Several days before his tenure as Lake George Town Supervisor ended, Frank McCoy packs up personal items from his office in the town hall.
Photo by Thom Randall.
Lake George Frank McCoy tossed a digital clock, a necktie, some photographs and a promotional leaflet from his recent unsuccessful campaign to be re-elected town supervisor into one of three cardboard boxes lined up on his desk.
He glanced over at a set of architectural renderings of a trade show and welcome center that he had envisioned to be constructed from the concrete-and-steel skeleton of the former Cavalcade of Cars building in the West Brook Park.
McCoy had lobbied hard for the Cavalcade bones to be saved, and rebuilt into a West Brook Park welcome building and trade show center with Adirondack-themed architecture.
His efforts were defeated -- as was his quest to continue his tenure in office -- by the Lake George Citizens Group, whose primary objective after being formed was to abandon the Cavalcade building redevelopment. The group members criticized his administration at virtually every town board meeting, then worked tirelessly to oust him from office. In November, he and two long-time board members were defeated, and the citizens group’s slate was elected, forming a new majority on the board.
As he packed up his mementoes and personal items on Dec. 28, McCoy looked at the architectural drawings and grimaced.
“They wanted to tear down that sturdy structure, then after it’s gone, they’re supporting the construction of a new $1.21 million Adirondack-style welcome center at the park -- after they argued so hard for ‘open space,’” he said with a tone of bitterness in his voice of the Citizen’s Group. “It was a matter of politics, after all — now I understand that they were out to get me from day one.”
Rather than focusing on frustrations, McCoy talked about his accomplishments as he packed up to vacate the office.
“I cut taxes two years in a row in an era that all expenses were increasing,” he said, noting that taxes had increased steadily before he served as Lake George Town Supervisor. McCoy credited much of the cost-cutting to town Superintendent of Highways Dan Davis for slashing overtime.