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October 10, 2013

Candidates share views, ideas at forum

PLATTSBURGH — All three Plattsburgh mayoral candidates agree that regional partnership is important for the area. 

The meet-and-greet-style “Meet the Candidates” forum, hosted Tuesday evening by the Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club, introduced candidates running for offices in Clinton County and the City of Plattsburgh.

MASTER PLAN

“It’s about creating a region. The success of the town (of Plattsburgh) is as important as the success as the city,” said Democratic mayoral candidate Mark Tiffer, who now serves as a city councilor from Ward 2.

He said he has a background of giving back to the community and creating tangible changes. 

“I want to give voices to people who don’t have representation,” he said. 

Tiffer said that when he was running for City Council, some thought he wasn’t prepared for the position.

“People said I was too young, too inexperienced, but I overcame that,” he said. 

He hopes to revitalize Plattsburgh and attract businesses and young professionals.

“We do have jobs; we don’t have careers,” he said. 

Among his goals is the creation of a master plan for Plattsburgh.

“If you don’t have a vision, you’re stagnant,” he said. “We need direction.”

‘GREAT OPPORTUNITY’

Chris Rosenquest, who’s running an independent campaign for mayor, also wants to focus on creating opportunities in the city. 

“We still have kids moving away from Plattsburgh to find jobs,” he said. 

The small-business owner, who lived in Plattsburgh for 31 years before moving away for work and then returning, wants to create jobs so young people can return to the area.

“We have a great opportunity here in Plattsburgh,” he said. “The opportunity is to grow and develop.”

Rosenquest noted the city’s very large freshwater beach, the airport and train station, among other amenities, that he hopes to highlight to generate more tourism revenue should he win the mayor’s seat.

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