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Hailesboro fire investigator challenging incumbents in race for county coroner

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CANTON - W. Joseph Lacks, of Hailesboro, announced Thursday he is run for one of the two St. Lawrence County coroner positions that are open this fall.

Those seats are currnetntly held by Jamie Sienkiewycz, a Democrat from Massena, and Joseph White, a Republican from Canton and Russell.

Mr. Lacks said that he was encouraged by Republican Party members to run for the position.

“I was asked because there seems to be no representation for the southern part of St. Lawrence County,” Mr. Lacks said in a press release. “After considering for a few days, I made the decision to run as I had many people who said they would support me.”

Mr. Lacks currently runs a media operations company that includes Cablestation WKL-TV based in the Gouverneur and Harrisville areas. He is also a substitute teacher for the Gouverneur Centrals Schools and a NYS certified Level II Fire and Explosives Investigator for the St. Lawrence County Emergency Services.

He is an active member of the Gouverneur Fire Department, where he served as assistant chief for three years. He has also served as an associate member of the Gouverneur Rescue Squad.

Mr. Lacks is a graduate of Herkimer College with a degree in broadcast communications and currently studies forensics with the West Virginia University e-campus. He lived and went to school at Gouverneur and after college worked in the aerospace business in Connecticut, returning to the county in 1986.

Mr. Lacks stated that the position of coroner is a very “delicate” job that needs to be handled with tact and concern for victims and their families.

“I have been in situations in the fire and investigation field where I have had to deal with these events. I feel I can handle the position with dignity,” he said.

Mr. Lacks said right now he needs the signatures on the petition so he can get on the ballot.

“I am looking for the support of the people in my area and look forward to representing them,” he said.

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