The candidates both agreed the Clinton County Nursing Home has not always been profitable but disagreed about whether it should be operated by a private company.
Renadette said he is concerned about a loss of personal connections if a private company were to run the home.
Read said that, as more and more people live longer, it may become necessary to expand the facility, which the county probably can’t afford.
Both candidates said they believe Clinton County is business friendly.
Read said he saw that when he was starting the Champlain Wine Company business he owns in the City of Plattsburgh, which benefited from guidance from the Clinton County Health Department.
Renadette said that while the county is business friendly, perhaps it could rely more on the efforts of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and the Development Corp. He said there wouldn’t be as many new businesses in the region if the county weren’t business friendly.
In opening remarks, Renadette said he would bring nearly two decades of experience on the Plattsburgh Town Council to County Legislature.
“I can offer that experience to the residents of Clinton County,” he said.
Renadette also pledged to meet more regularly with the supervisors and councilors of the towns of Plattsburgh and Beekmantown, which are in District 4.
Read said he would continue to look for ways to attract young people to the area and ensure they stay, as he has through participation in the grassroots Vision2Action organization.
He would also look for alternatives to raising property taxes, he said, which are rapidly making the region more difficult to promote.
“There are things we can do to make government more efficient,” Read said.
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