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Newcomer will join Harrietstown board

Milne gets most votes; Riley reelected

From left, Andrew, Ashley and Oliver Milne are seen at the Harrietstown Town Hall Tuesday night after Ashley was announced as a new town council person. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

SARANAC LAKE — Harrietstown will keep one town council person and gain a new one.

According to unofficial votes announced at the Harrietstown Town Hall Tuesday night, newcomer Ashley Milne received 866 votes while current council members Howard Riley and Patricia Meagher got 708 and 514, respectively.

Incumbent Kenneth McLaughlin ran an uncontested race for town justice.

“I feel the weight the of responsibility,” Milne said, “but I’m really excited to represent not only a younger demographic but hopefully so everybody can see more views.”

“It makes me very happy because no matter how long you’ve been around and how many elections you’ve won, there’s always that chance you’re not going to win again,” Riley said.

Harrietstown Councilman Howard Riley smiles after finding out voters reelected him tot he town council Tuesday. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

Meagher said she was disappointed with the results, but she thinks the town is in good hands.

“I appreciate the backing I did have. I’m going to miss it,” she said. “I’m sure (Milne and Riley) will do a good job. The council tends to work well together.”

Both Riley and Milne agreed that properly managing the Adirondack Regional Airport is one of the more important aspects for the town council.

“As all little towns, the goal is to spend the taxpayers’ money wisely and everybody knows our biggest thing is the airport,” Riley said. “That’s huge for the whole region.”

Milne added some of her top priorities are expanding internet access for the town and keeping recreation areas such as Dewey Mountain viable moneymakers for the town.

After the results of Tuesday's election are known, Harrietstown Councilwoman Patty Meagher, right, hugs Ashley Milne, who was elected to take her place on the town board. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)