TUPPER LAKE - David "Haji" Maroun will take a seat on the village board in December alongside incumbent Trustee Tom Snyder, who won re-election Tuesday night, and the rest of the board.
Maroun got the most votes of the three men running for two seats on the village board: unofficially, 693 votes to Snyder's 681 and 560 for Ron LaScala.
Maroun will take the seat currently belonging to Chip Perham, who decided not to seek re-election because he plans to travel more in the near future once his wife retires.
Tupper Lake village board members, current and future, pose together after results come in Tuesday night at Republican headquarters at the Tupper Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars post. They are, from left, re-elected incumbent Trustee Tom Snyder, Trustee Leon LeBlanc, Mayor Paul Maroun, Trustee-elect David 'Haji' Maroun and soon-to-be-retired Trustee Chip Perham.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
Maroun and Snyder, both Republicans, gathered with other members of the village board and other local Republicans at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post to watch returns, while LaScala joined fellow Democrats at the Knights of Columbus hall. Each party gathers in a central location and sends runners out to each of the six district polling stations in town.
Numbers for Districts 1 and 6, which are outside the village, came in first Tuesday night, shortly after the polls closed at 9 p.m. but gave no insight into the trustee race. Districts 2 and 3, with polling places at Don Smith's Apartments and Ivy Terrace, came in next, showing Maroun in the lead and Snyder close behind.
The final two polling stations, both in the Junction neighborhood, took some time since one of the voting machines there had some problems. When Royce Cole returned with the numbers, they showed Maroun and Snyder with a tie in those two districts and LaScala trailing by about 50.
Haji Maroun will be the second Maroun to join the Tupper Lake village board. Paul Maroun took over as mayor a year ago after running unopposed for the seat vacated by Mickey Desmarais. Paul Maroun is also a Franklin County legislator.
Haji Maroun, who works as a correction officer in Ray Brook, told the Enterprise Tuesday night that he's looking forward to working with the rest of the village board.
"I want to work hard for the community," he said. "I'm working for the people, not myself."
He said that before the results came in, he was nervous but excited, too.
"I was nervous, of course," Haji Maroun said. "Who wouldn't be nervous?"
Snyder, a business owner, said he was confident going into Election Day.
"I feel I've done all the right things," Snyder said. "I think that people appreciate that."
He thanked all the people who voted for him and said he looks forward to working with Haji Maroun.
"I think he'll be a good asset to the board," Snyder said.
LaScala, a delivery driver for Hyde Fuel, said he feels like he tried his best.
"I feel like these are respectable numbers for a first-time runner," LaScala said.
He plans to stay involved in the community and then run again for either the town or village board the next time around.
"I'm going to continue to put my message across, which is, we need to grow our village instead of letting it keep shrinking," LaScala said.
After leaving Democrat headquarters around 10 p.m., LaScala headed to the VFW to congratulate Haji Maroun and Snyder.
Contact Jessica Collier at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or firstname.lastname@example.org.