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Library Board Members Engage In Court Actions
The three month old controversy
between Carl E. Gorton,
newly elected Farmingdale Library
Trustee and members of
the library board and administration
flared to new heights this
past week when he was charged
with third degree assault on a
complaint filed by Assistant Librarian
Mrs. Hortensia Stoyan
that Gorton had " grabbed her
left arm, twisted it and pushed
her at the South Farmingdale Library
On Monday of this week, Library
Board President Robert
Callahan and Library Director
Orrin B. Dow received a Show
Cause Order issued by the Court
and instituted by Gordon to show
why Gorton should not have direct
access to the library files.
Gorton was being sought by
police on Monday on the third degree
assault arrest charge issued
by First District Court Judge
Julius R. Lippman.
On Tuesday, Gorton gave himself
up at the Eighth Precinct Police
and was arraigned in the District
Court in Mineola and pleaded
not guilty and released on $ 500
bail with the trial date set for
Last Thursday, Gorton claims
he made an attempt to obtain information
over the telephone pertaining
to the summer remedial
program being conducted at the
library. Gorton contends that he
was refused the information.
On Friday, Gorton visited the
South Farmingdale branch. He
approached Mrs. Stoyan who was
instructing two children in the remedial
reading class. Gorton,
who in recent weeks who has been
tape recording the library board
meetings, brought with him a
tape recorder which he claims he
turned on when he approached
Mrs. Stoyan. ( see separate story
on tape recording dialogue which
Gorton made available to newspaper
The assault charge leveled a-gainst
Gorton by Mrs. Stoyan is
the second criminal charge filed
against him. He is awaiting
trial on October 3 on a petty larceny
charge which resulted from
his removal of a copy of The Paris
Review magazine which he claims
contained obscene passages.
Both library board President
Robert Callahan and Library Director
Orrin B. Dow turned over
their Show Cause orders to library
attorney KendrickC. Smith
who is scheduled to appear in
Court this Monday. Gorton's attorney,
Richard Anelli of Farmingdale
is seeking to show that
the board's resolution of August
8 requiring a library trustee to
obtain permission from a library
staff member to see records is
invalid. Anelli said it was" ridiculous"
for an employer to have
to get permission from an employee
to see the organization's
records. Anelli said, " A trustee
needs information from the files
if he is to function properly. He
needs it to gather information to
give to the public on how the proposed
budget vote scheduled on
August 29 could be reduced."
Gorton, a John Birch Society
member, opposed the twice defeated
library budget and is urging
a defeat of the August 29 budget.
Mrs. Stoyan claims that Gorton
struck her when she attempted to
turnoff the tape recorder when
he tried to record a conversation
during Gorton's visit at the library
Gorton claims that he refused
to turnoff the tape recorder and
that he wasn't pushing anyone but
was trying to retain possession
of the tape recorder when Mrs.
Stoyan was attempting to confiscate
it. He claims that his arm
was bruised in the fracas when
Mrs. Stoyan struck him with his
own cane in the course of events.
Mrs. Stoyan said that she went to
the East Nassau Medical Center
after the altercation where her
wrist was bandaged.
Stoyan has notified the Nassau
County Human Rights Commission
about alleged racial
questioning. She claimed that
Gorton had asked her questions
pertaining to her Puerto Rican
Library Director Orrin B. Dow
said, " I am greatly disturbed
that anything like this should
occur with an employee of the library.
I have received an official
complaint from Mrs. Stoyan
to be lodged with the Library
Board of Trustees, the
Civil Service Commission and
authorities in Albany. Dow stated
that Stoyan is proceeding as an
individual in her action in the
courts. Dow said " It must be
noted that these are serious
charges which have been substantiated
by the court sufficiently
to issue a warrant so
that it is actually the People of
the State of New York against
Gorton issued the following
statement to The OBSERVER:
" The events of the past week,
although extremely distasteful,
should be most enlightening to
those with eyes to see and ears to
hear. It is incredible at what
length the library " liberals" will
go to discredit me in their third
attempt to pass their ill- begotten
Of Library Fracas
Recreation Map Now Available TOB Swim team
A new, enlarged, full- color
edition of New York's '' Outdoor
Recreation Map" is now available
at no charge.
The free 32" x 36" folder
features a large map of New
York State. All public land and
major facilities operated by the
Conservation Department are indicated
incolor. Forest Preserve
land, State Parks and historic
sites and boat launching sites,
public campsites and fishing
streams, fish hatcheries, fire
towers and some major hiking
trails are marked on the map.
