Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh mayor-elect Colin Read
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In November, incumbent Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon was defeated in his re-election bid by Democrat Colin Read.  Calnon did not formally concede until absentee ballots were counted on November 21st.  The final result determined that Read had actually increased his lead by 84 votes, solidifying his win.  Mayor-elect Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that was a surprise, and he’s now deeply involved in transitioning the administration.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
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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.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
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With Election Day less than a week away, we take a look at the two candidates for mayor of Plattsburgh. While the candidates’ styles are different, both are focused on the city’s fiscal stability.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
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Less than two weeks before Election Day, the candidates for mayor of Plattsburgh debated Wednesday night.

Kate Collignon presents DRI report to local planning committee
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The Local Planning Committee coordinating the strategy for Plattsburgh’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant heard an update from the state’s consulting team earlier this week.

Norsk Titanium CEO Warren Boley speaks at Chamber luncheon
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Plattsburgh has been chosen to host the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The head of Norsk Titanium met with business leaders from the region Monday to talk about the state-of-the-art technology and the $1 billion investment in a new manufacturing plant and training facility at the old Clinton County Airport.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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The mayor of Plattsburgh has released his 2017 budget proposal.  While the initial outline is over a million dollars in the red, city leaders say they’re optimistic they can bring the fiscal plan in line with the state tax cap.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
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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.

Plattsburgh was one of 10 communities statewide to win $10 million under the governor’s $100 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  This afternoon, the local planning committee held an organizational meeting with the consulting team, state officials and the public to kick off the planning process.

Plattsburgh city marina, July 2016
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Plattsburgh is working on expanding its marina on the Lake Champlain waterfront.  The Common Council addressed two items on its agenda Thursday night that will move the plans forward.

Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman
Michael Cashman for Plattsburgh

Two mausoleums in the towns of Plattsburgh and Ellenburg that had been operated by the same nonprofit company ended up under state receivership in 2015 after reports of severe neglect and abandonment.  The state receivership of Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens will be transferred to the two towns at the end of the month.  Repair costs alone are estimated at $146,000.  Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman plans to join his Ellenburg counterpart next week in Albany to meet with officials.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief that state officials have failed to recognize the emotional fallout Whispering Maples has caused.  “I’m quite upset by the fact that New York State doesn’t take the time to understand the impact  that it has on the local level.”

Plattsburgh City Council meeting 8-11-16
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The city of Plattsburgh plans to begin live streaming of City Council meetings.

Plattsburgh City Council discusses charter change
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The Plattsburgh common council held a public hearing last week to take comments on a proposed change to the city charter that would alter the form of government.  While only two people commented, it stirred discussion among councilors that led to the mayor casting the deciding vote.

Democrat Colin Read
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On July 6th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the city of Plattsburgh was one of ten cities across the state to win a $10 million downtown revitalization grant.  At the time the Governor said the plan reflects  “…a sense of vibrancy and energy” in the city. But the Democrat challenging Plattsburgh’s incumbent Mayor says the downtown plan needs revisions.

Christopher Bohlmann
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During the Farnborough International Air Show near London in July, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh had been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The company plans to invest $1 billion during the first 10 years of operations.  The Norwegian company hired Senior Vice President Operations Christopher Bohlmann to lead the establishment of the manufacturing plant.  He was in Plattsburgh this week to participate in a workforce development forum and spoke about the company’s plans.

As Republican nominee Donald Trump begins his first full week campaigning for the presidency, his schedule indicates a stop in this region.

Norsk Titanium

During the Farnborough International Air Show near London on Monday, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh has been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The international company will invest $1 billion in a new manufacturing plant and training facility in the northern New York city.

Mayor's Cup 2016
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta is the largest sailing race on Lake Champlain.  But this year, high winds and rain lowered some sails and cancelled many shore events.

Governor Cuomo announces revitalization grant in Plattsburgh
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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh today to announce that the city has been awarded $10 million in downtown revitalization funds.

Plattsburgh redevelopment rendering
City of Plattsburgh

The city of Plattsburgh has submitted its plan to obtain $10 million in a statewide competition for downtown revitalization funds.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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Plattsburgh Democrats have endorsed a SUNY Plattsburgh economist as their mayoral candidate, even though his current primary residence is outside the city.

Mayor's Cup logo on tee-shirt
Logo designed by Katie Jeanette-Caska

Plattsburgh officials have outlined the schedule for this summer’s Mayor’s Cup, one of the city’s largest annual events.

Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon
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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.

Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon
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Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon announced today that he is running for re-election and will seek a second term in November.

A newly enacted city ordinance in Plattsburgh is being suspended this weekend due to expected cold temperatures.

Prevost buses
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A bus manufacturer in Plattsburgh has filed notice with the New York State Department of Labor that it will close its plant in April.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, local officials hope the move is precautionary and needed contracts will be realized.

Two Plattsburgh city councillors
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The city of Plattsburgh Common Council passed a $21 million general fund budget last night.  City officials were able to keep the spending plan under the state mandated tax cap and avoid layoffs despite a last-minute lawsuit that forced councilors to find new cuts.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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A former mayor of Plattsburgh has died.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Plattsburgh had planned to change its insurance benefit program for retirees in order to save a half million dollars. However the plan enraged a number of retirees who filed suit. On Monday, days before a final city budget is due, a restraining order was issued blocking implementation of the new insurance plan.

mayors sign transportation agreement
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A delegation from a Montreal suburb got a look at the transportation manufacturing sector in Plattsburgh Monday and the mayors signed a mutual cooperation agreement.

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