Annual Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election

Annual Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election

Wednesday, October 11 from 12pm-7pm

A listening session will be held at NOPL North Syracuse on Thursday, October 5 from 5:30-7:00pm. NOPL Director Kate McCaffrey will be available to answer questions about the 2018 library budget.


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

2018 NOPL Budget


Trustees Seeking Reelection

Cicero District

Derek W. Empey – Running for 1st term

I have been a Cicero resident since 2002, living here with my wife of 15 years and 4 children (12, 11, 9, and 8). As a family, we utilize many of the wonderful offerings of the NOPL system, such as countless hard cover books, e-books via the Overdrive application, and classroom skill building via, just to name a few. Professionally, I am currently an informatics pharmacist at Upstate University Hospital, graduating with my pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2000, and most recently my Masters in Health Informatics from Louisiana Tech University in May 2017. Hobbies are numerous and include golf, guitar, and mountain biking, swimming, and hiking just to name a few. I’m a person who enjoys learning about technology and how to integrate it into our lives in meaningful ways from both personal and professional perspectives. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as a board member.

North Syracuse 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 OpTerra Energy Services, a performance contracting company specializing in the renovation of schools and colleges to make them more energy efficient. He is a 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 area for over 20 years. Wayne and his family have been patrons of the North Syracuse Public Library regularly since 2005, when his daughters began attending Story Hour and other library events, as well as borrowing many books.