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Supervisors vote to demolish Cavalcade, but McCoy says 'No'

Board chairman Fred Monroe said he voted against rehabilitation because it was bound to be expensive, and the county taxpayers would be on the hook for the costs if the town of Lake George at some point didn't shoulder the bill.

"The county is in no position at this point to take any risk like this," he said.

Geraghty added his thoughts, saying, "If creating this event and conference space was such a good idea, private enterprise would have taken on this project years ago."

Goodspeed commented on why he voted for demolition stating, "For me, it was a matter of taking the course of which action is most protective of the taxpayers."

New building concept presented

McCoy had presented a new rendering Friday of an expansive, Adirondack-style building, far more elaborate than a drawing he presented to the county supervisors in late spring.

The vote occurred after a meeting, nearly three hours long, in which people provided arguments on both sides of the issue. Primarily business people - other than two major venues - were represented as favoring of renovation,while individual citizens who showed up for the meeting were generally aligned with demolition.

Joanne Gavin of the Lake George Citizens group held up a stack of petitions signed by more than 800 people in the county, calling for demolition of the building. Thirty people stood up in support of her plea.

Bill Kenny, embattled chairman of the Gaslight Ad-Hoc Committee, who was commissioned to provide a recommendation to the full board, had the last word before the vote.

Once an ardent supporter of saving the venue, he distributed a 13-page, single-spaced statement arguing in favor of demolition - then he read each word. He said Cavalcade renovation is likely to be expensive to Lake George taxpayers. Citing the recent White Paper tourism report, he said anything less than a complete rebuild, or merely a fixer-upper rehabilitation job, might discourage tourism rather than boost it.

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