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November 19, 2013

City of Plattsburgh Ward 5 race deadlocked

City Council seat undecided after absentee ballot count


“It appears that state law will supersede our City Charter, but we still have to look at it closer and get some interpretations if we need to,” he said.


There were no changes in the other five wards of the city.

In Ward 1, Democrat Rachelle Armstrong was still leading comfortably over Republican William Ferris and independent Maureen Carlo; Democrat Michael Kelly held on to his 20-vote lead over Republican Michael Drew in Ward 2; Republican Dale Dowdle still led Democrat Justin Meyer in Ward 3; Democrat Paul “Crusher” O’Connell remained ahead of Republican Peter Ensel in Ward 4; and Democrat Joshua Kretser was still on top in Ward 6 over Republican James Wemette and independent incumbent Chris Jackson.

There were no significant changes in the mayor’s race either as Calnon, who led by 444 votes on election night over independent Chris Rosenquest, maintained his wide margin.

Democrat Mark Tiffer finished a distant third in that race.


In the Clinton County Legislature Area 8 race, it appeared that Mark Dame would hold on to his comfortable lead despite the large number of absentee ballots submitted in that race.

Dame, a Republican incumbent, filed a complaint with City Police and the Board of Elections about the manner in which numerous absentee ballots were distributed.

He claims that members of the Working Families Party may have convinced some voters to just sign the absentee ballot applications as well as the ballots before filling the rest of the documents out themselves.

The Working Families Party supported most Democratic candidates in the election. Officials from that party have denied any wrongdoing.


In Monday’s counting, Dame, who led on election night, 872 to 680, over Democrat Robert Dolan, picked up 80 more votes to Dolan’s 59. The tally on Monday sat at 952 for Dame and 739 for Dolan.

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