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Scott Beebie
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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.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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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.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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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.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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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.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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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.

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.

COVID-19 Diagram
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Northern New York and Vermont officials provided updates Thursday on coronavirus response preparedness.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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Plans to rebuild a portion of a residential street have raised the ire of some Plattsburgh residents.  But city councilors believe they have reached a compromise that meets federal requirements and satisfies the concerns of homeowners.

MacDonough Monument and Plattsburgh City Hall
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Downtown Plattsburgh is being redeveloped through the state’s $10 million Downtown Redevelopment Initiative grant. The common council heard a presentation at a recent work session from consultants who are assessing how to brand the area of the city.

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.

Ward 1 Democrat Ira Barbell attends his first Common Council meeting as a city councilor
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The Plattsburgh Common Council held its first meeting of 2020 on Thursday evening. There are two new councilors on the six-member panel and they immediately began work on the city’s agenda.

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.

Special Attorney Mark Schachner (right) explains the DGEIS as city councilor Peter Ensel observes
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A public hearing was held Monday evening on the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement that assesses the impacts of proposed redevelopment in Plattsburgh’s downtown area as a result of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Plattsburgh Common Council
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A bill introduced in the U.S. House in January would impose “a fee on the carbon content of fuels… or any other product derived from those fuels that….emit greenhouse gases…”  City officials in Plattsburgh recently joined a number of municipalities across the country in supporting the measure.

Plattsburgh Common Council meets on November 26th to approve 2020 city budget
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The Plattsburgh Common Council approved the city’s 2020 budget Tuesday night.  The $59.6 million dollar plan includes a $600,000 surplus and builds the fund balance.

City Chamberlain Richard Marks provides a budget update to the Plattsburgh Common Council
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Plattsburgh City Councilors have received a status report on the city budget and the implications for the 2020 budget proposal they are reviewing.

Plattsburgh Citizens Coalition logo on a projection
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The Plattsburgh Citizens Coalition formed in July to oppose the current Downtown Revitalization Initiative development plan and advocate for an alternative that is closer to the one that was initially offered. The group held an informational meeting Wednesday to give a status report on the current development.

Plattsburgh's Durkee Street parking lot
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The Plattsburgh Citizens Coalition will hold an information session tonight on the city’s Downtown Redevelopment Initiative project.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the group formed this summer when opposition to the current redevelopment plan boiled over.

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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