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May 11, 2011

Paul Maroun to run for mayor

TUPPER LAKE — Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun says he'll run for position of Village of Tupper Lake mayor this fall.

His top priority would be gaining the necessary state and local permits to develop the multi-million-dollar Adirondack Club and Resort project at the Big Tupper Ski area.

And while the mountain resort is at the top of his agenda, Maroun said he is also interested in improving the village's fire-protection services and helping the Village Police Department regain full-time dispatching coverage from the county's Emergency Services Center in Malone.

Maroun, 59, is retired from the U.S. Navy and works as legal counsel for Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury).

He has also served on the County Legislature for a total of 23 years.

He is chairman of the Legislature's Administrative Committee and is a member of its Public Works and Services Committee and Finance Committee.

In 2010, he sought the Republican nomination for the 23rd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Bill Owens. Maroun left the race to recover from neck and back surgery.

'GREAT JOBS'

Maroun, a Republican, said he is able to hold both elected positions — mayor and legislator — and would continue to promote Tupper Lake as a four-season destination to boost the local economy.

"Tupper Lake is a dying community, and we if don't get the resort, I want somebody to tell me what we're going to get and how we're going to get something like this?"

He said 85 to 90 percent of the community relies on the $70 million to $75 million payroll provided at the Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services, "but what if part of that closes? We don't have anything else.

"There would be great jobs, between 350 and 500 full- and part-time jobs, if the Adirondack Club and Resort goes through."

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