I hope Thanksgiving Day was enjoyable for everyone. It was a special day in our household as the food, company, and discussion while watching football was excellent!
November brought Election Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. Those three days are very important to some and more important to others. I attended a Veterans Day Celebration at American Legion Post 20. I have had the privilege in attending ceremonies thanking our veteran's and their families and I continue to be humbled by their presence and truly appreciate all their efforts and sacrifices in providing the freedoms we all enjoy today. Clinton Community College is now the home of a new national women's soccer team! The ceremony held for the team at CCC was special as are athletic director Todd Roenbeck, coach Dixon and her coaching staff, the girls' soccer team, and faculty and staff. I attended the New York State Conference of Mayors meeting in Albany. We will be bringing a list of our legislative issues to Governor-Elect Cuomo in mid-December for his review and consideration. The Common Council will begin their budget sessions to finalize the 2011 Mayor's Budget. The budget must be adopted no later than the second Thursday in January of 2012 and the new council can adjust my budget until then. I attended a Mayor's Cup meeting which seems very far away for some but the work begins now.
As winter approaches, the Public Works Department has been filling potholes and picking up leaves. We are getting ready for the change of weather which is coming soon. I have been dealing with city employee personnel issues and handling the usual monthly resident concerns. We plan on implementing a new time and attendance program throughout the city to make the process more efficient also resulting in cost savings.
In closing, I want to thank my supporters as I was recently re-elected mayor for another term. Unlike others, we ran a positive campaign and I was truly humbled by the margin of victory. As long as I am mayor, I will continue to work in the best interests of the majority of taxpayers and residents!
Don Kasprzak is mayor of the city of Plattsburgh.