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Malaney elected

TICONDEROGA - Deb Malaney was elected Ticonderoga supervisor Nov. 3.

Her victory makes Malaney the first woman supervisor in town history. The former village of Ticonderoga had two female mayors - Babe Smith and Hazel Flack.

"I thank everyone for their support and for putting your trust in me," Malaney said. "It's truly an honor."

Malaney, a Republican, received 805 votes. Democrat Robert "Chooch" Pell deChame got 619 votes.

Incumbent Supervisor Bob Dedrick did not seek re-election.

Ticonderoga voters also elected two town board members.

Retired Ti Police Chief Jeff Cook had 1,096 votes and retired Ti police officer Steve Whitford had 881 to win the seats. Both are Republicans. Whitford is an incumbent.

Incumbent trustee Robert Thatcher, running as an independent, received 363 votes and will not return to office.

Malaney said she looks forward to her tenure.

"I'm well aware this is not the easiest job one could try for, but it's worth it," she said. "It's a good place to live and full of good people. There is no challenge we can't overcome as a community.

"I look forward to working with everyone and to hearing your advice and concerns," Malaney said. "It's not a one person job - it takes a whole community working together."

Malaney ran for supervisor, touting her experience.

A graduate of Ticonderoga High School, Malaney worked 15 years in sales and marketing in the Albany area before returning to her hometown in 1990. She operated Aidan's Lair gift shop until taking a marketing position at Fort Ticonderoga in 1995. She became Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce executive director in 2001 and remained there until taking a marketing job with the Best Western in 2007. She is presently working on a business degree at North Country Community College.

She was elected and served as a Ticonderoga town board member 2002-2005 and has sat on the Ticonderoga Economic Development Committee, the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Essex County Quality Destination Committee, the Lake Champlain Regional marketing Committee and many other boards and panels.

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