Plattsburgh Common Council

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.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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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.

Plattsburgh Common Council 2019
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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.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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For the second time, Plattsburgh common councilors have tabled a proposal offered by the mayor that would establish a Code of Conduct for city leaders, department heads and employees.

Plattsburgh Common Council meeting 2-15-18
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A rash of retirements and resignations by department heads in Plattsburgh has some city residents concerned. But the mayor says it’s normal turnover for a city of this size.

Becky Kasper
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A Plattsburgh city councilor resigned at the end of Thursday night’s Common Council meeting, further exposing rifts between some city leaders and the mayor.

Plattsburgh Mayor Pro Tem Peter Ensel
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Plattsburgh Common Councilors chose a mayor pro tem Thursday evening.  The vote had been postponed following testy exchanges and a deadlocked vote the week before.

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The Plattsburgh City Council held its first meeting of the year last night. The organizational session was intended to choose a mayor pro-tem for the year.  But antagonisms between councilors flared and a final vote was postponed.

Plattsburgh city councilors consider tax cap override
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City officials in Plattsburgh held a public hearing Thursday night to discuss exceeding the state-mandated tax cap — and then they passed the 2018 budget.

John Linney (left) speaks to Plattsburgh mayor and city councilors
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It’s a time of change in Plattsburgh city government. Thursday evening, officials held four back-to-back public hearings on charter change proposals to eliminate several city departments.  Councilors heard a mix of harsh criticism and strong support as they considered the procedural move.

Plattsburgh City Council holds special session 1-10-17
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Plattsburgh City Councilors held a special session Tuesday evening to consider amendments to the proposed city budget as they try to complete the fiscal plan by Saturday’s deadline.

Plattsburgh City Council 12/28/16
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Plattsburgh City Councilors received the mayor’s proposed budget in October and must finalize the fiscal plan by mid-January.  The six-member board is still considering amendments as they try to lower a tax levy that at one point looked like it could be as high as 22 percent. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the last meeting of 2016 last night.

Plattsburgh city marina, July 2016
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The city of Plattsburgh is working on expanding its marina on the Lake Champlain waterfront.  The Common Council addressed two items on its agenda Thursday night that will move the plans forward.

Plattsburgh City Council meeting 8-11-16
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The city of Plattsburgh plans to begin live streaming of City Council meetings.

Plattsburgh City Council discusses charter change
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The Plattsburgh common council held a public hearing last week to take comments on a proposed change to the city charter that would alter the form of government.  While only two people commented, it stirred discussion among councilors that led to the mayor casting the deciding vote.

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