Tupper Lake Republicans choose candidates

TUPPER LAKE – Tupper Lake’s Republican caucus selected four candidates for four village board seats opening this fall.

Mayor Paul Maroun’s seat is expiring, along with Rick Donah and Leon LeBlanc’s village trustee seats. All carry two-year terms. The two remaining years of Michael DeMars’ village justice seat are also up for grabs.

All three incumbents will seek re-election, and Chris Delair will run for the unexpired justice term. That seat was left open when DeMars resigned last November after accepting a job as an investigator with the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, which created a conflict of interest according to New York state law. Town Justice Leonard Young III assumed DeMars’ duties until the upcoming election.

Maroun, who has also been backed by Tupper Lake’s Democratic caucus, said he thinks a number of projects will soon move forward in Tupper Lake, including the Municipal Park beach project, the Adirondack Club and Resort and the new emergency services building.

“This board, even though we don’t agree on everything, we’re trying to make Tupper Lake the kind of place where people want to live, people want to raise kids, people want to come as tourists and people want to come to see what’s going on,” Maroun said. “I think you’re going to see a lot happening in Tupper Lake very soon.”

Donah agreed with Maroun’s optimism, and stressed that the town and the village need to work together.

“We all live here, and we know what the challenges are,” Donah said. “We’re one community, and we all need to work together.”

The town’s Republican caucus will be held Monday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library.

Contact Shaun Kittle at 891-2600 ext. 25 or skittle@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.