Brennan, Quinn secure village trustee spots
LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid residents Katie Brennan and Andrew Quinn both earned a spot on the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees in Tuesday’s village election. Brennan and Quinn ran uncontested. There were no other village positions or propositions on the ballot.
Brennan and Quinn earned 72 and 80 votes, respectively. There were three votes cast for write-in candidates, according to village Clerk Anita Estling. Two of the write-in votes were for Colin Hayes, who ran for a seat on the village board in 2021. A total of 90 people voted in Tuesday’s election; 80 ballots were cast in person and 10 absentee. Forty total absentee ballots were mailed out, according to Estling. The absentee ballots that were not returned by Tuesday’s election will not be counted, she said.
Brennan and Quinn were elected to a four-year term, replacing former trustee Jason Leon — who was term-limited, and who resigned last October — and Deputy Mayor Peter Holderied, who was also term-limited and could not run for reelection. Leon was elected to the North Elba Town Council in November 2021.
Brennan has been serving on the village board since this past November, when she was appointed by village Mayor Art Devlin to finish the remainder of Leon’s term.
Brennan, who ran on the independent Lake Placid Together line, works remotely for MVP Health Care. Originally from Lake Placid, Brennan traveled to London for graduate school and spent 17 years in the United Kingdom before returning here with her family in August 2021. She spent some time volunteering with the Lake Placid-North Elba Community Development Commission before joining the board, and she continues to work with the development commission.
Brennan said in February that she wants to use her background as an economist to analyze village issues such as short-term vacation rentals and upgrades to the local water plant and electric infrastructure, using available data and evidence to build strategies for solutions.
Quinn ran on the independent Integrity line. Though new to the Lake Placid village board, he served on the Keene Town Council before moving to Lake Placid in 2001. A Keene Valley native, Quinn owned the former Desperados restaurant on Saranac Avenue in Lake Placid for 26 years. He’s served as an Essex County commissioner of jurors since 2017.
Quinn has an associate degree in forestry from Paul Smith’s College and a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Plattsburgh. He was a member of the Keene Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years. Quinn said he coached youth baseball and soccer in Lake Placid.
As a village trustee, Quinn said in February that he’d want to keep village taxes down and improve the village’s water, electric and fiber optic infrastructure. He also said he’d help support the community’s youth and elderly populations. Quinn said he doesn’t have specific goals for tackling those issues yet; he said he’d want to get acquainted with the issues as a trustee first.