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Holbrook to take over as LP mayor April 12

BILL ROGERS Highlands Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 2, 2013 at 01:18 PM

It wasn't even close this time.

John Holbrook won the Lake Placid mayor's seat Tuesday by more than a 2-1 margin over incumbent Tom Katsanis in the only race that was on the ballot. Holbrook received 123 votes, while Katsanis picked up 57.

In the 2006 election for mayor, Holbrook lost to Katsanis by 10 votes.

Holbrook will begin his four-year term after being sworn in at the April 12 Lake Placid Town Council meeting.

Holbrook said Wednesday he was and wasn't surprised by the large margin of victory. He said that Katsanis didn't campaign any and added that in talking with people in town they commented they were disappointed in some things the mayor did during his term.

Eliminating or reducing the Lake Placid Police Department was a controversial suggestion Katsanis made not long after he became mayor in 2006. Katsanis came up with the idea after he heard complaints about high taxes. One way to reduce taxes was to eliminate the $940,000 police department budget at that time.

The council unanimously voted to keep the police department after more than 100 residents showed up at a meeting on the issue in January 2007.

One of the first things Holbrook plans to do is meet with the department heads and "see where we stand budget wise."

Holbrook thanked the voters "for the confidence they put in me" and noted that he will do the best job he can.

Katsanis said Tuesday night he didn't do any campaigning and that probably hurt him.

"John was out there," Katsanis said. "He really worked hard to become mayor; he deserves it."

Katsanis said he served the community and believed he did a good job.

"I felt being mayor four years, I thought it would carry me over," he said. "I was wrong."


There were 181 ballots cast out of a total of 877 registered voters in the town.

Bill Rogers may be reached at 863-386-5825 or