Julie Hunsdon prepares to cast her vote in Ticonderoga on Election Day. There was no suspense Election Day in Ticonderoga, where all the candidates ran unopposed.
Charles Harrington has been elected Crown Point supervisor.
Harrington, a Republican, defeated incumbent Democrat Bethany Kosmider by a 454-316 margin in voting Nov. 8.
In the race for two town board seats Tara Peters received 473 votes, incumbent Charles Mazurowski 449, incumbent Yvonne DuShane 321 and Sherlene Simpson Barrows 155. Peters and Mazurowski are Republicans. DuShane and Simpson Barrows ran as independents.
Linda Woods, incumbent Republican, was re-elected town clerk by a 497-274 vote over Judy Mildon.
Art Miclette, incumbent Republican, defeated Marge Hurlburt to remain town justice. The vote was 506-218.
Eugene “Peanut” Ingleston, running unopposed, was re-elected highway superintendent with 585 votes. He is also an incumbent Republican.
All results remain unofficial until certified by the Essex County Board of Elections.
Harrington said his top priority is to move past the campaign.
“I want to try to get government back to normal; try to institute some trust,” he said. “I’m glad it’s over.”
The election capped a bitter campaign that split the community.
Kosmider’s first term has been marked by a controversial decision to eliminate the town’s elected three-member board of assessors in favor of a sole, appointed assessor. In July, the Crown Point town board voted 3-2 to eliminate the elected assessors, effective Dec. 31. Kosmider joined with trustees DuShane and Bob Patnode in voting for the change. Trustees Mazurowski and Tom Walters opposed it.
Supporters of a sole assessor claim the move will save the town about $18,000 a year, noting the change was recommended by the town budget reduction committee. Opponents feel the current assessors are doing a good job, that money can be saved in other areas of the budget and people have a right to elect assessors.
The Crown Point town board’s decision to eliminate the elected assessors divided the community. Some support the assessors, others support the decision and still others believe the issue should have gone to a public referendum.
Assessors Carl Ross, Stephen Mackey and Glen Porter railed against the move and organized supporters to defeat Kosmider and Dushane in their re-election bids. The assessors and their supporters backed Harrington for supervisor along with Peters and Mazurowski for town board.
The Interested Taxpayers of Crown Point formed to support the assessor decision and to back Kosmider and Dushane in their re-election efforts.
Signs went up criticizing the “gang of three” — Kosmider, DuShane and Patnode — who voted for the change. Other signs backed Kosmider and DuShane. Town board meetings have become raucous. Letters to the editor have been published. Each side has placed newspaper ads. Discussions — sometimes fights — have taken place on streets.
Harrington said the election hinged on the assessor debate.
“This, in effect, was the referendum on the assessor decision,” Harrington said. “It shows the dislike people had for the way the assessor issue was handled.
“Sometimes democracy is messy, but it works” he added. “We all had input in one way or another.”
Kosmider agreed the assessor issue was key to the election. She said the assessors misled the community about the change.
“I hope they (the assessors) won’t put the town through this any longer,” Kosmider said of the anger. “The signs need to come down. The silliness needs to stop.”
Kosmider said she is confident she has acted in the best interests of Crown Point during her tenure.
“I’ll get a good night’s sleep,” she said. “I think we accomplished a lot the past two years. I hope the town doesn’t regress. I really want to thank the people who have supported me.”
There was no suspense Election Day in Ticonderoga, where all the candidates ran unopposed.
Debra Malaney was re-elected supervisor with 459 votes. An unnamed write-in candidate received 97 votes for supervisor.
Tonya Thompson was tabbed as town clerk with 632 votes, James O’Bryan was re-elected town justice with 621, David Iuliano (535 votes) and Wayne Taylor (488 votes) were elected to the town board and Michael Parent was returned as highway superintendent with 600 votes.
There were no contested races in Moriah.
Thomas Scozzafava was re-elected supervisor with 491 votes. Elaine Adkins was returned as town clerk/tax collector with 445 votes. Brian Venne was re-elected town justice with 450 votes. Paul Salerno Jr. (437 votes) and Thomas Anderson (375 votes) were returned to the town board; Jamie Wilson was re-elected highway superintendent with 461 votes and Brent Ida (307 votes) and Leilani Sprague (345 votes) were elected assessors. All are Republicans, except Democrat Sprague.
Edna Frasier, running unopposed, was elected supervisor in Hague with 285 votes. Frasier, a Republican, will replace retiring supervisor Dan Belden.
Steven Remant, a Republican, received 290 votes and Democrat Rudolph Meola got 203 votes to win town board seats. Bruce Clark had 173 votes.
Donald Smith Sr., a Democrat, was elected highway superintendent with 228 votes. EJ Siwek, a Republican, got 154.
Republican Deborah Manning, running unopposed, was elected town clerk with 364 votes.
There were no opposed races in Putnam.
John LaPointe was re-elected supervisor with 106 votes, Kevin Hart (118 votes) and Shirley Randall (121 votes) were elected to the town board, Patricia Wilson was elected town clerk with 138 votes and Gary Treadway was elected highway superintendent with 140 votes. All are Republicans.