Three smaller maps, conveniently
located just beneath the
large one, outline the State
Park regions, forestry districts,
and fish and game regions into
which the State is divided for
administrative purposes. Headquarters
of each region or
district are listed.
The reverse side of the folder
contains information about the
facilities shown on the map.
Facilities are located by county,
by nearest community, and by a
simple code and grid system.
The map is designed to be used
in conjunction wth any standard
touring map of New York State.
For a free copy of this new
edition of the Outdoor Recreation
Map, write: State Conservation
Department, Room 339C, State
Plainedge Public Library To Hold
Summer Reading Club Celebration
Due to the large number of
children registered in the Summer
Reading Club, the Plainedge
Public Library will hold its winr'•*
up celebration of a film showu. i
on Wednesday, August 23 in the
cafeteria of the Baldwin Drive
At 10: 30 a. m., the colorful
films Madeline and The Golden
Fish will be shown to preschoolers.
Mementos of the Summer
Story Hour will be given to
the children who participated and
book marks will be given to those
At 1: 30 p. m. the same day,
certificates of merit will be given
to children who successfully
" Rode the Reading Route" in the
Summer Reading Club. 300 children
registered in the Club and
more than 75% completed the required
six books. After the presentation
ceremony, The Golden
Fish will be shown along with a
film, entitled White Mane.
All pre- schoolers in the district
are invited to attend the
10: 30 a. m. program, and all children
through 6th grade are welcome
at the 1: 30 p. m. presentation.
Returning Vets Entitled To Fringe
Benefits Under Federal Law
Returning servicemen entitled
to fringe benefits under federal
Veterans who return to the
place where they worked before
entering the military service are
entitled to the same fringe benefits
they would have received if
they had never enteredthe Armed
This reminder came from Dow
E. Walker, Regional Director of
the U. S. Labor Department's
Office of Veterans Reemployment
According to Walker, fringe
benefits to which the returning
veterans are entitled may include
increased vacation time, sick
leave, retirement and profit-sharing
rights, depending on
union contract or employer practices.
Walker added that the returning
veteran may also be entitled
to the vacation time that he would
normally have earned in the year
of his return from military service.
Returning servicemen who
have questions pertaining to the
Federal Veterans Reemployment
Rights law should contact the U.
S. Department of Labor, Office
of Veterans Reemployment
Rights, 341 Ninth Avenue, New
In Tri- Town Meet
Members of the swimming
teams from Oyster Bay Town's
four community parks will compete
in an inter- town meet on
Friday, August 25 at the Plain-view
Community Pool for the
right to represent the town at a
tri- town meet.
The best swimmers, ages
11- 12 and 13- 14 from Bethpage,
Plainview, Syoaset and Massa-pequa,
will vie for honors starting
at 6 pm Among the events
for both boys and girls is the
200- yard relay, 100- yard medley
and 50- yard backstroke, breast
stroke and free- style.
On Monday, August 28, the
Oyster Bay Town winners will
compete against swimmers from
Hempstead and North Hempstead
Towns at Manorhaven Pool in
Port Washington starting at 7
The Town of Oyster Bay Board
denied the petition of the Humble
Oil and Refining Co. for a change
of zone from Residence * D' to
Business ' G' and a special permit
use for a gas station on North
Broadway between Albany andU-tica
Avenues, North Massapequa.
A hearing on the matter was held
on May 16.
The Town Board approved : he
petition of Monchstea Nursery
School onMerrittRoad, Farming-dale
for a Special Permit to expand
its nursery school facilities.
A hearing was held on April 4.
To Marine Corps
Parents and friends of Marines
from Nassau and Suffolk
countries are invited to attend
a Parents Orientation Night at
8: 30 p. m., on Wednesday, August
30, in the Sagamore Room at the
Roosevelt Field Shopping Center.
Through the use of audio and
visual aids, additional props and
a live narration, the program
highlights the eight weeks of
Marine Corps Boot Camp.
