Residents in Mount Kisco will soon be checking out books from the Henry V. Kensing Memorial Library.
The village board unanimously approved naming the library after Kensing, who served as village trustee from 1963 to 1967, mayor from 1967 to 1981 and village justice from 1990-2005. Kensing died in 2016 at the age of 83.
A ceremony to celebrate the renaming will take place on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.
Kensing was known as Mr. Mount Kisco and was a prominent fixture at public events. In 1968, he represented the village at Yankee Stadium when they hosted "Mount Kisco Night."
As mayor, Kensing also presided over Mount Kisco's secession from the towns of New Castle and Bedford, which occurred in 1978.
Decades later, when Kensing served as a village justice, he worked with local volunteer Mel Berger as part of the "drug court" system, which was established in 1990 and emphases guiding defendants towards treatment instead of heavier punishments.
"The effectiveness of the program in terms of preventing further involvement with the law on the part of the defendants involved in the program has not been statistically determined," Kensing wrote in a 2001 essay in which he praised the program.
More recently, Kensing volunteered with A-HOME, a Northern Westchester-focused group that seeks to provide affordable housing in the area.
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