Press-Republican

November 5, 2012

Three vie for two, two-year trustee seats in Tupper Lake

By KIM SMITH DEDAM and JENNIFER MESCHINELLI, Press-Republican
Press-Republican

---- — TUPPER LAKE – Three candidates are running for two, two-year trustee seats in the village of Tupper Lake: Republican incumbent Thomas Snyder, fellow Republican David Maroun and Democrat Ronald Lascala.

The Press-Republican asked the candidates to name topics they saw as the biggest issues in the village next term and to explain how they would address those issues. Among other topics, the candidates mentioned the controversial Adirondack Club and Resort project and plans for a building to house emergency services.

THOMAS SNYDER

“I work for the taxpayer. I try to do a good job for the taxpayer so I have no set direction. I take all the work as it comes and get through it, doing the best job possible.

“There are a lot of important issues coming down the pike: the Adirondack Club and Resort project, the fire station and the revitalizing the parks.

“I like to have all the information before I make a decision. Right now, we need to find out what will be best for the area, whether it is the Adirondack Scenic Railroad or Rail to Trail. I still need more information on the projects to decide which would be best.

“I like to try to keep the taxes as low as possible, without any big jumps, and keep within the bounds of what the taxpayers can afford.

“I have no agenda of my own, and I promise nothing other than I will do the best job possible for the taxpayer.”

RONALD LASCALA

“Getting the emergency-services building built is the most important issue. The rescue squad, police department and fire department should all be in one building. After 9/11, New York state changed the laws about how we build emergency buildings to make it easier for them all to work together. It is essential for the community’s safety to build this emergency-services building.

“I’ve spoken to Trustee (Richard) Donah, who is heading up this project, and I’ve read the feasibility study. At this point, the board is locked up on it. We need to see how to come up with the funds for this. There is more work to be done to get it ready to go out to bid.

“The fire station was built in 1900 and it’s time for a new one. The rescue squad is having trouble fitting the new ambulances in. We have to continue to look at how we’re going to build this.

“The next thing would be the mountain and getting Big Tupper, and the whole project, to move forward. It would put 600 people to work.”

DAVID MAROUN

“I would like to lower taxes, promote more youth activities in the community and continue a strong relationship with the town board. I would like to work with seniors to bring them more activities.

“We also need to move forward in the next phase of the Adirondack Club and Resort project. I would like to see it come about for the jobs it will bring the community and the future for our kids.

“I am big on promoting tourism in the community because it creates jobs. I see too many people moving out and not enough moving in. I would like to do more for the snowmobile club because of the tourism dollars it could bring. Snowmobiling would be great for the community.

“I would like to get more young people involved in the community, especially in the revitalization of the park. I am also in favor of the new public-safety building for the community, in addition to helping reconstruct routes 3 and 30 through the village.”

THOMAS SNYDER Party: Republican Age: 53 Education: High-school graduate. Occupation: Self-employed Previous government experience: Incumbent, completed two (two-year) terms as village trustee. RONALD LaSCALA Party: Democrat Age: 37 Education: Graduated from National Tractor Trailer Institute, Syracuse. Occupation: Truck driver Civic organizations: Coach, Tupper Lake Youth Soccer Family: Married, Amanda; two children, Jenna and Bella. DAVID MAROUN Party: Republican Age: 43 Education: Tupper Lake High School graduate Occupation: NYS Corrections Officer Civic organizations: Clarence Bell Softball League, president for two years; and Lieutenant for the Tupper Lake Fire Department for 10 plus years Family: 5-year-old son.