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New Lake George town board fires financial staff, shakes up planning panel

Listening to government watchdog and critic John Salvador speak during the town of Lake George’s  organizational meeting held Tuesday Jan. 3 are (front, right to left): town board members Marisa Muratori, Vinnie Crocitto, town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson and board member Fran Heinrich. The board enacted a controversial shakeup of the planning board — under Muratori’s initiative — and fired all the town’s financial staff members. Both action were decided in split votes.

Listening to government watchdog and critic John Salvador speak during the town of Lake George’s organizational meeting held Tuesday Jan. 3 are (front, right to left): town board members Marisa Muratori, Vinnie Crocitto, town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson and board member Fran Heinrich. The board enacted a controversial shakeup of the planning board — under Muratori’s initiative — and fired all the town’s financial staff members. Both action were decided in split votes. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Carr said he hoped the decision to shake up the planning board wouldn’t have negative repercussions for the town.

“I hope this doesn’t discourage or intimidate knowledgeable and qualified people from serving on boards,” he said. “I hope for the sake of the community that the new town board members will not be exercising cronyism.”

Carr added that he seeks to stay involved.

“I’ll be available to do anything I can to help out the new town board members in getting them up to speed on projects now underway,” he said.

New town board member Dan Hurley defended his vote, saying that he believed that people should serve only one term in public office — and he was going to lobby to have such a term limit established in Lake George town government.

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