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Suspended Pound Ridge Library Director Switching Lawyers For Hearing

Suspended Pound Ridge Library Director Marilyn Tinter, pictured at a Thursday meeting for her disciplinary hearing. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Thursday's meeting for the disciplinary hearing of Pound Ridge Library Director Marilyn Tinter. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Attendees at Thursday's meeting, which was the latest for the disciplinary hearing for Pound Ridge Library Director Marilyn Tinter. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Pound Ridge Library Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Pound Ridge Library Director Marilyn Tinter's disciplinary hearing has been extended so she can retain a new attorney.

News of Tinter's switch was announced at her latest meeting on Thursday morning. The hearing officer, Steven Kasarda, adjourned Tinter's case to June 17, with a possible second date of June 21.

Thursday was supposed to have been the last date of the disciplinary hearing, according to Richard Zuckerman, who is the library's counsel.

Tinter, who has been suspended since Dec. 1, requested a 3-week adjournment, Kasarda said.

Tinter declined to comment on why she is seeking a new lawyer. Previous hearing meetings included heated exchanges and testimony, according to published reports.

Tinter, who has worked at the library for 40 years, is accused of seeking to inflate the library's circulation data, breaching personnel confidentiality, intimidating and individual and failing to properly oversee attendee information for staff. The longtime director vehemently denies the charges, telling Daily Voice that they are "not true."

A full copy of Tinter's disciplinary charges, which include some counts that were added after her initial suspension, can be read here.

Tinter has member a member of Daily Voice's Community Advisors program, which entails local stakeholders sharing information about news and events in the coverage area.

The suspension has triggered a backlash among community members, with in turn has resulted in frustrations over library district governance.

In an email to local journalists, residents recently announced a petition demanding details on the cost of the disciplinary proceeding, which has amassed 116 signatures. The petition also demands answers on a series of board-governance matters.

A copy of the petition can be read here.

Asked for comment about the petition, Tinter said she is "deeply grateful to all those people who are supporting me."

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