25 YEARS — 1988
▶ While union leaders and officials from the International Paper Company sit down in Glens Falls, there is a contingent of disgruntled mill workers who claim the union’s hierarchy misled its membership on the consequences of turning down IP’s proposed three-year contract. These members, part of local 497 Papermakers and Paperworkers, and local 5 Pulp and Sulfide Workers, charge the union’s eight-member negotiating committee has grown too powerful and is not looking out for the best interest of the rank-and-file, a charge union leaders dismiss.
▶ What some Delaware & Hudson Railway workers hoped to gain by coming under new management — namely their jobs and a weekly paycheck — slipped away when paychecks weren’t issued and about 100 people were told their jobs would be cut — affecting eight local workers. D&H’s parent company, Guilford Transportation, reportedly refused to release payroll money, creating additional confusion among employees.
▶ Clinton County legislators have turned to the Old County Courthouse in an effort to cure employee overcrowding in the Human Services Center. The County Legislature unanimously rejected a proposal move 110 health department workers out of the Human Services Center and into newly renovated office space in the old Grand Union building downtown.
▶ The fate of Frank Arvay’s ambitious City Plaza project will probably be decided late this summer when he applies for federal money and seeks approval from city’s Planning Department. However, assuming he can get over these two hurdles, Plattsburgh’s designation as a state Economic Development Zone will help Arvay pull together financing and attract tenants.
50 YEARS — 1963
▶ The long-talked about Cadyville/Plattsburgh expressway is still being talked about, but that’s about all. The proposed divided highway can’t become a reality until the state comes up with money for it, says James Norton of Watertown, district engineer for the state Public Works Department.