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November 6, 2013

Five sitting supers lose seats in Essex County

ELIZABETHTOWN — The coming year will see five new supervisors seated on the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

Incumbents were defeated in Willsboro, Ticonderoga, Elizabethtown, Minerva and Essex in Tuesday’s general election in Essex County.

Only incumbent Supervisor Daniel Connell in Westport retained his post.

CHANGE IN TICONDEROGA

The top race was for Ticonderoga town supervisor, where incumbent Debra Malaney lost to challenger William Grinnell in the county’s second most populous town.

Both Malaney and independent Steven Whitford offered congratulations to Grinnell.

“I look forward to a relaxing vacation and new adventures,” Malaney said.

Whitford had promised to raise taxes to pay for infrastructure, which may have hurt his chances in the three-way race.

“It is what it is,” he said of the election. “People see what they see and vote on it.”

Grinnell said he will spend the next two months preparing to take office Jan. 1, 2014.

“I’m humbled; it’s a lot of responsibility,” he said. “I’m very pleased.”

Grinnell said he will start attending County Board of Supervisors sessions.

“I want to go to some county meetings and touch base with our county, state and federal officials to let them know I’m here. I plan on reading a lot.”

'NOT BITTER'

In Elizabethtown, incumbent Democratic Supervisor Margaret Bartley saw Republican Noel Merrihew III take back the seat he lost to her two years ago.

“I’m really glad the people of this town had a choice,” Bartley said. “For too long, they had monolithic leader positions. I’m not bitter — I’ve had a lot of fun and done a lot of good.”

She said she still plans to be active in community affairs.

“I won’t disappear; this is my home. I love this community.”

Merrihew said he’s looking forward to getting back into office.

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