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February 4, 2013

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A dispute over the seniority status of Teamster Union members involved in a transfer from a Montréal to a Plattsburgh local has developed into a $500,000 damage suit against the union’s New York State Joint Council. Eleven members of Local 648 filed the suit in U.S. District Court, contending that their seniority rights were protected by a contract already in place and could not be nullified.

75 YEARS — 1938

Plattsburgh Mayor Leander A. Bouyea received a letter from the acting regional council for the federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, advising that the injunction restraining the Public Works Administration from financing the Plattsburgh municipal power plant has been dissolved, and the Public Works Administration is now in a position to finance the project in accordance with the terms of the government order.

Less than 50 percent of the total number of automobiles in Clinton County have been registered for 1938. Motor Vehicle Bureau Cashier Charles Anderson said 5,850 passenger cars have been licensed in the county since the plates went on sale. There are about 12,000 passenger vehicles in the county.

Is there gold in the Adirondack foothills? To answer that question, Franklin County is considering a new survey of its mineral resources, believing that Mother Nature, in creating the oldest chain of mountains, could not have skimped Franklin County while generously endowing neighboring regions such as Lyon Mountain and Mineville with valuable natural resources.

100 YEARS — 1913

The possibilities of winter automobiling for pleasure were demonstrated by a party of Montrealers who came to this city and went with their car to the summit house at Silver Lake. The party left Montréal in a handsomely equipped six cylinder Russia-Snyder limousine, which weighs more than 6,000 pounds.

The final steps in the merger of the Clinton and New York Telephone Companies occurred at a meeting of the stockholders of the new organization held at the offices of the New York Telephone Company at the corner of Clinton and Oak streets. New officers and directors were elected, thus bringing to an end the existence of the business career of the Clinton Telephone Company, a large part of the stock of which was held by local businessmen and in which Plattsburgh generally took a lively interest.

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