Brief fight breaks out after Lake Luzerne library board meeting

Fight breaks out at library board meeting

Fight breaks out at library board meeting

Two people were involved in a brief fight after a meeting of the Rockwell Falls library board on Tuesday.

Lake Luzerne Peter Brady told The Post-Star, NewsChannel 13’s media partner, that the fight was between him and the son of a man he had argued with in the past about library matters.

The fight was quickly broken up and Warren County Sheriff’s deputies responded. Brady told The Post-Star that neither person pressed charges.

Tensions have been high at the Lake Luzerne library, which has been closed because due to a mass exodus of staff.

The issue started in April when news surfaced that the library was going to host a Drag Queen Story Hour. After a community outcry, the performer who was scheduled to read backed out and the event was not rescheduled.

A new member of the board was elected in May on the platform of opposing these events. Since then, library staff have quit, citing harassment by members of the public.  

The library closed in September after its director resigned, The Post-Star reported.

Another member of the board quit earlier this month, which meant the remaining members no longer had a quorum to conduct any business. Tuesday’s meeting featured a video call from Sara Dallas, a representative of the Southern Adirondack Library System, to discuss how the library will get new members. Per state law, the state Board of Regents will step in to appoint three new members.

People interested in applying can submit an online application, resume, letter of interest and two references.  Board members must be 18 years of age, live with the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District. Applications are due Dec.4.

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