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Three candidates vying for two village board seats

LAKE GEORGE - Three local citizens are running for two open seats on the Lake George Village Board.

The positions carry a four-year term - unless the village dissolves first. The election is to be held March 18, and the voting machines will be set up in the town hall, as is customary.

Vying for the trustee positions are two incumbents: Marisa Muratori and John Root, challenged by Joe Mastrodomenico.

Trustee Muratori was appointed to the village board in 2002 and has run for her seat twice since. She is now seeking her second full term.

Muratori serves as committee chair presiding over beautification, trees, parks and recreation and she is the village's environmental advocate.

Muratori was instrumental in the development of Lake Avenue Park and the Lake George Visitors Center, and she initiated the establishment of the municipal beatification department. She represents the village on environmental panels including the Lake George Watershed Conference and was the project coordinator of several heritage tourism events.

Trustee Muratori resides on Mountain Drive and has two sons in college, Jackson and Benjamin Strong.

Trustee John Root prevailed in the 2008 special election after losing the famed tie-breaking coin toss following the 2007 general election.

Root is the commissioner of the sanitation department and co-chairman of the village buildings and recreation committee. He also serves as chairman of the committee working with Fairweather Associates to study shared services with the town of Lake George - or possible dissolution of the village government.

Root resides on Ottawa Street and has two children, Carissa, 15, and Nicholas, 12.

Challenger Joe Mastrodomenico, 45, a resident of Montcalm St. is an employee of Stewart's Shops.

His community service includes his membership on the Lake George Town Planning Board, where he's advocated sensible development balanced with the interests of year-round citizens, he said Monday.

Mastrodomenico ran for village mayor in 2003, but was defeated by Robert Blais, who has one of the longest tenures as mayor in the state.

Mastrodomenico said that if elected, he'd like to see the questions resolved of how to deal with the village's debt, particularly if village citizens vote for dissolution. Also, he'd like to build up community resources for year-round residents, while working to boost tourism on the off-season.

Mastrodomenico and his wife Geraldine have three daughters enrolled in Lake George High School.

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