PLATTSBURGH — Mayoral candidate Chris Rosenquest says he would use his business experience and skills to foster more economic-development opportunities and generate more revenue for the city.
“We desperately need economic growth, good-paying jobs and a government that is responsible to the taxpayers,” he said Wednesday morning at a news conference outside Plattsburgh City Hall.
“It’s not enough to talk about a vision. It’s time to implement one.”
Rosenquest, 38, is running for mayor as an independent candidate. He moved to Plattsburgh from Seattle earlier this month to do so.
He grew up in Plattsburgh, graduating from Plattsburgh High School, Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh.
For the past 14 years, he has been living away, spending the past six years in Seattle.
Rosenquest is part owner of SeattleBurlap, a business that collects used coffee bags for reuse in gardening, farming and landscaping, and also the founder and owner of Bicycle Heroes, a business that supplies clothing and accessories for bikers who commute to work.
He has a master’s in business administration from the University of Washington.
HAS THE SIGNATURES
Councilor and Mayor Pro Tem James Calnon (I-Ward 4) and Councilor Mark Tiffer (D-Ward 2) are also running for mayor. Calnon has the Republican and Independence Party lines, and Tiffer will be on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines.
Rosenquest said he has gathered more than 600 signatures to eclipse the 242 needed to get on the ballot as an independent candidate.
As mayor, he said, he would focus his efforts on improving the local economy and culture.
“Plattsburgh is filled with thousands of hardworking people who expect and deserve more from City Hall,” he said.
“We can become an economic hub for Upstate New York, and that’s going to take someone with the skills and drive to go beyond the status quo to make it happen.”