Library in Kaplan Hall on Newburgh Campus Renamed in Honor of Late Orange County Legislator

PHOTO: Newburgh campus libraryMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange will hold a dedication ceremony for the M. William Lahey Library on the College’s Newburgh campus at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 28, in the Grand Street Lobby of Kaplan Hall.

The College’s Board of Trustees in April voted unanimously to name the Library in Kaplan Hall in honor of the late Lahey, who passed away in April 2011. Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president, will host the event with remarks expected from several local dignitaries. Joan Wolfe, chair of the SUNY Orange Board of Trustees, will present a framed copy of the resolution approving the new name to Lahey’s wife Judith.

Lahey was chairman of the Orange County Legislature from 2006 to 2009, during which time the plans for the expansion of the SUNY Orange Newburgh campus, including construction of Kaplan Hall, were developed and implemented. In all, Lahey spent 12 years as a county legislator, including seven years in roles of leadership. He was also a member of the Newburgh School Board for 11 years, including a two-year term as president, and spent 12 years as a New Windsor town councilman.

By virtue of his ability to build consensus among his colleagues, Lahey shepherded the Legislature through an arduous, protracted and often contentious Newburgh campus site selection process, which ultimately led to the campus being developed at its current location. He also was instrumental in garnering overwhelming support from the Legislature to provide the necessary funding to make the expanded Newburgh campus a reality.

Additionally, Lahey held longstanding volunteer relationships with the New Windsor Little League and the YMCA.

More than 1,500 students are enrolled at the Newburgh campus, and the Lahey Library serves as a critical component in their academic preparation and success. The Lahey Library houses an array of collections, books and periodicals, along with computer workstations and research tools. It is also part of the Newburgh Library Collaborative, a five-facility consortium that includes the College’s libraries at both campuses along with the Newburgh Free Library, Curtin Library at Mount Saint Mary College and the Newburgh Free Academy Library.

The five libraries provide in‐person loans of library materials, reference services, and onsite use of collections for any eligible member of each participating library.

For information on the dedication event, contact Mary Roth at (845) 341-4179.

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