Residents in The Village of Saranac Lake head to the polls today from Noon until 9pm and there are two lines on the ballot.. one for Village Mayor and one for Village Trustee.. There are three candidates running for two open Village Trustee Seats.. Trustees Allie Pelletieri and Tom Catillaz are the incumbents. They’re being challenged by Gary Hoffman.. Pelletieri is running on the Democratic, the Republican and the Conservative lines while Catillaz is running on the Democratic, and the Saranac Lake Future Lines.. Hoffman is running on the Republican Ticket.. Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau is running on the Democratic line as well as for Saranac lake’s Future.. He says “The overall strength of Saranac Lake has always been the community character but added to that is the fact that they’ve found ways to create jobs with biotechs, the hotel projects and the attitude has improved greatly and there’s a lot of great things to look forward to as we look ahead.”
He’s challenged by Dianna Trummer who is running on the Republican Ticket.. Dianna says she’s always been involved in politics off and on on the outskirts but she says she decided to take the leap this year because of taxes…”They’re just too much. I know that the board has done a great job of not letting them get excessive but they need to go backwards, but they need to go backwards.” Trummer says she sees one of the strengths of the community as it’s people.. They’re friendly, helpful and very supportive.
Mayor Rabideau says “The state highways are one of the issues facing Saranac Lake and thankfully they’ll be re-building that in the spring. They’re hopeful they can work with the state to upgrade the roads that they own. The other area of improvement, Rabideau says, is restructuring village government so that they can sustain the less than two percent or zero percent tax increase in the years ahead. We’ve Got to keep our village affordable, Rabideau said, and we’ve got to restructure to do that.
Trummer says “Looking forward, every community official needs to find something that will promote economic growth and you have to find different avenues for that.” She added that she knows this is a tourist area and you have lots of business geared toward tourism and it would be nice to find something more year round to get people jobs. “I know that we have three major employers,” Trummer said, “The Hospital, AMA and the College, but we need something else that will get people jobs.”
Mayor Rabideau added that it’s important for everyone in the village to get out to the polls.. There is only one voting district for the village.. and voting will take place at the Harrietstown Town Hall from Noon today until 9pm this evening..