Massena Library Temporarily Closes In Wake Of Controversy


The Massena Public Library is temporarily closed.
Town officials decided to close the library, effective Monday after there was a mass exodus of library board members over a controversy involving the hiring process for a new director. 

Former library director Lynn Fountain resigned earlier this month prompting a firestorm of accusations and resignations of library trustees.

The town is looking to reorganize the library's administrative structure, including naming an interim library director, and fill the library board vacancies.

It's unclear how long that process may take, but users of the library told 7 News they want the doors reopened sooner rather than later.

Town Supervisor Joe Gray said the library's closure was necessary because of the absence of any management personnel to oversee the staff and the day to day operations.

The town board meets in special session again on Wednesday and may take further action.

Sunday, October 23, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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