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Godspeed, Mr. Goodspeed

Outgoing supervisor excited about post-political future

Sterling Goodspeed

Sterling Goodspeed

— His mother was from Fagan’s Flats in Indian Lake, and Goodspeed said her family was among the founders of that town. His father was a baker at Smith’s restaurant, still in operation on Main Street. His parents met during his father's bread deliveries.

After Goodspeed graduated Johnsburg Central in 1980, he moved on to St. Lawrence University, eventually earning his juris doctorate at Albany Law in 1987.

His wife, Susan, operated the News Enterprise for awhile, and Sterling was able to pursue an interest he’d held since he was an undergrad, working for the papers. She did a couple free issues on skiing, and he wrote historical articles for her.

“It was nice, relaxing work compared to the prosecuting work I was doing in Lake George,” he said.

Town politics

After Goodspeed served as Warren County district attorney and later as a public defender, previous Town Supervisor Bill Thomas convinced him to enter a town council race. Thomas and Goodspeed shared visions of train service to North Creek and creating an interconnect from Ski Bowl to Gore Mountain.

The town has worked to build from its heritage and environmental resources instead of looking to chains and box stores to build business. Goodspeed said that's been key to the town's successes.

“I think we’re a shining star in the park; we’re an example to other communities,” he said.

That shining star status didn't come without challenges, ones the community is still contending with.

When Goodspeed first took office as a councilman, his education in law and experience as a supervisor's son helped ease him into the seat.

“I felt very oriented to the position, but there was one very massive surprise,” he said.

That was FrontStreet, which was in an early phase of taking ownership of the Ski Bowl. Goodspeed didn’t realize how embroiled the town board would be in the development. With dozens of revisions to a their complex plan, it was a trial for the council to ensure they were protecting the town's interests with every revision.

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