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October 31, 2010

Term referendum on Tupper village ballots

TUPPER LAKE — Voters here will weigh in on a referendum Tuesday to extend terms of Village Board seats from two to four years.

The referendum, approved after a public hearing in February, seeks to adjust the terms of mayor and trustees from two to four years, starting with the 2011 village general elections.

The purpose of the switch is to align terms of office in the village with those of other local governments.

Village Clerk Mary Casagrain filed paperwork with Franklin County Board of Elections to include the measure on the ballot.

"The Village Board wanted to extend the terms for trustee and mayor because they felt that by the time they finish their term, they are finally getting to know how everything's operating. And all the other boards in our town are four years, including the school board and the Tupper Lake Town Board," Casagrain said.

"When we held the public hearing, trustees could have either enacted the change by local law or referendum."

The sole person who attended the public hearing suggested the board put the term extension on the ballot and let the people decide, Casagrain said.

The writ of the new law is one sentence: "The term of office of mayor and all trustees shall be extended from two to four years beginning with the 2011 village general election."

E-mail Kim Smith Dedam at: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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