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North Elba voters re-elect incumbents

November 8, 2017
By GRIFFIN KELLY - Staff Writer (gkelly@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi, running on the independent Fair and Honest Party line, was re-elected against Democratic challenger Brian Barrett in a 1,308-to-464-vote victory.

In a race for two town council seats, the two incumbents, Derek Doty and Jack Favro, won with 1,278 and 949 votes, respectively, over Bryan "Liam" Kennelly, who received 758 votes.

"We've worked hard," Politi said Tuesday night. "I've got a good team."

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From left North Elba Councilmen Derek Doty and Jack Favro and Supervisor Roby Politi celebrate their re-election wins Tuesday night at American Legion Post 326 in Lake Placid.
(News photo — Griffin Kelly)

Politi said there are multiple concerns he and the town board will be addressing in 2018.

"We're going to face issues of affordable housing, safety issues with vacation rentals, try to figure out solutions to road salt issues in Mirror Lake," he said.

Despite these concerns, Politi said he believes North Elba is a successful town.

"Lots of towns would like to be like us," he said. "We have our growing pains, but we'll get through it."

Other than that, Politi said he would like to preserve the ideals he and the board have had for the past couple of year.

"We've always been very positive," he said. "Our mission is the same: We're in the events business, and we're going to continue to be in the events business."

Barrett had a campaign built heavily on change. His proposals included consolidating the Lake Placid village and the town of North Elba's governments into one, which he would call the town of Lake Placid; building a parking garage in downtown Lake Placid with a community center, which would include indoor sports fields, a track and a heated pool; and privatizing Craig Wood Golf Course.

Barrett also wanted to address the housing and rental market more aggressively with a moratorium to ensure no further properties could be rented out short-term, while also conducting more thorough safety inspections on designated homes and apartments.

Derek Doty, a man with 21 years of municipal government experience, said he is happy with the results and surprised with the number of voters.

"It's not the win," Doty said. "It's the message."

He said the large voter turnout of 1,772 shows that people are willing to come out and voice that they like how the town is being run and wish to continue with it.

Along with Politi's aforementioned rental market concerns, Doty said two major plans in 2018 for the town board is fixing the sidewalk around Mirror Lake and purchasing a biodigester. The new sidewalk would accommodate the heavy foot traffic around the lake, and the biodigester is a machine that anaerobically processes organic waste into solid compost, liquid fertilizer and methane gas, which would can then be converted into electricity.

Over the years and despite multiple members representing different parties, Doty said the town board works cooperatively and efficiently.

"We're a very tight board," Doty said. "We cross party lines to run together. It's not the party you represent; it's the job you do."

 
 

 

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