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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.

Democrat Mike Kelly is running for re-election in Ward 2
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The annual Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women’s Meet the Candidates Forum was held last night in Plattsburgh.  All of the candidates appearing on ballots across the county were invited to introduce themselves and then answer questions.  Among those attending were five of the six people running for three Plattsburgh Common Council seats.

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The Plattsburgh Common Council recently decided not to renew a contract with the city school district allowing the police department to provide School Resource Officers. At the latest council meeting, several residents were in City Hall to criticize the move.

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During the most recent Plattsburgh Common Council meeting, councilors refused to renew a contract with the city school district to allow the police department to provide school resource officers. The move surprised both the school district and the police chief.

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.

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.

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.

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The city of Plattsburgh held a public hearing Thursday on a proposed local law that would impose new registry and enforcement provisions for rental units in the city. While numerous speakers warned city officials to revise the measure to avoid potential problems, the Common Council voted to approve the law immediately following the comment period.

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 Plattsburgh Common Council meets on August 22, 2019
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Just before the new school year, the Plattsburgh Common Council debated the idea of putting police officers in local schools at its most recent meeting.

Livable Community Advisory Committee member Arthur DeGrandpre reports to the Plattsburgh City Council on code enforcement recommendations
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An advisory committee wants leaders in Plattsburgh, New York to control rowdy off-campus students and deal with their often absent landlords.

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The city of Plattsburgh won $10 million in the first round of New York Downtown Revitalization Initiative grants.  A major part of the redevelopment will occur at the Durkee Street parking lot in the city center.  An advisory committee has been working on recommendations to deal with the loss, shuffling and management changes of the nearly 300 spaces expected to be impacted. The Plattsburgh Common Council accepted their recommendations at its Thursday meeting.

Turner Bradford explains new Durkee Street development plan
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Less than a month after presenting revised Durkee Street redevelopment plans, the developer was back before the Plattsburgh Common Council with a new set of plans Thursday night.

Downtown businessman Jonathan Schneiderman comments on proposed Durkee Street development
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The Plattsburgh Common Council chambers were filled Thursday evening with residents curious to see the developer of the Durkee Street parking lot provide updated redevelopment plans.

Becky Kasper in a December 2016 photo
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A former Plattsburgh City Councilor has died unexpectedly. Democrat Becky Kasper is perhaps best known for her blunt criticism of the city’s current mayor when she resigned her seat last year.

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The Plattsburgh Common Council is considering join hundreds of New York communities that have signed the state’s Climate Smart Communities pledge. The Plattsburgh Sustainability Committee plans to hold an Earth Day program at city hall on Monday evening to urge councilors to sign the climate smart pledge.

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The Plattsburgh Common Council was scheduled to vote Thursday evening on a proposal to reestablish a compensation policy for certain managers in the city.  But the measure was tabled.

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.

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An update now to a story we’ve been following for months: the Plattsburgh Common Council has tabled a resolution that would lift a moratorium on new cryptocurrency mining operations within the city.

From a squabble over obtaining land to vast tracks of the Adirondacks opening to the public, a number of issues flared in northern New York during 2018. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks back.

Plattsburgh Common Council discuss new manager benefit package
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The Plattsburgh Common Council is revising the city’s departmental managerial compensation package to attract and keep personnel while at the same time dealing with fiscal constraints.  At the most recent meeting, there was considerable disagreement between councilors over data presented to justify some proposed changes.

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.

Mayor Colin Read releases the proposed 2019 Plattsburgh budget
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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read has released his proposed 2019 fiscal budget for the Clinton County city.  The mayor says it enhances the city’s financial stability while staying within New York state’s tax cap.

Police Chief Levi Ritter (left) discusses school resource officer plan with Plattsburgh Common Council
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The Plattsburgh Common Council on Thursday approved hiring two armed resource officers for the city school district.  The move follows a contentious city school board meeting last week on the topic.

Plastic straws
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A number of municipalities across the country are considering banning plastic straws.  City of Plattsburgh officials plan to gauge whether residents approve of the idea before moving forward with a ban.

Plattsburgh Common Council meeting 5-24-18
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The Plattsburgh Common Council held its regular weekly meeting Thursday evening. Councilors approved and then forwarded a five-year budget plan to the mayor. But they once again delayed action on a Code of Conduct.

Plattsburgh city attorney Dean Schneller reviews charter during special meeting of Common Council
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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read called a special meeting of the Common Council Friday to review their duties and responsibilities as outlined in the City Charter.  But some clauses appeared to become less clarified as the discussion progressed.

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