March 11, 2013

Lookback: March 11 to 17

25 YEARS — 1988

Gov. Mario Cuomo told Plattsburgh city officials that he won’t call a special election to fill the Common Council’s Ward 2 vacancy.  Cuomo’s action throws the issue back to the state Supreme Court, where it may be decided later this month.

During a routine border check for contraband at Fort Covington, U.S. Customs agents arrested a Canadian man when they found cocaine worth $2 million to $3 million in his car. Yves St. Arneault, 24, of LaValle, Quebec, was arrested when Customs inspectors discovered 10 kg of pure cocaine in the front passenger side door panel of his 1979 Buick LeSabre.

The Franklin County legislature acknowledged that the County, and not the individual towns and villages, must bear the burden of solving the county solid waste problem. “We all know that as legislators we do not at the present time have a legal obligation to absorb the burden of seeking a solution to the solid waste problem; however, I do believe we have a real obligation to do so. To do nothing would be to abdicate our responsibility,” said Board Chairman Jim Frenette.

50 YEARS — 1963

Assemblyman Robert J. Feinberg is beginning to believe that a 1 percent sales tax for support of schools may be inevitable in another year. The proposal is related to the current and final Diefendorf report on school financing.

Plattsburgh’s Community Chest fundraising drives still need to concentrate on employee and business giving, despite the Chest’s healthy financial condition. These were two recommendations given to the Chest by William X. Babel, its retiring president and campaign chairperson.

The state education department confirmed that it hopes to take over the MacDonough Monument in Plattsburgh. Whether it does, and when, rests with the outcome of the tug-of-war being waged with the state budget.

The Beartown Ski Patrol are now registered with the National Ski Patrol system. To acquire this distinction the patrol members had to pass a series of tests including first aid, skiing, tobogganing and safety.

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