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October 9, 2012

Council rejects Dyster library board candidate for second time this year


Niagara Gazette — "There's a lack of communication in this city," Anderson said. "We don't always agree about everything, but let's sit down and discuss it first instead of all these surprises. We don't know we have another appointment until it appears on the agenda."

Anderson insisted the majority's stance on appointments isn't personal, but rather a stand aimed at adding more minority voices to library operations.

"This is what we want to establish in this city," he said. "It's for the people. It's not for me." 

Dyster attempted to appoint Laible to replace former library board member Robert Restaino, who stepped down in anticipation of his campaign for state Assembly. He said there are other vacant positions on the board as well and at least one holdover whose term as officially expired in former school Superintendent Carmen Granto. 

Dyster said he attempted to appoint Lemke because he felt the one-time member of the United Steelworkers union president's educational background and experience would serve the library board well. 

The more candidates that are rejected, Dyster said the harder it is to find interested candidates.

"I'm going to keep trying to appoint people," he said. "I think it's difficult attract people and put their names forward when the council rejects candidates. If the library board is going to keep functioning, they are going to have to appoint somebody." 

Councilwoman Kristin Grandinetti, who voted in favor of adding Lemke to the library board, said she's all for diversifying the board, but believes the council's majority may be more interested in playing politics in this case. She noted that Laible was passed over for a spot on the library board not long after she lost a close council election involving Anderson and Choolokian. 

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