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October 30, 2013

City Fire Department backs Rosenquest for mayor

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COMMUNICATION CITED

The Fire Department union, the Plattsburgh Permanent Firefighters Local 2421, unanimously agreed to endorse Rosenquest, union President Terry Feazelle said.

The union has been at odds with Mayor Donald Kasprzak since he took that office in 2007 and also when he was a councilor from 1990 to 1994.

Kasprzak, who is not seeking re-election, is a strong supporter of Calnon, who serves as mayor pro tem.

Feazelle said the union decided to back Rosenquest because they feel he will at least talk with them.

“Just because we talk doesn’t mean we are going to agree, but we can’t even talk with the administration now,” Feazelle said.

The union gave Rosenquest $500 for his campaign, he said.

He said they did reach out to Tiffer to consider endorsing him but never heard back from him.

“We are just hoping for better communication, and with Chris, I think we can get that,” Feazelle said.

COSTS VS. BENEFIT

As for the idea of increasing ambulance service to make more money, Feazelle said it could work but said there would probably be additional costs.

“We miss about 600 calls per year, so I know there is an opportunity out there,” he said.

If a city ambulance is out on a call when another one comes in, a CVPH ambulance takes that one.

Calnon said the idea of increasing ambulance service has been studied by the city, but it has not been determined whether it would be cost effective.

“It’s not cost effective, the way it’s ever been laid out for us,” he said.

Increasing the service would mean more expenditures for equipment and personnel, Calnon said, diminishing the opportunities for increased revenue.

AFSCME ENDORSEMENT

Calnon has received the endorsement from the city’s largest union, the American Federation of State County Municipal Employees Local 788.

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