Challenger wins village election

Last week, Warren County leaders voted unanimously to save two buildings from demolition at Gaslight Village and develop them for use by community members and event producers. The decision was in line with the plans of Lake George Supervisor Louis Tessier.

Mayor Blais, however has advocated demolition.

Over the past year, Blais and Tessier, one the top village official and the other the town's top leader, have crossed swords over this issue, and their followers have argued and launched accusations at one another.

Mastrodomenico said Sunday that if elected, he'd like to quell the discord and work towards collaboration between the village and town.

"I definitely would like to help develop a kinship between the two municipalities," he said. "Whether we're in the town or the village, were still the community of Lake George."

As for the Gaslight buildings, he'd like to help start a process, among both town and village officials, of planning for appropriate uses, including reserving some of the space for a teen center and a place to host community events.

"I definitely want to see year-round, community use of the buildings," he said.

Mastrodomenico also repeated a campaign pledge that he'd like to help resolve the questions of how to deal with the Village's debt, a vexing issue if village citizens vote for dissolution.

Also, he said he'd like to boost tourism, particularly on the off-season.

Root said he was surprised to see the initial machine vote total show a 110-110 tie between Muratori and himself in second place, trailing Mastrodomenico.

"The machine was opened and I was shocked," he said. "The results were unfortunate because Marisa devoted a lot of time and talent to the village, and she made a lot of valuable contributions."

Root, however, offered congratulations to Mastrodomenico.

"Joe's well-liked and active in the community, and he'll be an asset going forward," Root said.

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