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Saranac Lake Democrats choose candidates

Election for two trustees, one justice

Steve Erman, standing, endorses Paul Van Cott for trustee candidate in the March 20 village election during the Jan. 30 Saranac Lake Democratic Committee caucus at the Harrietstown Town Hall. Erman, now retired, had worked with Van Cott, an attorney, at the Adirondack Park Agency. Van Cott and Barbara Rice were chosen to run for the two open four-year seats on the Village Board. Van Cott is sitting at far right.

Steve Erman, standing, endorses Paul Van Cott for trustee candidate in the March 20 village election during the Jan. 30 Saranac Lake Democratic Committee caucus at the Harrietstown Town Hall. Erman, now retired, had worked with Van Cott, an attorney, at the Adirondack Park Agency. Van Cott and Barbara Rice were chosen to run for the two open four-year seats on the Village Board. Van Cott is sitting at far right. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— “Lastly, to the Hotel Saranac, I am committed to helping in any way to return you to your proper place at the center of our community,” he said.

Van Cott’s second goal is to lower taxes, specifically by trying to reduce or eliminate double taxation generated by the three towns within village limits: Harrietstown, St. Armand and North Elba.

“Saranac Lakers should not pay taxes for services that we do not receive,” he said.

Currently, Saranac Lake Democratic Committee Chair Tom Catillaz is the only Democratic village trustee. If elected, Rice and Van Cott would join Catillaz and Elias Pelletieri, a Conservative, at the board table with Mayor Clyde Rabideau, a Democrat.

The Republicans hold their caucus at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Harrietstown Town Hall, and the Conservatives hold their caucus afterward, at 7:45 p.m., in the village offices on the second floor of the Town Hall.

Democrats also approved Mayor Rabideau’s motion to cross party lines and endorse Justice Ken McLaughlin, of the Conservative Party, for a two-year term. In a move to consolidate the legal system, the village will be eliminating McLaughlin’s position in April; therefore, he will be running to fill the unexpired justice position vacated by Tom Glover when he retired in 2011. The village will eliminate that position when it expires in two years, handing over the justice system to the towns of Harrietstown, St. Armand and North Elba.

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