TUPPER LAKE - Ron LaScala, a newcomer to local politics, will run on the Democratic Party line for village trustee.
LaScala, 37, was the only candidate to show up to a caucus Monday night at the Aaron Maddox Hall, where he was picked to run in the Nov. 6 election.
"I just think it's time that some younger people get involved in shaping the community," LaScala told the press after he was selected.
Democratic Tupper Lake trustee candidate Ron LaScala, middle, poses Monday between Democratic caucus Chairwoman Cheryl Vaillancourt and Dean Lefebvre.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
Two seats have terms that expire this year: the ones belonging to Chip Perham and Tom Snyder.
LaScala, who works as a driver for Hyde Fuel and lives on Park Street, his wife Amanda, his aunt Jenifer Peck and caucus Chairwoman Cheryl Vaillancourt were the only village residents at the caucus, so they were the only ones who could vote. Democrats Dean and Kathy Lefebvre, Garry Lanthier and Rickey Dattola also attended, but they all live outside the village.
LaScala has attended several village board meetings over the last few months with complaints about various issues. He complained to the board about a new village police officer he said was too aggressive, and he supported Peck's complaints about a proposed law they said was being passed to satisfy Peck's neighbor in a dispute between the two families.
He said that's not why he wanted to run, but he did say that if he's going to complain, he feels he should step up and do something about it.
"If I'm going to sit there and complain, I obviously have to put my foot in and test the water," he said.
This is LaScala's first time running for office. He is originally from Long Island but moved to Tupper Lake in third grade.
"My agenda is just to do the best for the village," LaScala said. "I love Tupper Lake; I've always loved Tupper Lake. I left Tupper Lake, and I came back because I loved it and missed it. We have a little piece of paradise up here. I just think that it's time, you know, to get involved and help good things happen."
After LaScala's nomination was confirmed, Dattola congratulated him.
"That's going to be the easiest part of running," he told LaScala.
Both Snyder and Perham are Republicans. The Republicans are set to hold their caucus at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library.
Before the caucus got started, the Democrats talked about how hard it is to get a candidate to run for a village seat.
Dean Lefebvre said a big part of the problem is that employees of the Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office are told they can't run for office under provisions in the Hatch Act, since their jobs are federally funded.
Dattola said half the town works there, so that rules out a lot of people. He said he wants a representative of the federal government to make an official ruling on that. He said he doesn't believe people who don't have control over money at Sunmount, like janitors or secretaries, should be barred from running.
Dean Lefebvre said corrections officers are allowed to run.
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