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Greenburgh Public Library Reopens Children's Room

Greenburgh Public Library representatives are working with the Greenburgh Town Board to find a permanent fix to the library's heating problems.
Greenburgh Public Library representatives are working with the Greenburgh Town Board to find a permanent fix to the library's heating problems. Photo Credit: File/Samantha Kramer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The children's room in the Greenburgh Public Library reopened Tuesday after heating and plumbing problems kept it closed for more than a week.

The Greenburgh Town Board and library representatives are working to address the heating problems — which have been going on for more than a year — to try to find a solution that is more than just a quick fix.

"Our interest is solving the root cause instead of Band-Aiding the issue," said Mariquita Blumberg, secretary of the library Board of Trustees. "We've been sealing things for two years."

Two engineers looked into the issues on Saturday and found that the problem that brought the Fairview Fire Department to the library twice last week was much bigger than needing a boiler replacement, said John Sexton, assistant director of the library.

The Town Board agreed to send engineers to compile an analysis isolating the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system's issues and identify what needs to be done. Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said at a work session Tuesday that he plans to add the total cost of the library's repairs to the 2013 capital budget.

"It's the No. 1 capital budget improvement that needs to be done," Feiner said.

For now, the library plans to install portable vents to assist with the heating circulation, Sexton said. There are still minor heating issues like hot and cold areas in the library, he added.

All children's programs will be held in the first-floor multipurpose room of the library until further notice, according to the library website .

The library opened in 2008 at a cost of $20 million. The Town Board has been considering legal action against the contractors.

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