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LAKE PLACID – Two familiar faces compete in the city’s only contested race this year. North Elba Town Supervisor Jay Rand is running again against longtime City Councilor Derek Doty.
Rand, of the Republican line, and Doty, of the Democratic line, have both been involved in city councils and committees for over 20 years each. Rand and Doty faced off in 2019 for the City Supervisor seat following the retirement of longtime Supervisor Roby Politi. Doty also raced against Politi in 2011.
Doty said he had heard some residents say it was good that he and Rand wanted to continue serving the city, but this is often followed by, “but you’ve all been here for so long.” But the two local officials say they have their reasons for running for office as supervisor.
There are two municipal council seats and one municipal judge’s seat also up for election in the north of Elba this year. Lake Placid Village Administrator Jason Leon, whose term is again limited to running for the village board, is running for a city council seat on the Democratic and North Elba United lines. Richard Preston, who is currently chairman of the Lake Placid school board, is running for a city council seat on the lines of the Republican party and teamwork. Leon and Preston are both unopposed. The two open seats are currently held by City Councilor Jack Favro, who is not running for election, and Doty, who is running as supervisor.
Dean Dietrich, the outgoing municipal judge, is running for re-election without opposition.
Ski jumping has been a part of Rand’s life since he was a child. He joined the Lake Placid junior ski jumping team at age 6 and competed in the Winter Olympics from 1968 at age 17. He worked with the Olympic Regional Development Authority as General Manager of the Ski Jumping Complex and Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, and he was Executive Director of the New York Ski Educational Foundation. He’s still a registered trainer with NYSEF, and he says he trains kids in ski jumping when he can. Rand was also a member of the organizing committee for the 1980 Olympics.
Given his history, Rand has said that the upcoming World University Games in 2023 have special significance for him and that he is keen to take on the role of supervisor during that time.
Rand said he has been preparing for the 2023 Winter Games since he traveled to Kazakhstan with a local group in 2017 to see if the games would be suitable for Lake Placid. He was involved in upgrading the Olympic facilities for the Games, and he said what has been done so far is “exceptional.”
Doty, who lives in Ray Brook, has been a city councilor since 2003, during which time he said he got involved in “Practically everything”, including Franklin City Council, Saranac Lake School Board, St. Bernard School Education Council, and Civic Center Council. He was also an independent butcher for several years, running Doty’s Country Road Beef in Saranac Lake.
Doty said his duties as an adviser have increased significantly since the start of the pandemic. He acts as the municipal council liaison on several committees, including landfill, park district, code enforcement and roads committees.
“Everyone knows I’m dedicated to a fault – I’m a workaholic,” he said.
Doty has said municipal government is his passion, but he will be 65 in December. Because he does so much these days, he said he wanted to either become a supervisor or focus on his property management company, Doty Property Management.
Their important issues
Rand said the most pressing issue he sees as a supervisor and member of the Essex County Supervisory Board is staffing, which is linked to the need for more affordable housing in the area. He was appointed to head the county’s recruiting and retention committee, and he said there were 45 jobs the county couldn’t fill. He supports affordable housing projects such as the Fawn Valley and Regan Development complexes under construction, and he said the county is considering creating an affordable child care center in Elizabethtown.
Doty said one of his top priorities is to continue the city’s COVID-19 security practices to keep residents safe. He also said new housing projects on West Valley Road, Fawn Valley and Mackenzie Outlook, as well as the Peaks at Lake Placid development on Old Barn Road, are important to him. He said he intended to present a “out of the box” idea to the Lake Placid-North Elba Review Board on Wednesday October 20 that would help with long term rentals in the area.
Doty also mentioned staffing issues at the local and county levels, and he said a shortage of COVID-19 trackers in the county health department and new doctors in the area was creating a “Health crisis”, because he believes many local doctors are reaching retirement age. He said he had heard suggestions about using doctors from other countries to alleviate the problem, and he is in favor of that.
“But first, we need housing to accommodate them”, he said.
Other voter problems
Both candidates spoke about voters’ concerns about the Ironman triathlon and short-term rentals in the area.
In recent months, there has been a debate over whether or not to prosecute Ironman at Lake Placid as Ironman’s contract with the city, town, and regional sustainable tourism office needed to be renewed. An Ironman Task Force committee has been formed to address concerns about business losses, lane blockades, road violations by cyclists and other issues raised by some residents. Some residents online and within the task force even complained about human waste appearing in their yards on race day.
Both candidates said they were in favor of continuing the race for the income it brings to the region, but said that did not mean they were opposed to making the necessary changes. Rand and Doty said they would be prepared to limit the number of competitors to control the scope of the race, and Doty said he was ready to listen to suggestions to change race dates. Rand said he might consider installing more dry toilets along the race track to address waste issues.
When it comes to short-term rentals in the area, both candidates said they were in favor of rentals and the new regulations for them, but agreed there was room for others. changes to these regulations. Rand and Doty agreed that the Town-Village Short-Term Vacation Rental Act has helped address residents’ concerns by imposing new security and tenure rules and providing additional income to residents. “Reception tenants”, but both see short-term rental problems as a village problem.
Doty said he was convinced he lost the last election because of his support for short-term rentals, but said he was in favor of keeping short-term rentals in their place, such as at Whiteface Lodge. . He understands that residents want residential neighborhoods to be preserved, but he believes zoning solutions should be discussed with the village. He said the short-term rental law still needs work on how many days a place can be rented – it’s 120 days for the city and 90 days for the village – but it said these issues cannot be resolved overnight. Doty and Rand said the Local Enhancement and Advancement Fund received taxes on these rentals – due to the county occupancy tax increase of 2% in 2020 – is an important consideration for keeping rentals short. term.
Residents of North Elba can vote in advance for Supervisor October 23-31 at Lake Placid Beach House on Parkside Drive. Early voting hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this weekend, noon to 8 p.m. Monday, October 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 26, noon to 8 p.m. on October 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 30 and 31. Election day is November 2.