Lake George has hot five way race for town board

LAKE GEORGE - Competition is brewing in Lake George for the upcoming Primary, where five Republicans will be vying to be their party's representative for two town board seats. In this race, seats of incumbents Vinnie Crocitto and Frank McCoy, who is vacating his seat to run for town supervisor, are up for the taking.

Crocitto (R,Ic), councilman since 2002, is challenged by local businessman John Carr (R), former Town Board member George McGowan (R,C), Fran Heinrich (R,Ic), and Janie Green (R,D). In November, they'll be joined in the race by Democrat Marisa Muratori, a former Lake George Village trustee. Without a supplementary party endorsement, this Primary is Carr's first and only race for this year.

Lake George's supervisor race is uncontested in the Primary. But in November, Councilman Frank McCoy (R) will face former Town Supervisor Dennis L. Dickinson (D).

John Carr's candidacy is based on creative solutions to long-standing issues. George McGowan's is based on his belief in smaller government and separation of private and public power. Vinnie Crocitto, owner-operator of Lake George Super 8 Motel and the local laundromat, is running on his record and accessibility and commitment to the community - as are the other candidates. He listed among his accomplishments working to redevelop Gaslight village into a viable venue for festivals, renting the facility out to organizations to defray costs.

"We want to keep it affordable for taxpayers while boosting tourism," he said. Also, he cites his longstanding work with the town youth commission.

John Carr said if elected, he'd get to work defending property owners' rights in the face of pending Lake George Park Commission stream corridor regulations.

McGowan's been fighting against excessive government regulations for years. McGowan also said the existing town board should insist that all hiring be conducted with the explicit approval by the full town board. He said for years, town employees have been hired by the supervisor's sole decision and knowledge. Also, he said, the town budget should be written in descriptive English, rather than code numbers, which the public can't interpret.

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