Saranac Lake Warnings about high winds generated from Hurricane Sandy have prompted organizers to cancel the Oct. 29 Harrietstown supervisor debate between Bob Bevilacqua (R) and Tom Catillaz (D).
The debate was scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the Harrietstown Town Hall. After consultation with the two candidates and Town Hall maintenance supervisor John Wheeler, the organizers -- Denton Publications Assistant Managing Editor Andy Flynn and Adirondack Daily Enterprise Managing Editor Peter Crowley -- decided it was best not to have the public on the roads during a storm with high winds.
The high-wind warning runs from 2 p.m. today to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 and calls for sustained winds of 30-40 mph with gusts up to 60-70 mph.
The debate will not be rescheduled; however, an opportunity to videotape the candidates with a question-and-answer format may be held prior to the Nov. 6 election. It will not be open to the public, but the video -- and subsequent news stories -- would be available online at thevalleynewsadk.com and adirondackdailyenterprise.com. Audio may also be provided for the local radio stations.
This is the second time the debate has been canceled between the two candidates. The first debate -- set for Oct. 16 -- was not held because Catillaz had suspended his campaign indefinitely as he was dealing with a family medical matter out of state. On Oct. 19, 10 days after suspending his campaign, Catillaz jumped back into the race.