Fall has arrived and with it some beautiful weather! As we all know, winter is around the corner and the longer the weather stays nice, the better most people feel! Enjoy the outdoors as long as you can.
September was a very busy month from the citys perspective. We held the last of the fishing tournaments which are so important to the region economically. The Battle of Plattsburgh festivities were first class and thoroughly enjoyable. I participated in The Riverside Cemetery Memorial Services with Assemblywoman Jan Duprey, attended the Culver Hill Ceremony with Addie Shields, watched the parade with thousands of our residents, judged the parade participants with County Legislator Sara Rowden, and attended the Cobourg Music Concert at the Plattsburgh Middle School. The preparation and volunteer support for the entire week was impressive.
During September, I met with the Vermont Commissioner of Tourism, Bruce Hyde. Bruce and I are good friends and we discussed future plans for the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial for Vermont, Quebec, and New York in 2009. The New York State Power Authority and the Municipal Lighting Department held a press conference with Mr. and Mrs. Cooper to share the details of a new refrigerator program offered by the city. It is a wonderful program that promotes energy conservation. I had lunch at the Senior Center with Councilor George Rabideau. I always enjoy visiting the Senior Center as I have many friends there. I toured the citys dams and reservoirs with department heads Bill Todd, Mike Brodi, and Jon Ruff. Our water resources are so vital to the area. I had the privilege of attending the POW/MIA Prayer Vigil at the Base Chapel. It was a very emotional program. I attended a shared services conference with Senator Little and area elected officials which brought forth ideas how villages, towns and municipalities can share services and save taxpayers money in the process. Nicolas Restaurant was the location for a Plattsburgh State Alumni reception. I met with representatives from the Challenger Center Space Camp, Empire State Games local organizing committee and Gold Star Mothers. I rode with Chief Racicot and Councilor Jim Calnon from midnight to 3 a.m. to view firsthand the behavior of the college students downtown as we continue to deal with center city issues. And, as usual, I spent time handling the everyday problems we face in our city.
As we move into October, new sets of challenges will arise. I will continue to work closely with our good employees to hopefully turn around our city. Changes cannot occur immediately, however, I feel we are moving in the right direction. October also brings political campaigns. Please review all the information on each candidate and ask as many questions of them as you can. Your future depends on making the right choices Nov. 6. If you have any questions regarding the candidates, please call me and I will be glad to give you my perspective. I will always tell you the truth! Thanks!