September included the annual Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration, which was outstanding as usual. The parade, fireworks, concerts, and events surrounding the celebration were excellent.
The FLW held one of its largest fishing tournaments of the year and the weather cooperated. It is always special to see the anglers return with their families and speak with them about their feelings regarding the North Country and Lake Champlain.
The PSUC students arrived which brings approximately 6,000 students to our community. I look forward to the many benefits they share with the city and area. City Hall was honored as one of the state locations that Gov. Cuomo scheduled in September to hold 9/11 artifacts for public review which was very moving.
The Rockeater event held at the City Beach drew over 400 participants. I am confident it will return next year with an increased interest and entrants.
DEC and the city held a ribbon-cutting for our new Boat Launch on Dock Street. Since it opened, it has been a very popular location for public access to Lake Champlain.
We have been working on the 2012 budget which has been challenging due to the 2 percent tax cap legislation imposed by Gov. Cuomo and the Albany Legislature. I was appointed as a member to the North Country Regional Economic Council and we have been meeting regularly with business leaders and elected officials to bring forth a plan which will receive state funding for long-term development projects through the governor’s office.
The Common Council and I appointed Mark Rogers as the new City Court Judge. I am confident Mark will do an outstanding job throughout his tenure.
In closing, it has been a very challenging year for all of us and I can only hope as we move forward October will provide some enjoyment! Thanks.
Don Kasprzak is the mayor of the city of Plattsburgh.
Again, I find another month leaving us and another beginning. I don’t know why this surprises or amazes me at this stage of my life, but it does! Though the challenges from this spring’s floods and Irene are not all resolved we need to move on.
I was fortunate to have been asked to present at the Comptroller’s Leadership Institute and to work with his office as we prepare and manage our budget for next year. We have many challenges working with limited funds, unfunded mandates, that have not been reduced, and our goal to continue to improve the Town and make us attractiveness for investment. As of this date we continue to be optimistic that we will remain under a 2% growth in our levy but the final numbers have not been calculated. This process will consume much of our time during the month.
September began with the annual Battle of Plattsburgh celebrations that are always a special treat for those who visit our region and those who prepare and participate in the events. We are fortunate to have so many volunteers in our community. The City hosted one of the finest parades to date on a very pleasant Saturday afternoon. This year’s Halsey’s Corner reenactment was also one of the best that was planned by our hard working Historian, Jerry Bates.
September was also a good month for economic development in the Town. We saw the opening of Florentino’s and much progress on the new Pizza Palace, Dickie’s BBQ Pit, a new Subway, Zachary’s and Texas Road House that will be opening very soon. We also continued to see the final stages in the demolition of the former Ames Plaza and work on the new North Country Vets, High Peaks Dental, Behavioral Health Services new location at the former Pyramids and the new Cumberland Head Fire Department. There are also many new homes and additions to existing homes being made. This level of activity has kept our Planning and Codes Departments very busy but we are pleased to see so much activity and signs of economic growth during these difficult times.
It is my goal to continue the progress and continue to navigate in a positive way while we work with the many challenges that we encounter each month.
Enjoy the changing season and beautiful colors that Fall brings to the North Country and drive safely while you do!
Bernie Bassett is the supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh.