Town politics in Lake George have been lively lately, and the Republican Primary race for supervisor post and two board seats continues the trend.
Town Supervisor Frank McCoy is challenged by Dennis Dickinson, a surveyor, engineer and business owner. Before his two-year tenure as supervisor, he served as town councilman for eight years, plus on the town planning and zoning boards. McCoy and Dickinson — battled two years ago for the supervisor post — will face Democratic candidate Jan Strachan in November.
Dickinson, who served as town supervisor from 1979 through 1983, says his experience in running his surveying/engineering firm provided knowledge and skills appropriate to run the town. Dickinson switched his party affiliation this year from Democrat to Republican.
McCoy said his 21 years of active, committed involvement in town government will serve him well leading the Lake George community — all the citizens, and not just a special interest group — into the future.
Both McCoy and Dickinson said they will work hard and smart to enhance government efficiency and lower taxes. McCoy said he’s lowered taxes in his first budget, and a second tax cut is set for this next year.
Both Dickinson and McCoy said preservation of lake quality and the local environment are top priorities. McCoy cites his accomplishment of enacting a phosphorus ban in the lake’s watershed. Dickinson said that if elected, he’s seek to boost the economy while reducing fees and surcharges.
McCoy said he’s worked to promote tourism — like helping bring the Centurian bicycle race to town and assisted in securing an agreement to keep Americade in town for at least five more years. Also, McCoy notes he’s boosted efforts to eradicate the Asian clam infestation.
Active race for town board
For the Lake George town board, there’s a four-way race. Board members Caryl Clark and Scott Wood are challenged by Marisa Muratori in the Primary, and Dan Hurley in the November election.
Caryl Clark has served as the local town clerk and the Warren County Clerk for a total of 36 years, followed up by four years on the town board. She’s served as president of both the New York State Association of Towns and the NYS Association of County Clerks.
Scott Wood has served for years on the town board as well as 21 years on the town Planning Board — plus for 26 years, as a board member on the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce. For the last two boards, he has served as president. He is owner of the Lobster Pot Restaurant. Wood cites his advocacy to boost town stormwater management facilities, as well as efforts to boost tourism.
Marisa Muratori served as Lake George Village Trustee from 2002 to 2009, and on the village Planning Board from 1997 to 2002. She notes as accomplishments her efforts on developing the Lake Avenue Park and the Lake George Visitors’ Center and work on the local Go-Green Committee. In a previous election, Muratori carried a Democratic endorsement.
Muratori, Clark and Wood all cite protection of lake water quality and the area environment as a top priorities, along with keeping taxes low.
Muratori said she is running for office to rectify instability in town finances, correct out-of-date planning policy and inefficient code enforcement, while speeding up governmental work on chronic issues including of infrastructure improvements.
Wood said key issues were continuing to improve public infrastructure including sewer, water and sidewalks; ramping up efforts on stormwater management; boosting tourism to bolster the area economy and offset the tax burden with sales tax revenue; and work for a better quality of life for citizens. Clark said controlling the town’s expenses in light of the 2 percent tax cap was crucial.
Clark and Wood said that if re-elected, they’d work to keep taxes low and preserve the environment. Clark said she’d take steps to provide an adequate headquarters for the local emergency squad.
Muratori said that if elected, she’d work to sharpen the town’s vision, work to provide greater lake access for residents, promote citizen involvement in community projects, and boost transparency in government. On this last issue, Clark said she and others on the board have already taken substantial strides in that regard.
Battle erupts for local party seats
For seats on the Lake George Democratic Committee, Lake George Citizens Group members Joanne Gavin and Barbara Neubauer are challenging incumbent Democratic Committee members George Green and Janie Green, apparently to shift Democratic support towards the group’s chosen candidates, which are now Dickinson and Muratori. The two are also to be listed on the general election ballot under the Citizen Group’s new independent party line bearing its name.
George Green said this week this apparent move to take over the local Democratic committee was a detriment to the multi-party system, as the Democratic endorsement would be shifted to Republicans.