He recently released a community and economic development plan that addresses union contract issues and an effort to increase tourism through resources already available in Plattsburgh, such as the beach and Plattsburgh International Airport.
“Arts and culture are an economic driver for our region,” Rosenquest said. “We’re already a destination, but how are we keeping (tourists) here? That’s the focus.”
Rosenquest says he would use technology to save the government time and money.
The candidates took similar stances on the importance of building and keeping a relationship with SUNY Plattsburgh, though the topic of affordable and safe housing for students garnered different answers.
After moving away to find a job after graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh, Rosenquest sees an opportunity to engage with the students and to create living-wage jobs in the area.
Tiffer wants to identify internship opportunities throughout the city.
“(Students) could give a lot to our community,” he said. “Companies need skilled workers; we have them.”
Calnon said some older housing is grandfathered in.
“We have to find ways to take properties that are technically habitable and make them (realistically) habitable,” he said. “That’s the kind of thing that will save lives ... and make student’s lives more rewarding.”
Rosenquest said the housing inspector’s job could be made easier by leveraging technology in the hopes that the services can be delivered more effectively.
Studies have already been done, Tiffer said, on how to make off-campus student-housing communities safer, and he wants to tap into that information.
The three candidates agreed that the newly renovated Strand Theatre is essential to downtown Plattsburgh.
“We need to rebuild our downtown around the Strand Theatre,” Calnon said.
Tiffer said the theater should be a focal point.
“We have to connect our downtown to our waterfront,” he added.