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After months of research, review and debate, the ballot proposals to change the Plattsburgh City Charter are ready for the voters.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the charter commission is planning two public information sessions on the ballot items.

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There is something in the water.  And Plattsburgh officials have a conundrum on their hands trying to figure out why there are spikes in bacteria occurring at the city beach.

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A Plattsburgh city councilor is raising concerns over how capital projects are funded after an allocation for $145,000 for unspecified projects came before the council for approval.

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The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration is one of the signature events in northern New York’s largest city. Organizers have introduced the schedule for next month’s event and are increasing efforts to engage and excite young people about the historical event.

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The Plattsburgh Charter Commission has working for months to update and revise the city’s 113-year-old governing document.   Among the questions the group had planned to present to voters in November was whether to change to a government led by a city manager and council.  That idea has been dropped and voters will now review the terms and powers of the mayor and city council.

  Everything from bikes to bike sharing rentals like CitiBike relies on technology of one sort or another.

Jeff Olson from Alta Planning is working with NYC on CitiBike, doing a project in Saratoga, and working on the Saranac River Trail Greenway in Plattsburgh and environs. He joins us – good morning, Jeff!

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler is president of Friends of Saranac River Trail in addition to his work with technology (his latest is a book about Apple’s new HomeKit technology).

There is a lot going on with the Trail and the expansion of the Saranac River Trail Greenway including a booth at the Clinton County Fair (opening today) and a public meeting this evening at 6 PM at SUNY Plattsburgh.

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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.

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The Plattsburgh City Charter Commission has delayed issuing its final report on proposed changes to the document that guides city governance.

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During a sparsely attended public meeting Monday evening, the Plattsburgh City Charter Commission decided what changes to the city’s governmental structure should be placed on the ballot in November.

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The Plattsburgh City Charter Commission held a public hearing Monday evening, during which a number of ideas and concerns over the possibility of changing the city’s form of government were discussed.  As a result, the commission may take another year to present changes.

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The city of Plattsburgh Charter Commission held a public meeting Monday evening to present draft reports on potential changes to the document that guides city government.

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The Plattsburgh City Charter is a 94-page document originally drafted in 1902 that determines the boundaries of the city and its governmental structure. But it hasn’t been updated in decades and needs modernization.

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New York may be relatively late to the medical marijuana game, but city councilors in Plattsburgh are trying to get ahead when it comes to the nascent industry. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the city council passed a resolution last night supporting medical marijuana businesses in the city.

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Like many other cities in our region, Plattsburgh is taking a long look at how the city runs. A committee of city residents will assess Plattsburgh’s Charter and recommend changes to the more than 100-year-old document. They met for the first time Monday night.

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The youngest woman ever to serve in Congress held a ceremonial swearing in  Saturday in her home district in northern New York.

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Plattsburgh city councilors approved the 2015 budget last night. But first they debated whether a new job should be added to the recreation department.

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For what is believed to be the first time, city councilors in Plattsburgh will allow religious displays in the city park during this holiday season — with some restrictions.

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The Economic and Cultural Development Committee of the Plattsburgh Common Council last night heard an update from the city’s new Community Development Director on a community and waterfront visioning project and other efforts to revitalize the city.

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A group working to enhance the quality of life in the Plattsburgh area has announced an effort to gather public input for city beach development ideas.

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A proposal to create an oil train task force put before Plattsburgh City Councilors was withdrawn last night by its sponsor.

Two weeks ago, city councilors in Plattsburgh considered a resolution to create an oil train task force. The measure was tabled after several concerns were raised, including its clarity and process.

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The city of Plattsburgh has announced its plans for 4th of July festivities.  A cornerstone of the events is changing, and the city is recruiting a new organization to help promote events.

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Plattsburgh’s mayor berated city councilors during their weekly meeting Thursday evening for what he says are their constant attempts to micro-manage city affairs.

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New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was in Plattsburgh today. He met with business leaders during a breakfast forum to discuss the region’s economic status and introduce a seminar on venture capital investment. He then met with the mayor to unveil a positive fiscal report for the city.

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The new mayor and Common Council in the city of Plattsburgh were sworn in on New Year’s Day.

Voters in Plattsburgh elected a new mayor Tuesday.

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A candidate in the Plattsburgh mayoral race is questioning the timeliness of the filing of his opponents’ campaign paperwork.

Independent Chris Rosenquest was on the steps of Plattsburgh City Hall this morning to announce that he has gathered enough signatures to be placed on the November ballot as a candidate for mayor. The entrepreneur and small business owner is attracting attention in the race because he lived in Seattle until earlier this month.

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All of the top elected positions in northern New York’s largest city are up for grabs in the November election. The Republican Mayor of Plattsburgh announced in April that he would not run for reelection. And none of the incumbent members of the city’s Common Council will run to return to their seats on that governing body.

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The Republican Mayor of Plattsburgh has announced he will not run for reelection.

Foreign Direct Investment magazine has issued its biennial ‘Cities of the Future’ rankings.  Montreal and New York City rank highly on the major metropolitan lists. Plattsburgh, New York also ranks in the top five micropolitan areas of economic potential.

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