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October 7, 2012

Council grants easement to Bombardier despite complaints

Part of expansion plan; some residents unhappy

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Clute also said the state has given Bombardier $2.5 million for the expansion as part of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council funding last year, and they recommend helping companies that promise to create jobs.

As of last month, 410 people worked at Bombardier, and that level was expected to remain steady and even increase as the company fills orders for trains for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City and the Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority in San Francisco over the next several years.

“We’re doing this

(granting the easement) because they are a major employer and will be for a long time, and quite frankly, we will do everything we can to help them,” Clute said.

Councilor James Calnon (I-Ward 4) said most of the comments from the Hickses and Gillespie were not relevant to the easement question.

“If we don’t approve the easement it will kill the project,” he said.

Councilor Mark Tiffer (D-Ward 2) said he disagreed with Mrs. Hicks’s assertion that Bombardier does nothing for the city.

“Bombardier employs hundreds and has invested millions and will do more,” he said.

“They’ve done plenty, and to help them further their development in the city is a great plan, and that is how you grow your economy.”

‘CITY SHINES’

Councilor George Rabideau (R-Ward 3) said Bombardier trains made in Plattsburgh are in service all over the country.

“They make our city shine in the eyes of the United States, and they have put us on the map,” he said.

“They deserve credit for the work they do.”

Councilors Chris Case (D-Ward 5) and Chris Jackson (D-Ward 6) joined Tiffer, Rabideau and Calnon in voting for the easement. Timothy Carpenter (D-Ward 1) was absent.

Mayor Donald Kasprzak told Kennedy that he would look into whether emergency-service vehicles would be obstructed from traveling through the neighborhood.

Email Joe LoTemplio:

jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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