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September 13, 2013

Rosenquest unveils plans for new Youth Commission

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Out of those efforts, he noted, Adirondack Young Professionals was born.

“We’ve been doing these kinds of things for the last 10 to 14 years,” Calnon said.

While he said creating positive opportunities for youth is a cause near and dear to his heart, he added that he isn’t sure it would be the first point he would bring up in his campaign, as he believes there is much more to running a city than that.

‘TIP OF ICEBERG’

Mark Tiffer, the Democratic candidate for mayor, said Rosenquest’s idea is a good one, but he would like to take it a step further.

“That is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

“It’s not just about engaging youth. We need to engage everybody in the community and create commissions that can identify and address all kinds of issues.”

Tiffer said a perfect example of the community getting involved is the Saranac River Trail Committee, which helped steer the creation of a 1.3-mile trail along the Saranac River that opened in 2011.

He also said that it’s not enough just to engage the successful youth who are already involved in school and community endeavors.

“We need to engage the students who may be at risk and those that might fall through the cracks and get them more involved, and we can work with the (Plattsburgh City) School District to do that,” he said.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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