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.
The city of Plattsburgh came under national and international scrutiny recently when city officials decided to place an 18-month moratorium on cryptocurrency operations. The Bitcoin miners were using so much of the city’s cheap electricity that its quota was breached and residents’ rates went up. Mayor Colin Read says a couple subcommittees are looking at various aspects related to the new industry.
New York’s lieutenant governor was in Plattsburgh last week for what Mayor Colin Read described as the time to end the concepts phase and begin implementation of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that an old gas station will be removed within a few weeks and public interaction will now focus on implementation of redevelopment plans.
First-term Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read campaigned on the need for the city to move away from annual one-time budgeting to a long-term fiscal planning process to stabilize finances. He has already started the 2018 budget process, working with the city council to create a five-year fiscal plan. Late last week he announced that the city has a $2 million structural deficit that must be addressed. He says it’s a situation that’s been building for years.
In November, incumbent Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon was defeated in his re-election bid by Democrat Colin Read. Calnon did not formally concede until absentee ballots were counted on November 21st. The final result determined that Read had actually increased his lead by 84 votes, solidifying his win. Mayor-elect Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that was a surprise, and he’s now deeply involved in transitioning the administration.
The city of Plattsburgh will have a new mayor in January. Local businessman and SUNY Plattsburgh Professor of Economics Colin Read won election to Plattsburgh’s top office, unseating incumbent Independent Republican-endorsed James Calnon. But the current officeholder doesn’t plan to concede until all the absentee ballots are counted.
The mayor of Plattsburgh has released his 2017 budget proposal. While the initial outline is over a million dollars in the red, city leaders say they’re optimistic they can bring the fiscal plan in line with the state tax cap.
The two candidates running for mayor of Plattsburgh met recently in a rancorous debate. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was a panelist and reports there was no love lost between the duo during their first debate, which aired on Mountain Lake PBS.
James Calnon served as a councilor for the city of Plattsburgh before being elected mayor in November 2013. The independent mayor of Plattsburgh announced on Monday that he will seek a second term. Calnon says he thought about it for a while and felt there is unfinished business he wants to complete.
All of the seats on Plattsburgh’s Common Council and the Mayor’s position are open in this year’s election. On Monday, city Republicans introduced their line up of candidates for each of the seats in City Hall.
All six of the city of Plattsburgh’s common council seats, and the mayor’s position, are open this year. City Democrats have quickly selected a slate of candidates, and this past weekend, they introduced themselves to the voters.