PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh Democratic candidates put forth a platform of growth, vision and cooperation at a news conference Saturday morning.
“We promise to have an open-door policy for all who live and work in the City of Plattsburgh,” mayoral candidate Mark Tiffer said on the steps of City Hall.
“We will create an inclusive environment that will empower individuals and encourage community participation.”
Tiffer, a councilor from Ward 2 who was elected in 2010, heads the Democrats’ ticket that features candidates running for each of the six wards. The hopefuls were endorsed by the city party committee at last Tuesday’s caucus.
Rachelle Armstrong, a retired educator, is running in Ward 1. She was given the endorsement over two-term incumbent Timothy Carpenter in a surprise outcome.
Armstrong said the city is facing some serious challenges and needs to be proactive and look to improve services in her ward.
“I am concerned about the lack of services and accessing basic needs,” she said.
Armstrong said the city needs to attract more small businesses and tourism opportunities, and she would like to see a branch of the Farmers Market locate in the south end of the city.
Carpenter, upset with the party’s decision to endorse Armstrong over him, said it appeared that the party did not appreciate his ideas of fiscal responsibility.
Michael Kelly, a former councilor from Ward 2, is running to regain his old seat.
Kelly served on the council from 2008 to 2011 with Carpenter, and he said Carpenter’s comments about fiscal responsibility were unfounded.
“There is no evidence that city Democrats have been any less fiscally responsible than Tim Carpenter was,” he said.
Kelly said he is running again because he missed representing the ward.
He said he believes the city is a great place to live, but could be even better.