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October 30, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 30, 2013

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Our best resource is the people who live, work and learn right here in the North Country. Our community has proven it can face challenges, such as the Ice Storm, Hurricane Irene or meeting the day-to-day needs of our neighbors. Together, I’m sure we can build the town we want and deserve.

I will be approachable, transparent and work hard to serve you. As a Plattsburgh town councilperson, my votes will represent you, the taxpayer.

I have the passion, principles and experiences to serve as town councilperson. I will work tirelessly to listen to you and lead on your behalf. If elected, the only special interest will be you, the taxpayer.

I invite you to visit my website http://www.michaelcashmanforplattsburgh.com/ and share your vision for our town.

MICHAEL CASHMAN

Plattsburgh

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Union relations

TO THE EDITOR: Even a casual reader of the minutes posted on the city website will notice that some 100 times the Common Council of the City of Plattsburgh voted unanimously to underwrite the many lawsuits contesting grievances filed by the city unions.

The New York state law for municipal employees is very specific — whoever breaks the contract will lose the case; 99 times, the City of Plattsburgh lost the case and was left paying more than $10,000 in legal fees, court fees and fines. The remaining case was dismissed because no employee was directly affected.

If you believe that those pesky unions need to be taught a lesson no matter how much tax money it costs, then you now know who to vote for — pretty much anyone who has served on the City Council these past six years.

And if you believe that contracts are meant to be honored, that our employees deserve respect and that there are much better ways to spend more than a million dollars of tax revenue, then you now know who not to vote for — everyone who has served on the City Council these past six years.

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