continued Assessors Carl Ross, Stephen Mackey and Glen Porter railed against the move and organized supporters to defeat Kosmider and Dushane in their re-election bids. The assessors and their supporters backed Harrington for supervisor along with Peters and Mazurowski for town board.
The Interested Taxpayers of Crown Point formed to support the assessor decision and to back Kosmider and Dushane in their re-election efforts.
Signs went up criticizing the “gang of three” — Kosmider, DuShane and Patnode — who voted for the change. Other signs backed Kosmider and DuShane. Town board meetings have become raucous. Letters to the editor have been published. Each side has placed newspaper ads. Discussions — sometimes fights — have taken place on streets.
Harrington said the election hinged on the assessor debate.
“This, in effect, was the referendum on the assessor decision,” Harrington said. “It shows the dislike people had for the way the assessor issue was handled.
“Sometimes democracy is messy, but it works” he added. “We all had input in one way or another.”
Kosmider agreed the assessor issue was key to the election. She said the assessors misled the community about the change.
“I hope they (the assessors) won’t put the town through this any longer,” Kosmider said of the anger. “The signs need to come down. The silliness needs to stop.”
Kosmider said she is confident she has acted in the best interests of Crown Point during her tenure.
“I’ll get a good night’s sleep,” she said. “I think we accomplished a lot the past two years. I hope the town doesn’t regress. I really want to thank the people who have supported me.”
There was no suspense Election Day in Ticonderoga, where all the candidates ran unopposed.
Debra Malaney was re-elected supervisor with 459 votes. An unnamed write-in candidate received 97 votes for supervisor.