Tupper Lake voters stick with incumbents
TUPPER LAKE — Tupper Lakers voted Tuesday to maintain the town’s leadership, re-electing incumbents as town supervisor and town council.
Patti Littlefield won the town supervisor election 837-501 over Kathleen Lefebvre. The Republican incumbent was challenged by a Democratic candidate who served for years as a town council member and wanted to bring her ideas for job growth and image improvement to the town’s leadership position.
Littlefield said she was humbled to be elected to a second term, thanking residents, whose houses she visited individually, and promising to work as hard as she ever has for the town.
“I love this job; I love working for Tupper Lake,” Littlefield said. “We have all these projects we are in the middle of, and I’m so glad that we still have the opportunity to do that with the same board in place.”
Republican Michael Dechene campaigned on a platform of upgrading Tupper Lake’s winter and summer tourism offerings and maintaining low taxes to not price residents out of their homes. He was re-elected with 877 votes.
John Quinn received 785 votes as a Democratic candidate and is entering what he has planned to be his final term on the council. Quinn said he will listen to the concerns of Tupper Lakers and make decisions based on what he hears from the people he represents.
Democrat Daniel “Boonie” Carmichael, who received 693 votes, campaigned for the security of Sunmount jobs, the utilization of the Park Street buildings and the building of Tupper infrastructure anticipating the Big Tupper Ski Area reopening.
Republican Tupper Lake village Trustee Leon LeBlanc received 548 votes. Democrat Ron LaScala received 468. Both were re-elected with no other opponent.
After 10 years as a trustee, LeBlanc believes this term will be his last. LeBlanc said his main focus is for the board to support projects like the Adirondack Club and Resort and the rail trail, keeping Tupper Lake’s wealth high and taxes low.
LaScala ran on a similar platform, offering his ability to question ideas, vetting them strictly to reveal any problems.
LeBlanc said he never works on the board as an individual and that acting as a team is the only way to see progress in the village.
“Everybody has an opinion; we sort them out,” Leblanc said.
Republican Mayor Paul Maroun received 542 votes in an uncontested election and said he will work to improve Tupper Lake on three fronts: supporting the ACR project, adding amenities to the pond-side Municipal Park and developing Main and Park streets to their capacity.
Maroun said the board engages in some “lively debates,” showing the care each member puts into their position, and is happy to continue those debates to improve Tupper Lake.