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October 30, 2013

City Fire Department backs Rosenquest for mayor

PLATTSBURGH — Touting an endorsement from the Plattsburgh City Fire Department union, mayoral candidate Chris Rosenquest said he would be ready to lead from day one.

He also said he would ensure the city does not miss out on chances to better itself.

“For the last six years, we have lost opportunities in Plattsburgh,” Rosenquest said at a news conference outside Station One on Cornelia Street Tuesday morning.

“We have lost opportunities for grants, we have lost opportunities for partnerships, and we’ve lost opportunities for growth.”

DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Rosenquest, 38, is running as an independent candidate against Ward 4 Councilor James Calnon, who is running on the Republican line, and Ward 2 Councilor Mark Tiffer, a Democrat.

Rosenquest graduated from Plattsburgh High School, Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh before leaving for the Midwest and Seattle. He returned this spring, after 14 years away, to run for mayor.

Throughout his campaign, he has touted the need for the city to be more proactive in community development and finding ways to bring in more revenue.

Refurbishing the Community Development Office and developing the city’s waterfront are two ideas he has pitched to bolster the city’s economy.

“I’ve put forth a comprehensive plan for community and economic development and the actions it will take to move Plattsburgh forward,” Rosenquest said.

“I will utilize the resources we already have in a fiscally, environmentally and socially responsible way.”

AMBULANCE REVENUE

Another idea Rosenquest talked about was the possibility of increasing the city’s ambulance service out of the Fire Department as a way of generating more revenue.

He said he contacted the City of Oswego to see how officials there operate their ambulance service, which produces about $1.4 million per year — around $1 million more than Plattsburgh.

“I will look at opportunities to expand that service to make more revenue,” Rosenquest said.

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