Colin Read

The city of Plattsburgh and the town of Plattsburgh remain at odds over a Payment in Lieu of Taxes Agreement from 1992. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has the latest.

Plattsburgh City Council meets on September 12, 2019
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In 2018, the city of Plattsburgh filed a lawsuit against the Town of Plattsburgh in a dispute over a Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement. At Thursday evening’s Common Council meeting, the city’s mayor announced that he had offered a settlement to the town.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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Plattsburgh, New York Mayor Colin Read has had a somewhat tumultuous first term. Protesters opposed to downtown redevelopment plans gather every Thursday during city council meetings outside City Hall.  There’s been a rocky relationship with the adjacent town after the city filed a lawsuit over a 1992 PILOT agreement.  Mayor Read is also attempting to annex 224 acres of town land. Early in his four-year term, Read and a city councilor were caught on tape making controversial comments and the mayor’s first budget eliminated four city departments.  
Despite the hurdles, last week Mayor Colin Read let it be known that he will run for a second four-year term next year.  The Democrat tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he hopes to stay in office until the city’s fiscal foundation is stable.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read will run for a second four-year term in 2020.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

Plattsburgh was one of the first cities to be awarded a $10 million New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant.  The primary area that will be redeveloped is a large parking lot one block from the center city adjacent to the Saranac River.  A developer recently revealed a proposed $25 million multi-use plan for the nearly five-acre site. Mayor Colin Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he is hopeful construction work can begin soon.

Plattsburgh’s mayor is looking at the possibility of obtaining a plot of land in the adjacent town by annexation. But the idea is not going over well with the town supervisor.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

Plattsburgh’s mayor and city councilors are continuing to work on a five-year fiscal plan even though they completed the city’s annual budget several weeks ago. Mayor Colin Read explains that while a multi-year year plan is required, for many years it was not produced.

New litigation has been filed in the dispute over shared PILOT payments between the town and city of Plattsburgh.  The town has countersued the city and its supervisor is blaming the mayor for the dispute.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

The city of Plattsburgh came under national and international scrutiny recently when city officials decided to place an 18-month moratorium on cryptocurrency operations.  The Bitcoin miners were using so much of the city’s cheap electricity that its quota was breached and residents’ rates went up.  Mayor Colin Read says a couple subcommittees are looking at various aspects related to the new industry.

Clinton County Legislature Chair Harry McManus provides State of the County report
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The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of the County, Town and City forum this morning to hear reports from municipal leaders.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

Plattsburgh’s mayor recently reconvened a public safety council, asking it to find innovative solutions to 21st century challenges within the city’s budget constraints. Mayor Colin Read explains that the panel was originally created in January to search for a new police chief and review code enforcement.  With rural towns and cities facing challenges such as the opioid epidemic and related crimes, zombie properties and street safety, the mayor says it’s a good time to refocus on the panel’s work now that the city budget is complete.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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Part of the city of Plattsburgh’s plan to stabilize its budget includes the elimination of four city departments.  When councilors voted this summer to approve the plan in an attempt to save more than a million dollars in the 2018 budget, the department heads anticipated they would have their jobs until the end of the year.  But now they have been notified that they must leave on October 4th.

Colin Read at mayoral debate
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In a sometimes contentious session, Plattsburgh Common Councilors voted Thursday evening to abolish four city departments.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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The New York state Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments issued its review of the city of Plattsburgh’s finances on Thursday. It offers several recommendations to reverse the city’s fiscal downturn.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

New York’s lieutenant governor was in Plattsburgh last week for what Mayor Colin Read described as the time to end the concepts phase and begin implementation of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that an old gas station will be removed within a few weeks and public interaction will now focus on implementation of redevelopment plans.

Despite inclement weather, nearly a hundred officials and business leaders from across the North Country gathered in Plattsburgh this morning to hear addresses on the state of the town and city of Plattsburgh and Clinton County.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

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.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
Candidates' Facebook pages

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.

Clinton County Government Center
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On May 10th, Democrats in the City of Plattsburgh chose Clinton County Legislator Colin Read as their candidate to run for mayor.  Read resigned his legislative seat, setting up a special election to fill the last year of the term.  County Democrats selected their candidate last week, but the candidate who was not chosen has decided to force a primary.