Although the month of February is short it brought plenty of snow to the area. And when this happens I always worry about our snow budget and the phone rings with weather related problems, complaints, and issues. I was very pleased with the outstanding job our Public Works crews did handling the storms.
As usual, I attended many meetings and events throughout the month. Lt. Governor Duffy held a press conference to discuss and explain Governor Cuomo's 2011-2012 New York State Budget. With a $10 billion deficit, difficult decisions must be made in Albany which I fully support. Senator Schumer held a press event at Plattsburgh State discussing the tax tuition credit available to SUNY students. I met with this year's Red Cross Board President, Carol Latinville, to discuss the funding challenges they are facing facing. This is one of the most important organizations in the area and the community needs to assist them in any way we can. Mayor's Cup and Regatta decisions continue to be made as we get closer to July. Former Plattsburgh and present Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau and I visited to discuss some issues. It was good catching up with Clyde. The Police Department is holding our annual Basic Training Course for new Police Officers in the region which includes training by Ron Santor and members of the Plattsburgh Police Department. The school started in late January and ends with the class graduation in June.
Meetings with city department heads this month ranged from personnel issues to operational questions which is standard. As I have mentioned many times as well, dealing with the daily constituent inquiries is an everyday practice, too. I accept the fact we cannot please everyone but we continue to try! We will continue to do the best we can with the resources we have as we move toward good weather! Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone on March 17!
Don Kasprzak is mayor of the city of Plattsburgh.