At a special meeting of the New City Library trustees Tuesday night, the board unanimously voted to appoint Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman as interim director of the library. Library representative Karen Vetrano said, “This action alleviates concerns about the library’s charter and marks a turning point in the working relations between board members.”
Freedman served as the director of the Westchester Library System for 23 years and as president of the American Library Association in 2002. Since his retirement, Freedman has worked for his publishing company, the U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian. In addition, he has spoken at conferences, served on numerous boards, and has taken on the roles of interim director at the Purchase Free and Nyack libraries.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mitch aboard. His appointment is the positive outcome of the board working together toward a common goal and will go a long way in addressing the misinformation that has been put out to the public,” explained board president Tom Ninan. “Mitch’s expertise and leadership abilities will be an asset to the library and the community.”