Challenger wins village election

LAKE GEORGE - The village board will feature a new member as a result of an upset vote last week which unseated two-term Lake George Village Trustee Marisa Muratori.

Political newcomer Joe Mastrodomenico Jr. was the top vote-getter March 18 in a three-way competition for two board seats.

Mastrodomenico received 157 votes, incumbent trustee John Root received 134 and Muratori received 128.

Mastrodomenico, 45, a free-lancer who works in property maintenance and newspaper delivery, said he was stunned by the results. His four-year term begins Wednesday.

"When the results came in, I was in shock," Mastrodomenico said. "I was definitely surprised and taken aback."

Mastrodomenico said he ramped up his campaigning in the final two days before the election, phoning area residents and knocking on doors through the village.

"A lot of people didn't realize the election was coming up, or they forgot about it," he said. "I concentrated on reminding them to vote, whether it was for me or not."

Muratori also said she was surprised with the election outcome.

"John (Root) and I miscalculated just how popular this guy is - he beat me soundly," she said.

Muratori said she had made phone calls and sent out a mailing, but that her campaigning could have been more extensive.

"I loved my job as village trustee, but the game of politics is not something I relish," she said. "I don't feel bad about this, because apparently this is what the people wanted."

Muratori said she'll miss her work on beautifying the village, helping steer future development and promoting sustainable gardening practices locally.

"Clearly the people have spoken," she said. "Life goes on."

Mastrodomenico has served on the Lake George Town Planning Board, where he's advocated sensible development balanced with the interests of year-round citizens, he said.

He ran for village mayor in 2003, but was defeated by Robert Blais, who's a mayor with one of the longest tenures in the state.

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