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Mayor to participate in inaugural 'polar plunge'

PLATTSBURGH - Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak will soon be among those "Freezin' for a Reason."

The mayor responded positively to a challenge from Clinton County Sheriff David N. Favro and Clinton County District Attorney Andrew M. Wylie during a press conference held Sept. 24, at City Hall. The challenge? That the sheriff and the D.A. would take a dip in Lake Champlain Saturday, Nov. 13, in the inaugural Freezin' for a Reason polar plunge - if the mayor does.

"You're going to see me with a shirt on, but I'll be there," Kasprzak said as he accepted the challenge.

The polar plunge will be held at Plattsburgh City Beach as a fundraiser for Special Olympics New York, an organization supported by members of law enforcement from across the state. The organization hosts an annual state competition for those with intellectual disabilities, which costs approximately $400 per athlete to compete, said Sue Ewing, a law enforcement officer involved with planning the event.

"The goal is to get the people out there doing this plunge to make a goal of $400 so that way each person would be able to send an athlete to the games," said Ewing. "Our personal goal is to see this community raise $25,000, but, any donation will be gladly accepted."

Currently, New York States hosts the largest state Special Olympics program in the nation, serving more than 46,000 athletes. The Plattsburgh polar plunge will help send people from this region to year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults alike, said Kasprzak.

"We need to help raise funds for this wonderful group of folks," said the mayor, as he was joined by local law enforcement, district attorneys and representatives of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce. "I really have to tell you how important it is for all of us to get involved."

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