July was a very busy month in the city of Plattsburgh and the region! The hot, humid weather has the grass growing and air conditioners working overtime. Circus Smirkus came to the city beach July 2 and 3. Airborne Speedway had great races and fantastic fireworks July 3. The Fourth of July Parade and fireworks brought thousands of people downtown. The following week the Mayor's Cup and Regatta again brought many people to the waterfront and downtown. The Boat Parade of Lights started off the weekend and then entertainment, sailing, concerts, kids and family activities in the arts corridor, artist vendors, medieval jousting, and finally fireworks ended the weekend. The Sunrise Rotary did an outstanding job with their involvement for all the events and I hope the public enjoyed themselves. Two fishing tournaments were also held in the region, which brought hundreds of anglers and their families to the area.
I have been busy as usual addressing constituent concerns and city problems during the month. A severe rain storm affected the entire North Country with power outages, hail, downed trees, water and sewer issues, building damage, and accidents. I was very proud of all our city departments in their handling of the storm. I attended a press conference with Col. John Boule and Congressman Owens regarding the Plattsburgh Bay Marina Breakwater. This project will improve boating safety and address the deterioration of the breakwater itself. I spoke to the ABBA Contractors group and answered their questions about present and future development in Plattsburgh. It was an enjoyable evening.
As we move into August, we have several fishing tournaments that will keep the waterfront busy. We will continue to deal with summer issues and constituent concerns. We will begin to work on the 2011 budget, which will once again be very challenging. We will do the best we can on bringing a stable and fair budget to our residents. Thanks and everyone have a great August!