St. Lawrence County voters to help select four different Assemblymen, three state Senators, one Congressman on Tuesday
Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 8:30 am

By CRAIG FREILICH

Every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, including in the North Country’s 21st Congressional District, and every New York Senate and Assembly seat, is up for grabs in Tuesday’s general election.

For the first time, St. Lawrence County has been split up among four assembly districts and three senate districts. Those changes were made since the latest 10-year census and redistricting based on the census.

In the state races in St. Lawrence County, all the incumbents are running, but you could be voting in a different district this year. You can check the list at the bottom of the story to see which Assembly and Senate contests you will be voting in.

While the district lines and the number of the House district have changed, it is much the same for voters in the county.

In the contest for who will represent St. Lawrence County in the U.S. House of Representatives, voters here, as they did two years ago, will choose from among Democratic incumbent Bill Owens of Plattsburgh and Republican businessman Matt Doheny of Alexandria Bay, and a third-party candidate. Two years ago it was Conservative Doug Hoffman of Lake Placid; this year, the third candidate is Donald Hassig of Colton, who will appear on the Green Party ballot line.

In the 115th Assembly District, veteran Republican Assemblywoman Janet Duprey of Peru, who would be representing a part of St. Lawrence County for the first time, is opposed by Democrat Timothy Carpenter, Plattsburgh, and Conservative Karen Bisso, Plattsburgh. The western end of the district is the easternmost townships in St. Lawrence County; the district includes Franklin and Clinton counties.

In the 116th Assembly District, Democrat Assemblywoman Addie Russell of Theresa is running unopposed. The district includes all of the municipalities in St. Lawrence County on the St. Lawrence River plus Rossie, Macomb, DePeyster, Canton and Potsdam, and eastern Jefferson County.

The 117th Assembly District extends from the Town of DeKalb in the north to an area of Oneida County just west of Utica. Aside from DeKalb, St. Lawrence County communities in the district include Gouverneur, Hermon, Russell, Edwards, Fowler and Pitcairn; plus Lewis County and parts of Jefferson and Oneida counties. Republican incumbent Ken Blankenbush of Black River is unopposed.

The 118th Assembly District stretches in a strip from Norfolk and Madrid in the north, more than 100 miles south to the Mohawk River. The other St. Lawrence County towns in the district are Stockholm, Parishville, Pierrepont, Clare, Colton, Clifton and Fine; and all of Herkimer, Hamilton and Fulton counties and part of Oneida County. Incumbent Republican Marc Butler of Newport, who has not represented St. Lawrence County before, is challenged by Democrat Joseph Chilelli of Herkimer.

Republican incumbent 45th District Senator Elizabeth Little of Queensbury, who has not represented St. Lawrence County before, has no Democratic opponent and so will likely be representing the people in the county from Lawrence, Hopkinton, Parishville, Colton, Clare and Piercefield townships.

Republican 47th District Senator Joe Griffo of Rome has no opponent from the Democratic Party, so he will probably be returning to Albany to represent people from the northeast corner and down through the center of St. Lawrence County.

The rest of the county is represented in the Senate by 48th District Republican Patty Ritchie of heuvelton, who seeks a second term with a challenge from Democratic Oswego County Legislator Amy Tressider.

Since the lines defining the state districts have shifted, many people are in different districts than the last time they voted.

Here is a list of St. Lawrence County towns and what assembly district (AD) and senate district (SD) each is in:

Brasher, 115th AD, 47th SD

Canton, 116th AD, 48th SD

Clare, 118th AD, 45th SD

Clifton, 118th AD, 47th SD

Colton, 118th AD, 45th SD

DeKalb, 117th AD, 48th SD

DePeyster, 116th AD, 48th SD

Edwards, 117th AD, 48th SD

Fine, 118th AD, 47th SD

Fowler, 117th AD, 48th SD

Gouverneur, 117th AD, 48th SD

Hammond, 116th AD, 48th SD

Hermon, 117th AD, 48th SD

Hopkinton, 115th AD, 45th SD

Lawrence, 115th AD, 45th SD

Lisbon, 116th AD, 48th SD

Louisville, 116th AD, 48th SD

Macomb, 116th AD, 48th SD

Madrid, 118th AD, 48th SD

Massena, 116th AD, 47th SD

Morristown, 116th AD, 48th SD

Norfolk, 118th AD, 47th SD

Oswegatchie, 116th AD, 48th SD

Parishville, 118th AD, 45th SD

Piercefield, 115th AD, 45th SD

Pierrepont, 118th AD, 47th SD

Pitcairn, 117th AD, 47th SD

Potsdam, 116th AD, 47th SD

Rossie, 116th AD, 48th SD

Russell, 117th AD, 47th SD

Stockholm, 118th AD, 47th SD

Waddington, 116th AD, 48th SD

Ogdensburg, 116th AD, 48th SD