Marine recruiters initated the
program to enlighten parents of
newly enlisted Marines on the
training young men receive at
the Marine Corps Recruit Depot,
Parris Island, S. C.
budget. Keflection in the events
leading to the previous budget
defeat reveals the same pattern
developing of instituting malicious
legal action against me
just before the election. To those
who know me, no defense of my
position is necessary. To those
who honestly question my actions,
I will gratefully reply to their
direct question. For the rest
I can only pray. This third battle
of the budget is not my battle
but that of the majority who
elected me and defeated the two
previous budgets. I am only acting
as the representative of these
people in providing the facts
on the library and protecting
their interest in the efficient
expenditure of their money. I
shall continue to do so as long
as I remain a member of the
Recently- elected Farmingdale
Library Trustee Carl E. Gorton
made available to newspaper reporters
a tape recording of the
alleged fracas which took place
at the South Farmingdale Library
last Friday. Gorton is being
charged with third degree assault
by Assistant librarian Mrs. Hor-
' tensia Stoyan, Gorton claims that
he is innocent. The following is
Gorton's tape recorded dialogue
as heard by an Observer reporter.
Gorton: Good morning, Mrs.
Stoyan: Good Morning.
Gorton: Excuse me one minute,
Mrs. Stoyan. Is this Mr. Roth-man's
. special reading class that
you are conducting?
Gorton: Is Mr. Rothamn here?
Stoyan: Yes, he's here.
Gorton: Where can he be located?
Stoyan: In his office.
Gorton: Where is his office?
Stoyan: His office is in the other
corner of the building.
Little boy: Are you taping us?
Gorton: Yes, I am sonny.
Gorton to a staff member: Do
you know where Mr. Rothman
Staff Member: I don't see him
around at the moment. He might
be in his office in the corner
Gorton: Mr. Rothman I presume?
Didn't you just hear me inquiring
Rothman: Sorry, I'm busy.
Gorton: Yes, I understand that.
I appreciate it. I'm Carl Gorton,
as you probably realize, a Trustee.
I came in to obtain some information
from you regardingthe
instruction of your class.
Rothman: We're making a report
and Mr. Dow will be glad to speak
to you about it.
Gorton: Have you been instructed
by Mr. Dow not to answer any
questions of mine?
Gorton: No? Well, I appreciate
the fact that he is making a report,
I will expect full and complete
reports from him from now
on. However, I am interested in
obtaining some immediate facts
or information. I think you can
supply in a couple of minutes. If
you would care to extend that
Rothman: I'm busy now.
Gorton: Is this the extent of your
class at present? Two students?
How many are attending this
Rothman: You are interrupting.
Gorton: I'm sorry would you repeat
Gorton: Could you tell me how
many pupils have been engaged in
your class please. Do you refuse
to supply me with that simple
Rothman: I refuse to talk with
you with the tape recorder.
Gorton: Why is that, sir? Are
you afraid that something you
might say, may be used against
you? Mr Rothman, will you supply
me with that information,
Gorton: Do you still continue to
refuse to answer my simple question,
Gorton: Mrs. Stoyan?
Stoyan: ( who has followed Rothman
back to his office where Gorton
is waiting). Mr. Gorton, you
know Mr. Rothman is working
and does not wish you to be taping
his class and neither do I
because that's an invasion of
Gorton: On the contrary.
Stoyan: I'd have to sue you for
that and after all you have no
reason to be invading our privacy.
Gorton: No, this is not a private
matter. This is a public matter,
Stoyan: No, this is not a public
matter^ You are not tbe public.
You are only one person.
Gorton: Mrs. Stoyan, I have a
question for you also.
Stoyan: Mr. Gorton, you are only
one person and you are interrupting
the library continuously.
You should not be interrupting
library procedures -
especially whenthe public is here.
Gorton: Mrs. Stoyan. you a re disturbing
the library. As a library
employee and assistant director
you should know the authority invested
in trustees to obtain information.
Stoyan: You came to see Mr.
RothmanCundistinguisable) I will
not be talking with you. Come on,
zip up your . . . You don't have
any business Having a tape recorder
Gorton: I have every reason in
the world, ( sound of cane falling
Gorton: Will you please give me
my cane and stop trying to grab
Stoyan: Oh yes, of course. What
happened there? ... Oh dear.
Gorton: Please leave my tape-recorder
Stoyan: Why do you have a tape
Gorton: Keep your hands off my
property, Mrs. Stoyan.
Stoyan: Why do you havethatfor?
You can walk very nicely without
Gorton: I'd like to ask you a
simple question, Mrs. Stoyan.
What is your relationship to Mr.
and Mrs. Serrano?
Editor's Note: The Serrano's are
employed by the library as part-time
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