September 8, 2013

Of Interest: Sept. 8, 2013


---- — Mayoral candidate to unveil Plan for Youth on Monday

PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh mayoral candidate Chris Rosenquest will unveil his Plan for Youth at a news conference set for noon Monday at the public marina on Dock Street.

He will also discuss “the local and regional partnerships required to effectively include our younger population,” he said in a news release.

“We often hear adults talking about how our youth are the future, yet there aren’t clear actions taken to ensure these young people are wholly integrated into the decision making process,” Rosenquest said. “Even in the decisions made that directly impact them.”

He said he had several several meetings and discussions with both local and regional educators, administrators, parents and students as he formed his plan.

“Any successful long-term plan needs to include succession planning,” he said. “Now is the time to fully engage our youth as a way to develop the next generation of community leaders, and my plan does that.” 

Rosenquest is running on the independent Plattsburgh Renewal Party line, competing for the mayoral seat against Ward 4 Councilor James Calnon and Ward 2 Councilor Mark Tiffer. 

Calnon is running on the Republican line in November and is the sole candidate in Tuesday’s Independence Party primary. Tiffer is on the Democrat ticket. Both Tiffer and Rosenquest seek the Independence endorsement as write-in candidates.

—By News Editor Suzanne Moore


Owens to hold telephone ‘town hall’ on Monday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) will speak to constituents during a live “telephone town hall” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9. 

He will give a short update on events in Washington, D.C., then take live questions from constituents.

“As we head into the fall session, Congress has a lot of important decisions to make and hearing from my constituents will be extremely helpful,” he said in a press release. 

A random sample of residents from every county in the 21st Congressional District will receive an invitation by telephone to participate in the conference call. 

As well, anyone from the district can request an invitation by: emailing their name and complete phone number to; calling (202) 225-4611; or filling out the form provided at

Questions or concerns can also be sent to the congressman by calling any of his offices in New York or Washington; visiting or or by following him on Twitter at


Literacy Volunteers seeks tutors

PLATTSBURGH — Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County is in need of new tutors. Volunteers tutor adults one-on-one for two hours each week with flexible scheduling.  Tutors are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of free training before they are matched with a learner.

Training begins with a required Orientation Session on Monday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 5 pm in Room 049 in the basement of Hawkins Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh. For those who choose to work with a basic literacy learner, the next two sessions would be on Sept. 16 and 18 at the same time and place. For those who want to focus on English speaking learners, the next two sessions would be on Sept. 23 and 25 same time and location. For those who are interested, it is possible to complete training in both areas.

Training will conclude with a required Successful Tutoring Session on Monday, Sept. 30, again at the same time and place.

To reserve a seat or ask questions please call Marita at 564-5332 or respond on our website,