As I write this month's column, I am sure all the readers are very well aware of the devastating flooding the region has endured. The flooding has caused millions of dollars in damage, forced residents to evacuate their homes, townhouses, condos, and apartments, and has caused local businesses to close. Governor Cuomo declared a Federal Disaster and formally approached President Obama for financial assistance. FEMA and SEMO representatives have visited the area and have reviewed the damage assessments. The process has now officially begun but historically it will move slowly as we move forward.
I attended the Plattsburgh State graduation which is always a wonderful event. It was made very special this year as our son, Matt, graduated. I toured Mold-Rite and was very impressed with the personnel and the plant. I welcomed a group of potential Canadian business owners to Plattsburgh at a chamber of commerce seminar. I attended the opening of Little League which is always a special day. Airborne Speedway opened for the year and as usual was well-attended. Every year since becoming mayor, I provide a proclamation to Meadowbrook Nursing Home and Healthcare for National Nursing Week. I truly enjoy visiting the facility and appreciate all that they do. I also attended the New York State Conference of Mayors meeting for several days in Saratoga Springs.
As I mentioned earlier, the flooding issue has become the priority for all of us. Residents have been misplaced, evacuations have occurred, and local businesses affected. The people of the North Country, however, are resilient and will persevere. We have survived a base closure and an ice storm and we will deal with this issue and move ahead in a positive manner.
Don Kasprzak is mayor of the city of Plattsburgh.