Beaches are open, flowers are in bloom - summer's here!

June brought some warm weather finally! The City Beach has opened, flowers are blooming, High School Graduation parties are over, and outdoor activities are back. Plans for July 4th, Mayor's Cup, and the Quadricentennial are ongoing.

It was a very busy month for me in June. Local leaders met with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to discuss our issues and concerns. Plattsburgh State held a Quadricentennial Event showing the art work of Samir Sammoun. The First lady of New York, Michelle Paterson, attended. I had the pleasure of attending a dinner with her after the showing. The Special Olympics Torch Run stopped by City Hall and it was once again a wonderful event led by the New York State Police. The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber held their Annual Business Expo at the PSUC Fieldhouse. It was great to visit with the local business owners and their staffs. The Annual June Jubilee at the Middle School was enjoyable and fun. Nova Bus held an event to introduce the staff and its first class facilities to the public. General Manager Jim Tooley will do an outstanding job for the company. The City of Plattsburgh dedicated the new Park on the Waterfront. I had the privilege to attend the 2009 Zone 9 Law Enforcement Graduation. I attended the Open House for the Plattsburgh VA Clinic which is an excellent facility with a superb staff. I took a tour of the United College Housing Project with Councilors Valentine, Calnon, and Jackson.

I had meetings throughout the month with Mike Perrotte of Airborne Speedway, John Morgan of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Bruce Steadman of PARC, Jim Salmon and Mark Leta from NYSEG, Paul Grasso of WorkSourceOne, Judy Tyo and Karen Rulfs of First Niagara, and Adore Kurtz of The Development Corporation. I will be attending the New York State Conference of Mayors Meeting in early July.

July is scheduled to be a very busy month with July 4th festivities, Mayor's Cup Celebration, FLW Fishing Tournaments, Airborne Speedway Mayor's Cup Challenge, and Quadricentennial events. Please make sure you plan on attending as many of these events as possible! Have a great July!

Donald Kasprzak is the mayor of the city of Plattsburgh. His column appears regularly in the Clinton County Free Trader Today.

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