TO THE EDITOR: There is a reason the Democrats and the Working Families Party have endorsed my candidacy for Ward 6 councilor in the City of Plattsburgh.
Since returning home to Plattsburgh five years ago, I have built links across the community.
I am an entrepreneur who has built his own design firm. I have served on the board of directors for the Plattsburgh Rotary Club, the Adirondack Young Professionals and for the Plattsburgh Roller Derby league, the Lumber Jills.
I serve on the Steering Committee for Vision2Action, one of the organizations responsible for the First Weekends downtown initiative; as chairman for the Arts in Clinton County Task Force; as a member of the Plattsburgh Downtown Association; and as an ambassador for the North Country Chamber of Commerce.
People in every part of Plattsburgh have been telling me how concerned they are at the loss of the Community Development Office. The council has found the money to reopen this office, but this is only the first step. To be a success, the office needs dedicated political support and leadership. With that level of support, the office can bring in funds from other sources, such as New York state.
People have many other concerns. There is a lack of parking. The downtown area could benefit from the presence of national retailers.
But community support for this commercial expansion is not enough. Ward 6 needs a new, dynamic, forward-looking, representative to forge links between the council and business.
This is exactly the investment in Plattsburgh’s social capital that shows the skill set Ward 6 needs on the council. I am appealing to all Ward 6 voters to form a common bond with my existing supporters to build a new future for Plattsburgh.
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