As I expected, August was a very busy month in City Hall. The month is the official end of summer before school begins but the meetings and activities continue.
The final Community/College Commission Report was recently released and I attended a retreat at The Valcour Center to discuss the recommendations with Plattsburgh State officials. We all agreed there will be a cooperative effort between the city and college to implement the most practical suggestions from the report. I was invited the opening of the new VA Facility on Sharron Avenue. It was an honor to meet and listen to the veterans at the event. The facility will offer excellent care and modern medical equipment to our veterans. Mrs. Ianelli invited me to be a judge at the Annual Sandcastle Contest at the city beach. Participants of all ages spent hours creating these works of art. I performed two wedding ceremonies in August which I truly enjoy. I had a site visit at the citys Water Filtration Plant as well as attending a seminar with the Department of Health regarding water quality and infrastructure issues. I also toured the Bombardier Plant with General Manager, Jim Tooley and Assemblywoman Jan Duprey. The Bombardier Facility is very important to our community and the level of work and quality displayed in our tour was very impressive. I attended several baseball games involving the Little League All Stars which had one of the most outstanding seasons in recent memory. Congratulations to this outstanding group of young athletes!
As we move into September, a new set of challenges present themselves. The weather begins to change and so does the population of our community as the college students return. For years, the issues relating to student behavior has had a direct affect on the center city residents. This year, I plan on addressing this behavior in a fair but aggressive manner. I understand the importance of Plattsburgh State to our community, however, I also understand the frustration the center city residents have been dealing with for decades. I am hopeful that this year will result in more respectful actions by students in our neighborhoods. I have also directed our Building Inspectors Office to pursue a more aggressive approach to property owners who continually violate city housing codes. This will not be tolerated any longer.
September also brings the political season and this year is no exception. There are races involving the City Common Council, County Legislature, and local towns and village officials. I am very fortunate, as Mayor, to be unopposed this election. The next three years will be the most important in our citys history so please keep this in mind as you prepare to vote in the primaries and general elections. I am also grateful to have the opportunity to represent the residents of Plattsburgh for the next three years. I will continue to place your interests first and foremost! Thanks!