On Thursday evening, Samuel Francis, who won election to the Peninsula Public Library board of trustees on May 21, was appointed to the library board. Although Samuel’s term officially starts in July, he was appointed immediately to fill the vacancy left on the board by the passing of former trustee Joel Shiff.
Samuel Francis, 29, is an attorney and CPA experienced in corporate litigation, audit, and tax matters, focusing his practice on investment management at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Sam also advises various not-for-profit organizations throughout New York and has worked with a number of synagogues in the community.
A frequent patron of libraries, he has researched and published journal articles on a range of topics. Sam and his family have lived in Cedarhurst for more than five years, and his wife, Aviva, was born and raised in Lawrence just a few blocks from the library. While at Fordham Law School together, they co-founded Fordham PALS (Parents Attending Law School) to provide support for fellow students with children.
Samuel commented, “Even in the Internet age, the library is in many ways more critical than ever. It serves people of all ages and backgrounds, offering free access to books, videos, and computers. The library is one of the few remaining quiet places, free of distractions, where one can focus and concentrate. We and our children are encouraged to read, learn, and participate in a variety of cultural and educational programs. While online search engines spit out millions of results, our librarians can give you a single, correct, and unbiased answer. The library can serve as a center of our vibrant community to hold meetings, study groups, and special events.
“That said, particularly in these uncertain economic times, it is imperative that our taxpayer dollars to the library are being spent wisely. I will work together with the other trustees to operate within responsible budgets while maintaining financial transparency. We need to modernize the library and integrate new technologies, including expanding our offering of e‑books and online resources. We are all aware of the inadequacies of the current building, and I am determined to move forward with the efforts to find the library a new home. I believe that I bring a unique perspective and qualifications to the board and look forward to representing all constituents of the district in the coming years.”
Fellow trustees Joe Fuller, Jeff Leb, Joan Lepelstat, and Sarah Yastrab join the library and staff in welcoming Sam to the board and look forward to working with him to benefit the library and the community. v