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Calnon ahead in Plattsburgh mayoral race

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Jim Calnon Jim Calnon
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

It looks like Republican Jim Calnon will be the next Mayor of Plattsburgh.

Calnon was the unofficial winner after ballots were tallied last night, with a 440 vote lead over Independent Chris Rosenquest. There are still about 600 absentee ballots to count. That will happen next week. But Calnon says he's optimistic his lead will hold up. He says he thinks the difference in the race was his message of fiscal austerity.

"The difference I think in our approach was that I was presenting a plan that said, look, we'll do what we can afford to do and not just pave the streets with gold and expect that something magical will happen," Calnon said.

Calnon will replace fellow Republican Don Kasprzak who has been mayor since 2007 but choose not to seek another term.

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