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Art Devlin sworn in as new Lake Placid mayor

Peter Holdereid is deputy mayor

Art Devlin shakes Village Clerk Anita Estling’s hand after being sworn in as Lake Placid’s new mayor Monday, April 5 at the North Elba Town Hall. (News photo — Elizabeth Izzo)

LAKE PLACID — Art Devlin was sworn in as Lake Placid’s new mayor on Monday, April 5.

Devlin — who served as a village trustee for 12 years, the last eight years as deputy mayor — was sworn in by village Clerk Anita Estling before a small gathering of people, including village Treasurer Mindy Goddeau, Lake Placid Police Chief William Moore, Assistant Chief Charles Dobson and Highway Superintendent Brad Hathaway.

Devlin ran on the Republican and Teamwork party lines. He won the village election last month with 342 votes to his opponent’s 222 votes. He succeeds Craig Randall, who was term-limited and retired after serving as mayor since 2009.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Devlin said after getting sworn in. “I was up in Craig’s office, which is actually my office now, and it still feels like it’s Craig’s office. But I’m sure it will sink in eventually.”

Devlin ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism, keeping infrastructure up to date, making the village government more transparent and mitigating the village’s affordable housing crisis and population loss. His first official day on the job included a lot of meetings, including the village’s organizational meeting.

His first day also coincided with the first day of work on Lake Placid’s $10 million Main Street streetscape and infrastructure overhaul, a project that’s expected to continue off-and-on for the next two-and-a-half years. Asked what he’d look to tackle in the days to come, Devlin said his focus would be on ensuring the Main Street project got up and running, and that people know what’s going on.

Holdereid is deputy mayor

Also on Monday, Trustee Peter Holdereid was appointed Lake Placid’s new deputy mayor on Monday, April 5. The appointment was made during the village’s annual organizational meeting.

Holderied has been a village trustee since 2011. He and his family own and operate the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort on Main Street.

Newly elected Trustee Jackie Kelly was sworn in ahead of the organizational meeting. The other new trustee, Marc Galvin, owner of the Bookstore Plus on Main Street, had been sworn in earlier because was out of town on the day of the organizational meeting. He still attended virtually, and his daughter led the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the meeting.

Holdereid and Trustee Jason Leon were appointed to act as liaisons to the village’s public works departments, and Devlin and Kelly were appointed as liaisons to the village’s fire and police departments.

The new trustees were given a number of assignments.

Galvin will represent the village before the Lake Placid Business Association — a group he was already a member of as a business owner. He will also be involved with the Main Street reconstruction project, which he already had been prior to getting elected. Galvin had been appointed to the village’s Main Street Task Force as a business owner, and he provided input on the project before it went out to bid. Kelly, who has served as a member of the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board, will be involved with the ongoing land use code review, short-term rentals and the LEAF commission, which directs a portion of occupancy tax revenue to local nonprofits and other organizations for projects that have public benefits.