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Carnegie Library Now Owned By Patchogue-Medford Library

Library Board will be discussing the building Wednesday.

Carnegie Library site on Aug. 19, 2013. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino
Carnegie Library site on Aug. 19, 2013. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino
The historic Carnegie Library is now officially owned by a library again.

Patchogue-Medford Library has received ownership of the building from Patchogue Village at Monday night's Village Board of Trustees meeting. Patchogue-Medford Library previously used the building until 1981, when they moved to Main Street.

The Carnegie Library, which was vacant on Lake Street, was moved in 2012 to the Sixth District Court property at 150 W. Main St. to make room for the New Village at Patchogue project at the Four Corners.

Now that the building is back in the hands of Patchogue-Medford Library, the library board will be discussing the building at Wednesday's Library Board of Trustees meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the library's 54-60 E. Main St. location in the Board Room. Harold Trabold, the board's president, said at Monday's meeting that they would be planning on approving the agreement with the village, and having a presentation.

The library has previously said that they plan to move the Young Adult department into the building.

What are your thoughts on Carnegie Library's ownership transferring to Patchogue-Medford Library? Talk about it in the comments below this post.

Martha Gillette January 14, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Will they move the library back? That's a beautiful building. I always wondered what it use to be never knew.
Paul R. Baker January 14, 2014 at 09:14 PM
Some Patchogue History should be stored there like the East Hampton Library has. Old Periodicals, Old Family Bibles, etc.
annette kattau January 15, 2014 at 08:34 AM
thank you Friends of Carnagie...finally and soon to be in the hands of the Library system..the best thing that has happened in Patchogue...
Jo Miller January 15, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Snoop, I'm sorry but not surprised to hear that you take out a book only once in five years. With all that the library has to offer, you are passing up a terrific bargain.
annette kattau January 15, 2014 at 09:48 AM
better than the bars and housing that is going on, it gives those who want to go there a better alternative...the costs pennies to you....want to talk about costing you look at the Ronkonkoma hub and the 43million dollar sewerage treatment plant .....and the density three times normal sprawl it is going to bring and everytime they speak about it in the paper they praise Pontiere and site Patchogue as a model the only thing right that has happened is the Carnagie and the wrecking ball was going to hit it until the Friends of Carnagie got involved and low and behold who was at the first meeting MAYOR P......thank you Jo for your intellegent support for the right thing...I always wanted to live in the village so glad I do not now...the land of vomit and urine to clean up in the morning by the store owners...
Patchogue Snoop January 15, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Or....just living off the fat of the land....ie taxpayer dollars
annette kattau January 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM
oh snoop sorry you feel that way no longer stooping to your level....bye
annette kattau January 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM
BRAVO Michael and thank you for all your good work
Patchogue Snoop January 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Antoer insulter....so typical....I was referring to the other insulter JOJO
Patchogue Snoop January 15, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Here is your answer, no one knows how many pennies. So typical. Who cares right???? Well the middle class, struggling taxpayer does!!! Not our Mayor who has a huge public sector pension + bennies plus his double dip from the Village that he raise countless times up to 60k now+the absurd appointment by our former quitter TOB Supervisor to ecoczar at 60k! Pigs go oink oink!! PS oops amost forgot the 30k New SUV he bought on our dime for his 1 mile commute to work. Hey Mayor, if you needed the new 30k SUV so bad why not spend every single day driving the street, bending rims, bouncing out of control, splashing through puddles like a motor boat! Then get on your staff to do the right thing in this Village!!!
Patchogue Snoop January 15, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Oh, I guess we will park on the roof when we visit the second library?
Jo Miller January 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Yes, Snoop you are right about the ever increasing taxes. However, I don't think the library is the place to cut corners. It's a bargain, given what it has to offer
