Jamie Rogers running for mayor again after 12 years
LAKE PLACID — Jamie Rogers wants to be this village’s mayor once again.
Rogers, an independent, said Monday, Jan. 18 that he has enough signatures on his nominating petition to run for the mayor’s seat, which will be vacated in early April after Craig Randall gets done with his third and final four-year term. It was Randall who beat Rogers, the incumbent mayor at the time, and independent Peter Roy in the 2009 election.
“When I was the mayor the last time, I really, really enjoyed it and I really loved working with this community,” Rogers said. “But it’s tough financially. So this time, I’m in a spot in my life where I can run again and devote a lot of time to it.”
Rogers is currently doing carpentry work for Steve Sama Construction in the summer and boat restoration for Tri-Lakes Marine in the winter.
He’d like to see the village board meet at 7 p.m. once again so more people could attend. Currently the board meets at 5 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month.
“I think we need to improve communication,” he said. “I think we need to make our government a little bit more transparent.”
Among the issues facing Lake Placid is workforce housing, Rogers said. He has been working with Steve Sama and the Homestead Development Corp., which has proposed a major subdivision off Wesvalley Road called Fawn Valley. It is donated property that would be developed specifically for workforce housing — 16 fourplex condominiums and six Cape Cod-style modular homes. Three of the condos would be set aside for low-income housing, according to the paperwork they submitted to the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board.
“Our goal is to try to get people into these houses between $160,000 and $180,000,” Rogers said, “and then put deed restrictions on it so that it can’t be used as a vacation rental.”
Deputy Mayor Art Devlin is running for the mayor’s position as well, as a Republican. He is finishing up his third and final four-year term as a village trustee.
Two trustee positions will be open: the ones now occupied by Devlin and Scott Monroe, who has said he is running for reelection as an independent.
The other open position is for village justice, currently held by David Coursen.
The village election is Tuesday, March 16.