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October 30, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 30, 2013

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Both Calnon and AFSCME understand the important role that government-union relations will serve after the coming election. It’s a key relationship required to continue providing affordable city services.

As a councilor, Jim Calnon has also served as the city’s budget officer and liaison to the Health Care Task Force.

The proposed 2014 budget is $54.2 million. That’s a budget that requires proper management. Working professionally with Councilor Calnon as liaison to the Health Care Task Force, we have full confidence that as mayor he is capable of handling such a budget.

With 24 years experience as executive director of the Workforce Investment Board, Calnon also understands the importance of jobs and how they affect the maintenance and growth of municipal operations.

ASFCME employees enjoy their work and want to continue providing quality services to the city. We look forward to helping with any new opportunities that requires labor from our membership, and Calnon recognizes that.

Local government-union relations are key not just for today but for the future of Plattsburgh.

I feel that electing Jim Calnon for mayor would result in a seamless transition with little or no learning curve.

An AFSCME contract is overdue after being in negotiations since 2009, but we were also concerned when Mayor Kasprzak announced he wasn’t running. This brought on discussion of a potential city manager again.

As both a city employee and city taxpayer for more than 34 years and now as ASFCME Local 788 president, the AFSCME Board and I felt Jim Calnon is the right man for the job.

CHRISTOPHER BLEAUX

Plattsburgh

 

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Council candidates

TO THE EDITOR: Tom Metz and Bill Brudvig have diverse experiences and abilities to contribute significantly to the Plattsburgh Town Council.

Tom is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, a retired adjunct professor at SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College and a resident of the town for 32 years. Bill is the owner of Heritage Homes NY LLC, real estate development and home building. His knowledge of fair housing and business law is applied while working as general manager and comptroller for Renaissance Village Suites.

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