He said it is not accurate to say that there is no development in the city, and he rattled off more than a dozen projects that have been undertaken since he has been in office, including a major expansion of Bombardier, construction of College Suites, an expansion of Bill McBride Chevrolet, Catherine Gardens senior housing, several drug stores, a Subway restaurant, a dollar store and the re-location of Murnane Building Contractors.
“There is a lot more development going on in this city than people realize, and that helps our tax base,” he said.
Carpenter also said he was instrumental in solving serious fiscal problems at the Municipal Lighting Department and Plattsburgh Public Library.
“I’ve proven I can be pro development, fiscally responsible and that I can work with all parties,” he said.
In Ward 3, Meyer and McCleery are vying to run against Republican Dale Dowdle.
Incumbent Republican George Rabideau cannot run again due to City Council term limits.
There are 747 registered Democrats in Ward 3 eligible to vote in the primary.
Meyer, a Plattsburgh attorney, said he wants to hold the line on taxes and continue to deliver sufficient services to city residents.
He also said he will work on relationships with city employees and City Hall.
“It is very important that we mend those relationships,” he said.
McCleery ran for mayor against incumbent Republican Donald Kasprzak and lost badly in 2010.
She said she has been actively involved in the New York state legislative process since the 1960s, when the Taylor Law was first enacted, detailing how all municipal employees are to be treated, which got her involved locally wherever she has lived.
“But mostly I’ve learned to listen. Every citizen deserves to be heard, and everyone’s opinion matters,” she said.