Village gearing up for March elections

LAKE PLACID - The temperatures may be frigid, but the political forecast in Lake Placid is just beginning to heat up.

Three seats are up for grabs this March, and a growing list of candidates have tossed their hats into the metaphoric ring - including two men who hope to replace Village Mayor Jamie Rogers.

Long-time village trustee Peter Roy and retired executive vice president of NBT Bank Craig Randall will challenge Rogers, who is running for re-election on the Independent ticket.

According to Randall, his financial experience will be key in his bid to become mayor. He hopes that his past leadership at NBT and his flair for business will convince voters that he is the right candidate to lead the village through uncertain economic times.

Randall currently owns the Northway Motel in Lake Placid and served on the Lake Placid Olympic Organization Committee in 1980. He also cited his commitment to community organizations, such as the Deo Coburn Education Foundation and the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce.

Roy first served the village as a trustee back in 1994, and is making his fourth attempt at the mayor's seat. He cites that residents want a change in leadership, and that he seeks to restore the trust and confidence in government that people demand. Roy is an electrical contractor in the Lake Placid area.

Republicans Zay Curtis and Art Devlin and Democrat Jason Leon will challenge incumbents Pat Gallagher and Paul Strack for their village trustee seats in what promises to be a hotly contested race.

Curtis, a native of New Jersey, moved with his family to Lake Placid in 1975, where he owned and operated an investment advisory practice. He currently works for Curtis & Bissonette, Inc., and anticipates retirement in May.

According to Curtis, his 45 years of experience in the business, financial and management sectors could help in overseeing the growing village budget.

Devlin has lived in Lake Placid throughout his entire life and owns a family motel business with his wife Sue. He has worked with the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau.

Both the mayor's position and the trustee seats carry four-year terms.

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