Dattola Wins Tupper Lake Supervisors Race | News, Sports, Jobs

Rick Dattola (Business Photo – Aaron Marbone)

TUPPER LAKE — Rickey Dattola appears to have won the race for town supervisor of Tupper Lake, according to unofficial election night results, beating current councilman John Gillis for the seat at the head of the council where Gillis will continue. to have a seat.

Vote tallies – read aloud from long strips of paper printed from voting machines on the Holy Ghost Parish voting site, as well as advance votes and mail-in votes uploaded to the website of the Franklin County Board of Elections – tallied 1,073 votes for Dattola, who ran on the Conservative line, and 873 for Gillis, who ran on the Republican and Democratic lines – a difference of 200 votes, with Dattola winning 55% of the vote voice.

But the election cannot be verified until all mail-in ballots have been counted. Election night was the deadline to deliver or mail ballots, and they must arrive by November 15 to be counted. Only then can the results be certified.

Franklin County Republican Election Commissioner Tracy Sparks said the county issued about 300 mail-in ballots to voters in Tupper Lake. A portion of those ballots were returned before Election Day and included in the election night vote count, due to a new state law.

Dattola, who is hosting a campaign party at his Tupper Lake Supply business, said he felt good after hearing the vote tally. He said the election had been a “Long and Hard Fight”

His first actions, he said, are to bring village and school council chiefs together to meet and talk before taking the oath after Jan. 1. He also said he wanted to meet with the city council – the majority of city council members. supported Gillis, he said, and he wanted “fix the fences” to work together.

He said he had no ill will towards his electoral opponent on his part, and hoped Gillis felt the same way.

“He has his ideas of what’s best for Tupper and I have mine,” Dattola said. “That’s what elections are for.”

“Happy anyway,” Gillis said of the election. He added that there is “no question” the two could work well together. They’ve been in business together for years — they both work in the woodworking industry.

Gillis will still remain on the board. The board cut one board member this year. Former city supervisor Clint Hollingsworth died in February after a battle with cancer, and assistant city supervisor Mary Fontana served as acting city manager. She did not choose to seek a continuing position as head of the board and will return to the board after this election.

With Dattola as elected supervisor, this would again fill the board. He would take office on January 1.

“Our board is full now,” says Gilles.

He was very satisfied with the outcome of the elections.

In his campaign, Dattola said the day-to-day operations of the city were going well and he wanted to be someone to focus on a five-year plan and a ten-year plan for the city. He believes the city “Hello” of a shrinking population, a shrinking tax base and economic uncertainty requires economic development fueled by tourism.

He is a founding member of the Tupper Lake Business Group, which advocated for the city to invest more in recreational trails and attractions. Although he left the group to run for office, he hopes to achieve some of his goals as the leader of the city.

Gillis mainly focused on housing.

He said he was happy that one of Dattola’s goals was also housing, and that Dattola was another board member with construction experience who knows what’s going on in construction.

One of the differences between the two candidates was vacation rental regulations. Gillis brought the idea of ​​regulating short-term vacation rentals with a permit system. Dattola said he wouldn’t want to regulate STRs. He prefers to encourage developers to build or rebuild housing.

Gillis said he still wants to pursue STR regulations for visitor safety – fire and code inspections, etc.

Gillis still plans to devote much of his time to improving and expanding affordable housing.

A total of 1,803 people voted in person at the polls in Tupper Lake on Tuesday. That’s about as many people voted in 2020 during the presidential election. Election officials were surprised by the turnout Tuesday night.

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