The city of Plattsburgh will have a new mayor in January. Local businessman and SUNY Plattsburgh Professor of Economics Colin Read won election to Plattsburgh’s top office, unseating incumbent Independent Republican-endorsed James Calnon. But the current officeholder doesn’t plan to concede until all the absentee ballots are counted.
The two candidates running for mayor of Plattsburgh met recently in a rancorous debate. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was a panelist and reports there was no love lost between the duo during their first debate, which aired on Mountain Lake PBS.
James Calnon served as a councilor for the city of Plattsburgh before being elected mayor in November 2013. The independent mayor of Plattsburgh announced on Monday that he will seek a second term. Calnon says he thought about it for a while and felt there is unfinished business he wants to complete.
Next week, voters in Plattsburgh will decide whether to approve changes to the document that guides the governance of the city. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the final public education session about the ballot items last night.
In March, Plattsburgh’s mayor appointed a citizens’ commission to draft changes to the city charter. But with the deadline for ballot proposals looming, the mayor is now concerned that what the group is crafting will confuse voters.