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Saranac Lake vote delayed 6 weeks

Three candidates for two four-year seats on the Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees take part in a debate March 10 at the Harrietstown Town Hall. (Enterprise photos — Griffin Kelly)

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday issued an executive order delaying village elections statewide — including Saranac Lake’s — until April 28, coinciding with the state’s presidential primary.

Saranac Lake’s village election was set for Wednesday, with polls at the Harrietstown Town Hall open from noon to 9 p.m. Now that won’t happen for nearly six weeks.

Three candidates — Fred Balzac (Green), Tom Catillaz (Democrat) and Rich Shapiro (Democrat) — are running for two four-year seats on the village Board of Trustees.

“Our top priority has been keeping New Yorkers safe and stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus,” Cuomo said in a press release. “Public health officials have been clear that reducing density is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread, and delaying village elections will help ensure poll workers and voters are not potentially exposed to the virus and at the same time maintain integrity in our election system.”