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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read proposes annexation of town land in August 2018
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The Plattsburgh Common Council recently approved a measure authorizing the mayor to formally petition the adjacent town annex over 200 acres of land.  The plan has been pending for two years.

Democratic Plattsburgh mayoral candidates (from left) Chris Rosenquest, Colin Read and Tenzin Dorgee
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In a three-way Democratic primary, Plattsburgh’s incumbent mayor is trailing one of his challengers before absentee ballots are tabulated.

Plattsburgh police car at night
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The city of Plattsburgh’s Police Department recently revised its Use of Force Policy to incorporate the national “8 Can’t Wait” recommendations and codify de-escalation requirements.  The mayor then announced a citizens’ panel to advise city leaders on community policing and make recommendations on further police oversight.

Democratic Plattsburgh mayoral candidates (from left) Chris Rosenquest, Colin Read and Tenzin Dorgee
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There are three Democrats running for mayor in northern New York’s largest city including the incumbent. While one challenger doubts he will win today’s primary, the other two are expected to contend the race all the way through Plattsburgh’s general election.

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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read is discussing his proposed 2021 budget, which is being criticized for being released early and close to the Democratic mayoral primary.

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At a time when policing is the subject of national debate, the mayor of Plattsburgh has outlined a recent upgrade of the city’s policing policies.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read wears a mask as he discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic
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As New York gradually reopens, many residents are eagerly anticipating the openings of beauty parlors and barber shops.  But Plattsburgh’s mayor says workers in those establishments need more secure COVID protections.

The Plattsburgh Common Council and its finance committee spent most of their meeting Thursday evening discussing options the city has to deal with an estimated $3.1 million decline in the budget due to the coronavirus pandemic. The panel passed a resolution that will impact dozens of city employees.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read wears a mask as he discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic
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The mayor of the largest city in northern New York discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Plattsburgh region Thursday and praised Governor Andrew Cuomo’s most recent actions to curb its spread.

Plattsburgh’s mayor is imposing a citywide curfew in an effort to get more people to comply with social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read is now holding weekly press conferences and on Thursday planned to update city residents on downtown redevelopment progress.  But the conversation was overshadowed by concerns about the coronavirus.  There have been no positive tests for the virus in Clinton or Essex counties as of Friday. Read issued a joint executive order with Saranac Lake’s mayor detailing their response plans to the pandemic.  Mayor Read, a Democrat, tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the goal is to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing.

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Clinton County legislator Chris Rosenquest represents Area 9 — the northeast portion of the city of Plattsburgh. The Democrat has been in the legislature since 2016 and was just reelected. But last week he kicked off a bid for mayor of Plattsburgh.  He tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley several factors led to his decision.

Republican Scott Beebie announces his candidacy for mayor of Plattsburgh
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Two Democrats are challenging Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read, forcing a primary in the race for mayor. On Thursday a fourth candidate – a Republican - announced his own run for the city’s top seat.

Clinton County Legislature Chair Mark Henry gives 2020 State of the County address
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The chair of the Clinton County Legislature, Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor and Mayor of the city of Plattsburgh all delivered speeches about the state of their municipalities at a chamber-sponsored breakfast Thursday morning.

OpenGov page is projected as Mayor Colin Read demonstrates the system
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The mayor of Plattsburgh has demonstrated a new system the city is rolling out that will allow the public greater access to review its finances.

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.

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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read released his proposed budget on August 19th and residents had a chance to weigh in on the plan Friday morning. But no one commented.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read announces lead agency decision
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The city of Plattsburgh is looking to annex 224 acres of land that it owns in the adjacent town.  The effort took a step forward recently when the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation granted the city’s request to be the lead agency for the property’s environmental review.

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.

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

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read outlines an Energy and Resiliency plan
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Plattsburgh leaders recently announced an Energy and Resiliency plan aimed at reducing the city’s carbon footprint and power costs. The announcement came on the same day councilors adopted the New York state Climate Smart Communities pledge.

The Webb Island Footbridge was closed in 2017
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The Plattsburgh City School District has decided to move forward on its own to repair a footbridge over the Saranac River without collaborating with the city.  The move follows months of escalating tensions between the entities.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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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 Mayor Colin Read
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The New York state Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System ranks the city of Plattsburgh among 10 municipalities in the state under moderate stress. Within that category, Plattsburgh ties with Rockland County for most stressed. Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read, a first-term Democrat, was not surprised the city received that designation because it is based on data from financial reports for the 2017 fiscal year. The city has implemented a five-year budget planning process to reverse the trend.  Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley for the 2019 budget year, city leaders this month approved a budget that is under the tax cap and minimizes tax increases.

From left: Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman, Clinton County Legislature Chair Harry McManus, Chamber President Garry Douglas, Legislature Deputy Chair Robert Hall, Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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Regional and business officials gathered this morning to hear from the head of the Clinton County legislature, the Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor and the city of Plattsburgh mayor on the state of their communities.

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Some Plattsburgh common councilors are concerned that a move by the mayor may indicate an impending veto of a 4-2 council vote. A trio issued a letter warning that deferring his decision threatens the current council’s override authority.

Plattsburgh City Council considers cryptocurrency regulations
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In March, Plattsburgh officials imposed an 18-month moratorium on new cryptocurrency operations in the city.  Last night, the Common Council adopted a local law placing regulations on such operations – but did not end the moratorium.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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In 2013, New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli implemented a Fiscal Stress Monitoring System that evaluates local governments. This week the office issued the scores for municipalities with fiscal years that ended on Dec. 31, 2017.  Plattsburgh was among the communities listed with the second-highest level of fiscal stress.  As WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the score was not a surprise to Mayor Colin Read.

Plattsburgh resident Ira Barbell talks to the City Council 9-13-18
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Plattsburgh’s mayor and common council held a public hearing last night on the mayor’s proposed 2019 city budget.  But no one commented on the $59 million fiscal plan.

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