September was an extremely busy month with budget meetings, events, and activities!
We began September with a press conference announcing that on Jan. 8 and 9, 2011, the Crete Memorial Civic Center will be holding an Eastern SnoCross Event. Mike Perrotte and Steve Fuller of Airborne are working with the city to bring hopefully more than 5,000 snowmobile enthusiasts to the area to watch outdoor snowmobile racing.
The next week brought all the Battle of Plattsburgh activities which I feel is the premier event in the North Country. I read a proclamation at the annual POW/MIA Service at The Old Base Chapel. This event is very emotional and an important reminder of those who have provided the freedoms we all enjoy each day. I welcomed hundreds of Boy Scouts to the area on their 100th Birthday of Boy Scouts of America.
I welcomed Karen Gaffney to Plattsburgh as she swam more than 8 miles from Vermont to the City Beach in support of Down's Syndrome. What a courageous person she is. We announced the Polar Bear Plunge will be Nov. 13, at the Plattsburgh City Beach for the Special Olympics. I guess I will be participating in the cold plunge in Lake Champlain for this wonderful cause!
We have spent much of the month working on the Mayor's 2011 budget, which I will announce by the end of September. It has been a challenge and we will do the best we can in difficult times. As usual, my office continues to handle constituent issues and concerns. Someday I should write a book on all the calls my office has received the last four years! It would be interesting reading! Fall weather is here so enjoy October before winter arrives! Thanks!
Don Kasprzak is mayor of the city of Plattsburgh.