2019 Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election

2019 Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election

Wednesday, October 10 from 12pm-7pm

Eligibility to Vote

  • Registered to vote by the Onondaga County Board of Elections
  • Resident of the Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) District 30 days prior to the vote
  • 18 years of age or older
  • A U.S. citizen

View a map of the NOPL District (PDF) to find which NOPL location you should vote at.


Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee ballots are available at the service desk at all NOPL branches. If you need one mailed to you, please call (315) 699-2534.


Budget Information

2019 NOPL Budget


Trustees Seeking Election or Reelection

Brewerton District

Susan Kowalski – Running for 2nd term

Sue Kowalski is a Brewerton resident and has been a school librarian in the East Syracuse Minoa School District since 2003. She is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University.  She was a classroom teacher for 10 years in the Syracuse City School District before starting her library career. Sue is active with NYLA (New York Library Association). Pine Grove Middle School received the National School Library Program of the Year in 2011 under her leadership. Sue is a leader on many committees and task forces through SSL, AASL (American Association of School Libraries) and ALA (American Library Association). Sue is a true advocate for libraries and would like the opportunity to continue serving on the Board as we continue to transform our libraries to serve our communities.

Cicero District

Wayne M. Chase Jr. – Running for 2nd term

Wayne Chase has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY and a MBA from Syracuse University. He works as an engineering manager for ENGIE Services U.S., a performance contracting company specializing in the renovation of schools, colleges, and municipal buildings to make them more energy efficient. He is fan of Japanese animation and manga, science fiction, and home brewing beer. Wayne founded Anime Syracuse in 2006, which holds events at local libraries and an annual convention that draws over 3,000 attendees. He grew up in Cicero, is married with twin daughters, and has lived in the North Syracuse and Cicero areas for over 20 years. Wayne and his family have been patrons of the NOPL North Syracuse Library regularly since 2005, when his daughters began attending Story Hour and other library events, as well as borrowing many books.

North Syracuse District

Frank L. Laifer (North Syracuse) – Running for 3rd term

Frank has held the position on the board since 2011 and has been an active critic of the Out-of-System Borrower’s policy started at NOPL in 2013. He proposed and promoted the installation of AED’s (Automatic Emergency Defibrillators) in all (3) of the NOPL branches. Frank is a retired Air Force officer with an undergraduate degree in English from Brooklyn College in NYC and an MBA from SU. He is a member of, and CNY Admission Test Proctor for, American Mensa. He maintains his NY teaching certificate, substituting for grades 7-12. He loves books, classical music, and has taken an active role in developing the collection of operas available at NOPL. Frank has lived in the North Syracuse area for a combined total of 45 years.

Lisa Marie Sokolowski (North Syracuse) – Running for 1st term (partial term)

Lisa Marie Sokolowski has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. She has been in the field for over 17 years. She currently works as a School Social Worker and Coordinator of her own alternative education program at OCM Boces in Liverpool, NY. In her role, she also teaches Health Class and Independent Living Skills to middle and high school students that struggle with mainstream teaching. She is passionate about her family, optimum wellness and helping those in need. Lisa loves reading, gardening, cooking and learning about the newest ways to keep her family healthy. Growing up in Liverpool, NY, Lisa and her husband have been married for over 17 years and have 3 daughters, ages 11, 13 &15. They have resided in Cicero for over 12 years, when their oldest daughter started in Pre-K. Lisa is very involved in her children’s extracurricular actives and volunteers at dance and gymnastics as well. Lisa and her family have been patrons of the North Syracuse Public Library regularly since they moved to Cicero, when she would take her young daughters to Story Time with Mrs. Nelson. Her daughters have always participated in library after school and summer events. Her oldest daughter sits on the Teen Advisory Board at NOPL. The entire family are avid readers and patron the North Syracuse Library often.