August 28, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 28, 2013


---- — Honest, intelligent

TO THE EDITOR: You are lucky if you live in Ward 1 in the City of Plattsburgh because you have the opportunity to elect a remarkable person to represent you.

Her name is Rachelle Armstrong, and she is honest, eager, highly intelligent and more than able to represent you.

Rachelle Armstrong will not be influenced or corrupted by special interests, greed or promises she cannot keep.

She will represent Ward 1 with honor, dignity, energy and great, good humor. She will listen to you and focus on your needs, not hers. You will be represented by someone with diligence, devotion and absolutely worthy of your trust.

I have known Rachelle Armstrong for more than 25 years. I have great hope whenever I think of her, and so should you.




Carpenter tourney

TO THE EDITOR: The eighth-annual Brian T. Carpenter Memorial Golf Tournament was hosted at the Moriah Country Club on Aug. 3.

The enthusiasm and support of all involved made this a fun and fabulous success.

Proceeds from the event go toward funding of the Brian T. Carpenter Memorial Scholarship and, new this year, a portion goes towards raising funds to bring an Angel of Hope Monument to the Lower Champlain Valley area.

Everyone’s participation is a great tribute to Brian’s memory. We thank you all for your support.

The event is successful due to the help of all who volunteer before and during the tournament. Thank you: Steve and Carrie Popp, Kathy Wagstaff, Anna, Jim and Mike Mayhood, Julie Ida, Jo Mydlarz, the Russos, the McGraths, Rick Carpenter, the Bradfords, the Castillo families, Kate LaVigne, Jared Hammond, Denise Carpenter.

Special thanks to Steve Schaeffer Adirondack Heritage Hogs for a fantastic Pig Roast. If we have forgotten anybody we apologize; you are very appreciated.

This year we surpassed our previous years monetary and raffle donations. Thank you: Moriah Country Club, J. DelGrosso, J. Faulk, C. Swanson, Mineville Oil, Cutting Excavation, Celotti’s Wines & Spirits, M. Westover, Old Mine Saloon, George’s, K. Wagstaff, K. Wagstaff, C. Ida, K. LaVigne and B. Tang, Fisher Hill Wood Products, Coach Gilbo, S. Blaise, Lee House residents, J. Shpur, M. Franchella, Port Henry Knights of Columbus, Divine Lotus Healing, S. Bryant, Riley’s Wishes, S. Gray, Boyea’s Grocery & Deli, Cooke Family, D. Pratt and J. O’Banion, N. Popp and A. Slattery, P. Ida, M & M. Mydlarz, R. Carpenter and V. McGrath.




Plattsburgh Mold-Rite support

TO THE EDITOR: Mold-Rite Plastics has gone above and beyond in their community support.

Mold-Rite held their annual Customer Appreciation Golf Outing on Aug. 8 at Bluff Point Golf Course. Once again this year, all of their proceeds were given to us.

With our continuing need to raise funds to replace a portion of our roof, they have tremendously helped our organization.

During these times of tight fiscal controls and budgets this donation is especially meaningful.

The staff, board and senior citizens we serve would like to sincerely “thank” your company, sponsors and participants for your most generous contributions.


Executive director


Deputy director

Clinton County Senior Citizens Council


Helmet giveaway

TO THE EDITOR: On Aug. 10, I hosted the third-annual Clinton County District Attorney Bicycle Helmet Giveaway at the Farmers Market in downtown Plattsburgh.

The event was sponsored by the law firm of Martin, Harding and Mazzotti of Albany/Schenectady. We were able to hand out more than 600 free, new Bell bicycle helmets to toddlers, children and adults.

I would like to thank the following for their support and help of this event: Paul Harding, Victor Mazzotti, Rosemarie Riddell Bogdan and Clark Supley of Martin Harding and Mazzotti; Suzanne Belanger and Patrick Murphy; Thomas Houle of the New York State Police; Kimberly Davis; and the following members and children of the District Attorney’s Office: Judy Laurin, Melissa and Madyson Whalen, George Graham, Richelle and Emma Beach, Timothy, Marie and Amelia Blatchley, Nick Evanovich and Henry Wylie.


Clinton County district attorney



Official candidate

TO THE EDITOR: After six weeks of canvassing, my team and I have collected 664 signatures, and I am officially on the mayoral ballot for the Nov. 5 election.

As an independent candidate, I have created the Plattsburgh Renewal Party.

I have spoken to voters from every ward, and we share a common vision: a Plattsburgh that’s vibrant and thriving for our future and our children’s future. We want the divisions created by City Hall healed. We want our children to have opportunity here at home. We want to be stewards of our own waterfront. We want a mayor with a fresh perspective and long-term vision. We want to realize our potential as the economic and cultural heart of the North Country.

From day one, my campaign has focused on lowering taxes through community and economic development, biking access throughout the city, developing and managing our waterfront, innovation in government, support for small business and engaging and retaining our young people.

I have met with leadership from the Town of Plattsburgh, Clinton County, Burlington, business and economic development groups in Albany and local leaders in education. More than once, I’ve heard, “You’re the only candidate that has ever reached out, and I like what you’re saying.”

The voters I spoke with covered all ages and represented all parties and a wide range of perspectives. They want to know: Will the other candidates keep doing the same thing they have been doing since getting elected to the Common Council? Why are the other candidates running? Do they plan to stay in office long term? Are they talking about real results or are they still just talking?

I respectfully ask for your vote as Plattsburgh’s next mayor. Now is the time to move Plattsburgh forward.