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Saranac Lake mayoral candidates: incumbent Clyde Rabideau, left, and challenger Dianna Trummer. Photos courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Saranac Lake mayoral candidates: incumbent Clyde Rabideau, left, and challenger Dianna Trummer. Photos courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake village elections follow a quiet campaign

Today is Election Day in villages across the North Country. Among the races to watch is in Saranac Lake, where incumbent Mayor Clyde Rabideau is facing political newcomer Dianna Trummer. The campaign has been fairly quiet, but that's not because there isn't a lot happening in the village.

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Chris Knight
Adirondack Correspondent

Rabideau said some of the village's accomplishments in the last four years include keeping tax levy increases in check, a $1 million sidewalk replacement project, bringing two biotech companies to Main Street and the creation of the Saranac Lake 6er hiking program.

The biggest achievement? Rabideau said there's a change in attitude.

"You can really feel it on the street," he said. "People that you talk to, you can hear it in their voices, their expectations, their hopes. They know Saranac Lake is poised for great things ahead."

Rabideau, a Democrat, said he wants to stay on the job to help grow the village's biotech cluster and shepherd the two major hotel projects in the works in the village, a revitalized Hotel Saranac and a proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower.

"There was at least one or two storefront owners who took their 'For Sale' signs down once they heard the two hotel projects were coming," he said.  "We get calls all the time now from investors looking at Saranac Lake as a place to either open up a first shop or expand their business."

Rabideau's opponent, Republican Dianna Trummer paints a different picture. She says she considered leaving her hometown because it's so expensive to live here.

"Economically, the village is killing me," said Trummer, who's making her first run for political office in Tuesday's election. "I just can't afford the taxes anymore, combined with the water and sewer rent."

 "I don't know if lowering the taxes is 100 percent possible, but I'd like to think it is, so that the village of Saranac Lake once again becomes a working man's village."

Trummer admits she hasn't gone line by line through the village budget, but she says expenses need to be streamlined.

"I'd say the first thing you'd have to look to is If someone's retiring or if someone has resigned, would that position have to be filled?"

Trummer has worked for North Country Community College for 22 years. She's also a union president at the college. Rabideau owns his own construction company.

Polls are open in the village today from noon until 9 pm in the Harrietstown Town Hall.

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