SARANAC LAKE - The village's current mayor plans to name a former mayor to the position of deputy mayor.
Clyde Rabideau told the Enterprise after Tuesday's village election that he will name current trustee and fellow Democrat Tom Catillaz as deputy mayor when the new village board is seated next month. Catillaz served as village mayor for seven years until he decided not to seek re-election in 2006. He rejoined the board as a trustee in 2010.
"The baritone of Broadway, Tom Catillaz, he's like a thoroughbred," Rabideau said with a laugh. "You've gotta run him around the track to keep him loose and limber and in good shape. And I'd like to give him a little bit of practice, you know, get back in the fighting form that he used to be in. So he'll be my pick as my deputy mayor."
(Enterprise file photo)
Republican Jeff Branch is currently the village's deputy mayor. Branch lost his re-election bid Tuesday, along with his running mate Mark Gillis, to Democrats Barbara Rice and Paul Van Cott.
The last meeting of the current village board is this Monday, March 26. Village officials plan to salute outgoing Trustee John McEneany at that meeting for his 10 years of service to the village. Rabideau said Wednesday that the village would also like to honor Branch, who has seven years as a trustee under his belt, although that won't happen at next week's meeting.
"We're reaching out to him and trying to put something together for probably the first meeting after the organizational meeting on (April) 9th," Rabideau said. "He gave seven years of service to the village of Saranac Lake, and he deserves our recognition and thanks. I'm hopeful he'll accept our invitation."
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