John Bogack January 15, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Here are some facts that may help with understanding the costs associated with the preservation of the Carnegie Library an historical treasure. The Tritec corporation for a sum that has never been disclosed as far as I know bought the building that was at that time in private hands. It's location turned out to be a key stone location without which the larger New Village complex could not have been built. No public money was spent. As part of a menu of incentives to build New Village State Sen Foley obtained a grant in excess of one million dollars to fund civic improvements. To the best of my knowledge all the costs to move the property will be repaid from that grant. The end cost to the taxpayers of the Village will be none. The Library system has agreed to pay 62,500 for a foundation (already in place) to expand usable space. All that money has been donated to the Library by a private local foundation. There will be no cost to the tax payers of the village. Tonight the Library Board did vote to commit 1.5 million dollars to complete the renovation process. That sum is expected to be fully recovered from additional private funds and grants from the NY State Education Department. There will be no cost to the tax payers of the Village. Now that said I for one I am going to do my best to make sure that grant money set aside for this effort was in fact spent as promised. Anyone who feels the same is welcome to join me when the Patchogue Board of Trustees meets in April to decide the next budget at which time this question will be raised at the very least by me. In the meantime any person can appear before the Patchogue Board of Trustees at any any meeting and ask the very good question raised here about how the move and preservation of the building has been paid made for. The more voices raised to insure accountability the better.
John Bogack January 15, 2014 at 09:10 PM
And just to complete the inventory I forgot to mention. The Tritec Corporation turned the Carnegie Library building over to the village for free or no more than one dollar. The land where the library is now situated was also donated to the village for free. Cost to the village taxpayers: one dollar at most.
annette kattau January 15, 2014 at 11:27 PM
Wow so glad its all done and again to be apart of it....met some really good people through this...Carry on John....
Patchogue Snoop January 16, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Dear Mr Editor, Is this legit? Immature conversation by two people who have nothing to offer but insults rather than intelligent discourse? I taught my teens not to act like this, perhaps you could do the same with these two? Thank you
Patchogue Snoop January 16, 2014 at 08:36 AM
John, what you say is correct but.........that paultry 1.5 million isn't nearly enough to renovate that building.... I bet closer to 3 million. Promises promises, we have heard the BS before from the hacks in town.....fundraising is a dream but possible, state funding not already in place is a dream too. Did any state reps commit? Question, do you know who paid for the land it now sits on and at what cost? The devil is in the details. These costs are peanuts compared to the operating and staffing costs down the road. Again, Mayor PP makes himself look good at the expense of taxpayers who live outside of Patch Village. Just the very fact we are trying to figure out the money trail stinks to high heaven. I am going to check the former owner of the property and what they/who paid for it. Tied of all the back room deals Mayor PP makes on his own. Must be a lot if he used enough gas on the job in four year to travel over 90,000 miles. Peace.
Patchogue Snoop January 16, 2014 at 08:45 AM
John, Not sure if you pay property taxes but all homeowners pay Library District tax.....nothing to do with the Village or cost to Village residents. Every homeowner in Patchogue and Medford, including Village homeowners pay this library tax. Averages 600 a year. So this building move is being shouldered by ALL of the Patchouge Medford homeowners....why is that?.....what does the move have to do with anyone outside the Village? PP did this to deflect opposition to this appalling project. How many residents outside the Village even know they are getting stuck with the bill? And I am a homeowner in the Village on don't see this as fair at all. The library tax is out of control just like every other line item on my tax bill, mostly due to public sector union control of the hacks that represent us and their members that control our election process by stacking the vote for the candidate willing to sell their souls to the union! I see this as the biggest threat to our nations economy. If you doubt me, simply read about Detroit.
John Bogack January 16, 2014 at 09:36 AM
To get back on subject. Truth is a very good thing for the village has been accomplished at relatively little or no cost when the final figures are in to the village or library tax payers. That's because a great many persons in both the private and public sectors came together realizing the value of preserving this building. That's the real story here. I am a village tax payer who also pays library taxes so I am concerned about my tax bill but this is one area that looks like attention was paid to reducing costs all across the board time and time again. Are there places where costs might be reduced to reduce taxes...absolutely but I really think time would be better spent on those areas not this one.
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