City and Town with Don Kasprzak

As I write this column, the weather is getting colder! Winter is coming but let's hope for some warm weather for a little while longer! October was a very busy month with meetings, events, and budget work.

I announced the 2011 Mayor's Budget. It was one of the most challenging budgets I have worked on and, unfortunately, the 2012 budget will more difficult. These are not enjoyable times we live in right now but we will continue to do the best we can to provide a fair and consistent budget to our residents. I attended my fourth Domestic Violence Ceremony at CVPH which brings deserved attention to this serious issue. The Plattsburgh Public Library held a ribbon-cutting to open a new Computer Center which is an outstanding addition to our facility. I spent time in City Hall with some wonderful students from Nina Bell's class which is always enjoyable. I attended the 2nd Annual Paranormal Event at the City Gym which is always enlightening. The Plattsburgh North Stars are the 2010 Empire League Champions after 20 long years! I had the pleasure of watching the game on the sidelines and the City of Plattsburgh is proud of its football team. I have been appointed to the New York State Conference of Mayors Task Force for Unfunded Mandates and we met in Albany for a day long meeting to work on issues facing all municipalities throughout New York State. I hosted an event with former Governor Pataki in City Hall.

As usual, my office continues to deal with many constituent issues. We began a very important road construction project on Park Avenue which has been challenging but badly needed. Steltzer Avenue will soon be finished as part of the Saranac Trail Project. Lefty Wilson Field is undergoing needed improvements.

As winter approaches, city responsibilities change like the weather. Let's hope the snow holds off for a little while! Have a great month!

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