McCoy expands thin margin, wins top Lake George post

But the Democrats have done well in the region recently, with the economic collapse occurring nationally under a G.O.P. president, and Scott Murphy, a Democrat, winning the area Congressional seat this last Spring.

"It's been a throw-out-the-incumbent year, and there's been a backlash against any one who's been in office," McCoy said, explaining his slim margin.

What resonated with the local voters this year? McCoy said it was the proposed town-village consolidation, without a doubt.

"People in the town are 100 percent against taking on the village and its debts," he said Tuesday after his win.

McCoy said he would be taking the town in a slightly different direction, after the retirement in December of Lou Tessier, who's led the town for 26 years.

"I'll be aggressively exploring grants for water and sewer upgrades in town," he said. "Also. we have to use our bed tax money more effectively."

Observers said the vote turnout was extremely high for a year without a U.S. presidential election.

Tuesday, McCoy said he wanted them to get a message.

"I want to thank all the voters whether they voted for me or not," he said.

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