It is now the New Year and January brought with it frigid weather and small but consistent snow storms! Below zero temperatures have caused broken pipes and icy conditions. The only consolation is we are getting closer to spring every day!
The Eastern Snocross Snowmobile event at the Crete Center drew over 4,000 people. Local hotels and restaurants all benefitted from the many visitors and participants. Mike Perrotte, Steve Fuller, and all the Airborne Speedway staff did an outstanding job promoting and running the event and city departments and staff were excellent in their efforts as well. I was visited in City Hall by Dr. Tom Mandeville's government class which is always enjoyable and interesting. I volunteered with many wonderful people on Martin Luther King Day to clean the Trinity Church Soup Kitchen. We have begun working on the 2011 Mayor's Cup & Regatta. Plans are looking very interesting and will ne announced very soon. Once again, the city of Plattsburgh and Sunrise Rotary will partner on this yearly event. I met with Michele Powers from the Chamber of Commerce to discuss possible events in 2011.
The Common Council passed the 2011 city budget. With the $11 billion deficit New York State and Governor Cuomo is facing, I believe the council budget was responsible. The 2012 budget process will be very difficult as the city will be directly affected by the decisions made in Albany. Governor Cuomo will be announcing his budget in early February which will have a dramatic affect on all of New York State. Councilor Jim Calnon and I interviewed a number of individuals for the assessor position. All the candidates were very good and our decision will be made very soon. My office continues to field the many constituent questions and concerns on a daily basis.
The city of Plattsburgh continues to deal with the many financial challenges in this struggling economy. We are all hopeful the Laurentian Aerospace news will be positive as this will help the region tremendously. Until then, however, we will do our best to provide the important services our constituents expect and deserve.
Don Kasprzak is mayor of the city of Plattsburgh.