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Election reflection

November 8, 2013

We congratulate the winners in Tuesday’s election — the people’s choices for public service....

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Nov-08-13 1:05 PM

If you are waiting for Roger Amell to be decent guy and show a little bit of will have to wait forever. He is an "old-school" politician who has finally learned that the good 'ol boy network doesn't hold clout anymore. Glad to see him go!!

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Nov-08-13 1:42 PM

The fact that so many ran unopposed is not a always credit to the job they are doing. In some cases, it has more to do with apathy. Many people in Tupper Lake are not happy with the mayor/county legislator. Anytime he has faced legitimate competition he was beaten. Wanda Murthagh for county clerk, and Tony Mercurio for county legislator to name two.

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Nov-08-13 8:16 PM

It's unfortunate that Roger chose to speak sarcastically about Patti. Both Roger and Patti are good, decent, hard working people. I'm sure the reporter caught Roger off guard and he's probably eating a bit of humble pie upon realizing his emotions got the best of him. I would expect him to realize his lapse and apologize because he's not a bad person. He has done a very respectable job for the town and should be proud of his many years of service. As for Patti, she has the same passion for public service as did her father, (the late) John Spark. For the people of Tupper Lake, that can only end well. Congratulations to Patti and to all the winners. Looks like Tupper Lake has some great representatives leading them into the coming years.

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Nov-08-13 9:28 PM

Great editorial topic for comments, thanks PC! Roger Amell is a decent man with good intentions, for the most part. What he has NEVER understood as a leader, is that He represents the town, not himself.....and He is a Bully with NO Diplomacy skills what-so-ever!!! His brand of politics worked back in the 60's, 70's, 80's....but not any more Mr. Amell! Patti is at least trying to make transparency and public interest her agenda, which is a far cry from what has been in TL!!!

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Nov-08-13 9:35 PM

The current Mayor and representative on the county legislative board is absolutely LUCKY he won unopposed!!! Almost ANYBODY could run a campaign to defeat him. His support of the ACR is ok, but his marriage to rail people is NOT what the MAJORITY want, yet he insists he votes for his constituents...WRONG Paul, you vote for your personal interest because that Next Stop group finances you....BAD Move!!! You are NOT for the PEOPLE!!!

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Nov-08-13 9:48 PM

Crossman is your typical politician...and don't expect much to change. Riley being elected (fricken' again) to any political post is simply 'funny'. NYS just amended raising Judges retirement to 80 years old (which I voted 'NO' to) and now we have 80+ year olds making local decisions for local budgets and local tax payers. I am not against senior citizens nor their value brought in regard to experience; however, time to find younger blood and leave retirement to what that really is....RETIREMENT! Resigned from the Judicial post due to conflicts that have never been resolved, rather ran away from, and now making decisions in the political arena again. Not good INMHO.

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Nov-08-13 9:55 PM

And...Keough should voluntarily forfeit his financial burden portion of health insurance in good faith for the benefit of the tax payer he claims to represent.

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Nov-10-13 5:31 PM

I find it quite interesting that the Prop #1 was not supported by this local paper, yet Prop #5 was supported. The ADE reported gambling interests spent $361,500 "to get something" for their cause. Well, also reported by the ADE, the NCYO Minerals bought the election by spending $538,961 for their cause to make Prop #5 pass. HMmmmmmm....... No explanation needed, politics as usual at our local level too!!!

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