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Devlin sworn in as Lake Placid’s new mayor

Art Devlin, right, is sworn in as Lake Placid’s new mayor by village clerk Anita Estling at the North Elba Town Hall on Monday. (Enterprise photo — Elizabeth Izzo)

LAKE PLACID — Art Devlin was sworn in as Lake Placid’s new mayor on Monday.

Devlin — who served as a village trustee for 12 years, the last eight years as deputy mayor — was sworn in by village Clerk Anita Estling before a small gathering of people, including village Treasurer Mindy Goddeau, Lake Placid Police Chief William Moore, Assistant Chief Charles Dobson and Highway Superintendent Brad Hathaway.

Devlin ran on the Republican and Teamwork party lines. He won the village election last month with 342 votes to his opponent’s 222 votes. He succeeds Craig Randall, who was term-limited and retired after serving as mayor since 2009.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Devlin said after getting sworn in. “I was up in Craig’s office, which is actually my office now, and it still feels like it’s Craig’s office. But I’m sure it will sink in eventually.”

Devlin ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism, keeping infrastructure up to date, making the village government more transparent and mitigating the village’s affordable housing crisis and population loss. His first official day on the job included a lot of meetings, including the village’s organizational meeting.

His first day also coincided with the first day of work on Lake Placid’s $10 million Main Street streetscape and infrastructure overhaul, a project that’s expected to continue off-and-on for the next two-and-a-half years. Asked what he’d look to tackle in the days to come, Devlin said his focus would be on ensuring the Main Street project got up and running, and that people know what’s going on.

“The important thing here is to get people used to what’s going on, despite the fact that you’ve put it in the newspaper, it’s in the news and on the web, there’s still people that don’t know anything about it. It’ll just take some time to get around,” he told the Enterprise. “We’re lucky to have a construction company like Kubricky that’s so good to work with.”

Village residents and visitors can check back in future editions of the Enterprise and the Lake Placid News for updates on the Main Street project as it progresses, sign up for daily updates from the village at https://tinyurl.com/mainstreetsignup, or visit http://villageoflakeplacid.ny.gov/content/Generic/View/141 for construction updates.

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