SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake is the only village in the Tri-Lakes area with elections this year.
Tupper Lake village elections coincide with those in the Town of Tupper Lake in November. And Lake Placid has no open seats or ballot items in 2014.
In Saranac Lake, however, two candidates are running for the mayor’s position. And three are running for two seats on the Village Board of Trustees.
Incumbent Mayor Clyde Rabideau is seeking re-election as a Democrat and on the Future party line against Republican candidate Dianna Trummer.
Elias J. “Allie” Pelletieri eyes re-election to the Village Board on the Democrat, Republican and Conservative lines.
Thomas Catillaz is seeking re-election as trustee, running as a Democrat and on the Future party line.
Contender Garry Hoffman is running for trustee on the Republican party line.
The only change in the election process this year, Village Clerk Kareen Tyler explained, is in district voting.
“There used to be five election districts, but about five months ago, the Village Board made the entire village one election district.”
It means that people will not be assigned to a specific voting machine for their district.
“It will save in the expense and provide convenience for the people,” Tyler said.
“There will still be three voting machines but not specific for each district because we are all one district.”
A total 699 registered Essex County voters live in the part of Saranac Lake that is located in the towns of North Elba and St. Armand.
There are 2,159 registered Franklin County voters who reside in the section of the village that is in the Town of Harrietstown.
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VILLAGE ELECTION DAY
Polls in Saranac Lake are open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
People can still register to vote until Friday, March 7, at their county's board of elections.
The deadline for absentee ballots is March 11.
The telephone contact numbers for county election boards are: Essex County: 873-3474. Franklin County: 481-1663.