Early voting starts Saturday

Yes, it’s almost time to vote. We’ve done our best to give you a comprehensive look at the contested town races in the Olympic Region and the one race in Essex County government and make sure you have enough information to make informed decisions when it comes time to vote for the candidates.

Early voting will be held from Saturday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Mirror Lake Beach House, 31 Parkside Dr., Lake Placid, and the Essex County Public Safety Building, 702 Stowersville Road, Lewis. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, when the hours are noon to 8 p.m.

In the town of Jay, Patrick Devlin is running unopposed for town justice, and Olivia Dwyer and incumbent Thomas McDonald are running unopposed for town council, all four-year terms.

In the town of Keene, four candidates are running to fill two town council seats, all four-year terms. They are incumbent Chris Daly, Ryan Hall, Ann Hough and Kimberly Smith. Also, Anna Whitney is running unopposed for town clerk.

In the town of North Elba, four candidates are running to fill two town council seats, all four-year terms. They are Fred Balzac, Edward “Andy” Borden, incumbent Richard “Dick” Cummings and incumbent Emily Kilburn Politi. Also, Supervisor Derek Doty, Town Clerk/Tax Collector Laurie Dudley and Highway Superintendent Kenneth Porter are running unopposed.

In the town of Wilmington, two candidates are running for supervisor, a two-year term, and four candidates are running to fill two town council seats, all four-year terms. The supervisor candidates are Tim Follos and Favor J. Smith. The town council candidates are Laura Dreissigacker Hooker, incumbent Darin Forbes, incumbent Michelle Preston and Forest “Randy” Winch. Also, Devan Korn and Alphonso Smith are running unopposed for two assessor seats.

On the Essex County level, Acting County Clerk Chelsea Merrihew is facing North Hudson town Supervisor Stephanie DeZalia for the county clerk’s position, a four-year term.

On the state level, Paul Davenport is running against Carl Falotico for one State Supreme Court justice seat in the 4th Judicial District.

On the back of each ballot, the state of New York is asking voters to approve two constitutional amendments:

1. The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 4, of the constitution removes the special constitutional debt limitation now placed on small city school districts, so they will be treated the same as all other school districts. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

2. The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 5, of the constitution extends for 10 years the authority of counties, cities, towns and villages to remove from their constitutional debt limits debt for the construction of sewage facilities. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

For more information on all aspects of voting, visit the Essex County Board of Elections website at essexcountyny.gov/board-of-elections.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Voting takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Polling places for voters in the Olympic Region are: Jay — Jay town offices, 11 School Lane; Keene — Keene Valley firehall, Market Street; North Elba — North Elba Town House (District 2), 193 River St., Saranac Lake; and Shipman Youth Center (Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6), 61 Cummings Road, Lake Placid; and Wilmington — Wilmington Community Center, 7 Community Circle.

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