Bios for Library Board candidates

Edward (Ted) Conathan 


President, Library Board of Trustees


I have been on the Library board for 8 years.  Currently, I am the president.  I am so proud of being a part of the recent expansion project. The Library is providing an excellent service.  I want to continue to support and improve that service.  I have always tried to do some community service work.   Before I became a library trustee, I volunteered for Family of Woodstock for many years.


I have lived in Saugerties for 37 years with my wife and we have raised our three children here.  Sometimes they pushed me to go to the library and sometimes I had to cajole them, but weekly trips to the library have always been a part of the routine.  I work as an engineering manager at LSI Lightron, a manufacturing facility in Newburgh where I am involved with designing and building energy efficient lighting fixtures.  In my free time I play basketball, do yoga and many building, landscaping and gardening projects at our property along the Plattekill.



Steve Crohn


Library board of trustee

Steve Crohn was elected to the Board of Trustees five years ago in 2006.  He has been a resident of Malden-on-Hudson, a hamlet within the town of Saugerties, since June 2005.   He brought to the board more than 40 years of experience in both publishing and the art world.  He is currently chair of two committees:  Art & Exhibits Committee and the Public Relations/Community Relations committee.  Steve came on the board to work on creating a new and expanded library for the town.   He did this to honor his family and especially his father, Richard Julius Crohn, one of the men credited with having built the paperback book industry in the United States.  Steve was born nine months after his Dad came home from WW II where he served in the Battle of the Bulge as a staff sergeant; he was in the Fifth Army in the Medical Corps.   He remembers a home surrounded by books.  Steve initiated the Art & Exhibits program at the Saugerties Public Library and also serves as Curator of Town Hall.  Steve is also a member of the Saugerties Artists Studio Tour and a volunteer at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill, NY.   Steve is a licensed clinical social worker and serves as a consultant to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Liver Diseases in Manhattan.   And you can find him as a presenter to the Crohn’s disease support group in Kingston whenever they need a supportive and understanding voice.  This terrible disease is named for the work of his late great uncle Burrill, and it affects millions worldwide.  In addition, he is a contributing editor to Fodor’s Travel Publications, A Random House Company, where he is able to gain freelance income.  His prior position in publishing was as the Assistant Managing Editor of Redbook, A Hearst Publication.  He is a dedicated community member and board trustee who values the role a library serves to young and old alike.   He would tell you that it is an honor to serve this community, and not about him or his background, but the only reason he sees to being here on this good earth is to help and serve others.  Those are the standards and values of the Crohn family he seeks in some measure to uphold.



Bernard J. Carrol

I have been a resident of Saugerties for 46 years. I have always been an avid supporter and patron of the Saugerties Public Library, and I am very proud of our new facility. The current Board should be commended for their effort, hard work and expertise in seeing this project to completion. The building project was on time, under budget and is beautiful.

I am running for a position as trustee for the Library Board. I am a member of Friends of the Library and am currently serving as liaison to the SPL board of trustees. My wife, Kathy, and I are retired educators; and we actively participate and support Saugerties community activities and organizations.

I have done successful grant writing and am very familiar with the process. I also have extensive personnel experience with interviewing, hiring, and supervising both students and adults. I have prepared budgets and understand fiscal responsibility.

I enjoy working with people and if elected, I will work hard to represent the people of Saugerties as an SPL Library trustee. The election will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2011 from 10 am to 8pm at the library. I hope you will vote for the budget, and support me as a Library trustee.