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Candidates sparring for town offices

WARRENSBURG - With the backdrop of looming county deficits, stretched budgets and a clash of political philosophies, the upcoming general elections in Warren County are lively this year, as a large number of positions in town governments are contended.

Competition is most heated in Lake George, where the supervisor post is up for grabs and five candidates are vying for two Town Board seats.

Councilman Frank McCoy, trained and anointed by retiring Supervisor Lou Tessier, is facing former town Supervisor Dennis L. Dickinson (D), a professional engineer.

Crocitto (R,Ic), councilman since 2002, is challenged by former Town Board member George McGowan (C), Fran Heinrich (R), Janie Green (D) and Marisa Muratori, a former Lake George village trustee who is temporarily wearing a Democratic label after eyeing a crowded field of Republicans earlier this year.

The race in Lake George is exciting this year not only because of the candidates and innovative ideas some of them are proposing, but because of the pressing issues Lake George faces. These issues have prompted controversy, whether it's solutions to the failing sewage collection system, dissolution of village government, substandard capacity at the sewage treatment plant, or the starkly differing ideas for the redevelopment of festival space in the Westbrook Park. See the election profiles elsewhere in this issue for a sampling of the candidates' views.

In Warrensburg, there's no less of a fracas.

There's a contended race for supervisor between two seasoned candidates and a race between three successful entrepreneurs for two board seats.

Former town supervisor and funeral home owner Maynard D. Baker (R,I) is challenging incumbent Supervisor Kevin Geraghty(C), long-time officer of the local fire company, for a four-year term. For Warrensburg Town Board, former town Planning Board member and chair Bryan Rounds (R) is challenging incumbent trustees John Alexander (R ), a funeral home owner, and Joseph Barlow (C,I), an insurance executive.

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