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Bring on the new year

As I am writing, the area just experienced its first snowstorm. The expectations were to have at least 14 inches of snow, however, we received only four to five inches. As mayor, I am pleased with this result as each time it snows I calculate the costs to the taxpayers. Having snow is no problem but having tons of snow is expensive and costly! The elections are over and there will be three new Common Council members: Chris Jackson, Mike Kelly and Tim Carpenter. Returning to the council will be Amy Valentine, George Rabideau and Jim Calnon. We all have been attending budget work sessions as we finalize the 2008 budget. As usual, the month of November was very busy. There was a ribbon cutting for downtowns newest restaurant, San Marino. There was a press conference at the new Plattsburgh International Airport announcing new flights to Orlando. I visited with Seton Catholic students as we discussed government issues. I attended the St. Peters Harvest Dinner with friends and family. The Elks Club played host to the Senior Center Gala. It was a very nice event. There have been meetings to discuss the possible future Empire State Games, the New York State Brownfields Program, the County Occupancy Tax on hotels and motels and the 2008 National Fishing Tournaments. I attended the kick-off of the Holiday Hospice Campaign at Champlain Centre North. The Hospice staff and volunteers are truly very special people. John Ball discussed his plans to possibly develop the St. Johns property which I feel is a very important project. Mayors Cup 2008 discussions have begun. I attended the New York Conference of Mayors Meeting in Albany. At the meeting, I was appointed as a member of the statewide finance committee which was quite an honor. I appreciate this opportunity and will do my best to represent the North Country while being a member of this committee. I want to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Plattsburgh who supported my re-election. It is a privilege to be the mayor of Plattsburgh and I will do my best every single day to work in your best interests. Challenging times lie ahead as we move forward in a positive direction. The decisions will be difficult but hopefully worth the effort. Happy Holidays to you, your friends and family! See you in 2008!

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