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The Plattsburgh Common Council had a number of items on its agenda Thursday evening, including rescinding an action it took last year.

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The city of Plattsburgh, New York is investigating resident complaints that their water smells odd.

Chris Rosenquest
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Plattsburgh Mayor Chris Rosenquest was ceremonially sworn into office to his first term on January 4th and held his first full Common Council meeting three days later. This week, the Democrat talked about his first full week in office with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley and described some of the changes implemented during his first council meeting.

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The Plattsburgh Common Council held its first meeting of the year Thursday.  Following the organizational meeting the new mayor and council held their first formal session.

Chris Rosenquest
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Plattsburgh’s new mayor was ceremonially sworn in Monday morning at City Hall.

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The Plattsburgh Common Council met for the last time in 2020 Thursday night and their agenda included final passage of the city’s 2021 budget.

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Plattsburgh common councilors have stalled in their negotiations over a proposed 2021 budget. But most of Thursday’s meeting focused on an effort to annex a 224-acre parcel of land from the adjacent town.

Ward 1 Councilor Ira Barbell in the Plattsburgh Common Council Chambers January 2020
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A Plattsburgh Common Councilor is resigning his seat after representing his ward for less than a year.

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Plattsburgh’s mayor is re-imposing limits for all city government buildings and departments originally issued in March and April to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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A controversial early deadline to vote on the city of Plattsburgh’s 2021 budget has been changed. But only a few weeks remain for councilors to review the fiscal plan.

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The Clinton County Board of Elections counted absentee ballots Monday, determining Democrat Chris Rosenquest will become the next mayor of Plattsburgh. Rosenquest expressed relief and discussed his plans shortly after the count was completed.

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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read released his nearly $58 million 2021 budget proposal in June. In mid-September the common council sent it back, requesting he propose reductions at least 10 percent by October 8th.
The mayor released his revision on October 5th and the council‘s budget officer set a November 19th deadline for final passage.  During Thursday evening’s meeting, tempers flared over the deadline and a councilor’s request to meet with the city chamberlain.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read discusses COVID-19 and other issues
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Plattsburgh’s outgoing mayor discussed several topics Monday affecting the city including a pilot program for early detection of coronavirus and how downtown parking has been shifted to compensate for a planned development.

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Plattsburgh’s mayor presented his 2021 budget to the common council in June. The panel then requested another 10 percent in reductions.  An emotional public hearing was held Thursday afternoon on the revised 2021 fiscal plan that was roundly criticized by the public for its cuts to public safety.

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Emotions flared during a public hearing Thursday on a revised budget that Plattsburgh’s mayor is presenting to the city council.

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Former city police lieutenant Scott Beebie is the Republican running for mayor of Plattsburgh.  He retired in 2017 from the city police force after 28 years of service.  He has served as vice-chair of the Plattsburgh city Republican committee but has not held elective office. Beebie says after nearly three decades on the city police force, he has the tools to lead Plattsburgh. Beebie tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he’s hearing common concerns from voters in the city.

Chris Rosenquest
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Democrat Chris Rosenquest ran for mayor of Plattsburgh as an Independent in 2013 before losing to Republican James Calnon.  Since then he has served two terms as a Clinton County Legislator representing Area 9, the northeast part of the city. This year he won a three-way Democratic primary against a local businessman and Mayor Colin Read.  Rosenquest has released a nine-point “Plan for Plattsburgh” outlining his goals for the city and how he will achieve them. He explains to WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he initially referred to it as his Potluck Plan for the city.

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.

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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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Three individuals are running in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for mayor of Plattsburgh including the incumbent. They recently debated in a sparsely populated auditorium due to coronavirus restrictions.

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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's Durkee Street parking lot
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The Durkee Street parking lot is a two-and-a-half acre site in downtown Plattsburgh that is the focus of the $10 million Downtown Redevelopment Initiative project and funding the city was awarded in 2016. Project developers are now seeking zoning and planning approvals. Opponents urged the zoning board to reject the plan during Monday’s review.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read (left) and City Council budget officer Mike Kelly discuss COVID-19 issues
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The budget officer for the Plattsburgh City Council says furloughs and layoffs planned when the coronavirus pandemic began to impact city finances are going into effect.

Odinn (left) is among the sailboats racing in the 2018 Mayor's Cup Regatta
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The largest summer festival in New York’s North Country has been scaled back and many of its events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
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Citing budget shortfalls from the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Plattsburgh has already furloughed or laid off about two dozen employees.  The mayor says city officials will make budget concerns a focus of their weekly meetings.

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.

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Plattsburgh’s mayor gave an update on the city’s preparedness for the coronavirus on Thursday. The city council later heard reports from police and fire chiefs on pandemic readiness.

The Plattsburgh Common Council’s Finance and Budget Committee discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the city’s budget Thursday and what potential long-term planning they should begin considering.

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