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Lewis County, NY- Lowville is one of two Lewis County villages electing a new mayor on Tuesday, March 19. Today, we examine the platforms for mayoral candidates Joseph Beagle and Eric Virkler.

Currently the Executive Director of the Lewis County IDA, Mr. Virkler says he has past experience with working in local government, including being a trustee. According to Mr. Virkler, one of his main focus points for the village revolves around the ongoing ‘Five Streets Project’. If elected on Tuesday, Virkler says he will begin his plans to keep the village a welcoming place to live. If elected mayor, he said he plans to do this by not just working with the village board, but by also improving communication and cooperating with surrounding towns, utilizing his knowledge and experience of being the IDA’s Executive Director and past experience in local government.

The other mayoral candidate and current Deputy Mayor, Joseph Beagle, said one of his biggest priorities is to ensure the village continues to receive upgrades to its water facility and other infrastructure, if elected mayor. In addition, he would like to ensure that the street lights are upgraded and he also mentioned constructing more sidewalks in certain areas of the village. Beagle has eight years of experience as a trustee.

Both candidates believe the village of Lowville is such a wonderful community and place to live. The mayoral elections for Lowville and Copenhagen are Tuesday, March 19.

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