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City and Town with Bernie Bassett

As we bring 2010 to an end I must honestly say that I am glad to see it go! Yes, there were some great events and progress was made but it has been a difficult year with so many economic challenges for municipalities as well as families. We learn to address the day-to-day issues but it is very difficult to work with uncertainty and fear of the unknown. Many people will begin 2011 still waiting to be called back to work or trying to find job. The recent news about Laurentian Aerospace should energize our community and bring many new opportunities to the Champlain Valley. In general, the economic picture appears to be moving the right direction but it will take time to see lasting improvement. New York State has many financial challenges that will impact our communities in the coming year. Still, I think this time we may be able to improve our local economy at a faster rate than usual.

I have had the opportunity to participate with a number of groups and work with a number of individuals who share the same vision of a better tomorrow. We have begun to take action to make that happen. I believe in 2011 we will find new ways to work together intermunicipal and bipartisan to create a better place to live, work and invest. The North Country work ethic and ability to take on challenges will surface once again and we will succeed.

My New Year wish for each of you is that new opportunities will come your way and you and your family are able to feel a new confidence in your future. In 2011 we should all pay very close attention to our physical and mental health and take good care of each other. We each need to make a resolution to spend more time with family and loved ones, exercise more and remember the many blessings that we already have!

I look forward to a productive and busy 2011 as we work together to build our community and economic future! Let's make 2011 a benchmark year!

Bernie Bassett is supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh.

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