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Ticonderoga to elect new supervisor

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.

"I absolutely feel I'm qualified for the position," Malaney said. "I have experience in budgeting, business management, community relations, public relations, tourism and a lot more."

The top issue in Ticonderoga is balancing taxes and services, she said.

"I'm in favor of keeping tax rates at the cost of living while securing our necessary day-to-day services," Malaney said. "This is not the time to implement new, extensive projects. We have to be aware of the local and national economies."

The candidate promises to be an advocate for local businesses and to work for viable economic development.

Out-going Supervisor Dedrick has gone a good job, Malaney said, but more needs to be done.

"We've seen such huge growth recently," she said. 'The four corners has developed (Wal-Mart, Lowe's) and can grow more. Montcalm Street has improved, but we can do more. And we need to look to the future of the entire town and not limit our efforts to any one area.

"One of my ultimate goals is to walk through a thriving business district and hear residents say how happy they are to live in Ticonderoga," she said.

The future is bright for the community, Malaney said.

"We have such great potential in Ti," she said. "Our natural resources, our history, the strength of our volunteers will help Ticonderoga now and in the future."

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