING library, and I want to be part of making it even better!  Thank you for considering me for this position.

 

Updated 5.7.2020 – LMN