July 24, 2013

City mayoral candidate raises questions

Calnon says other candidates did not file proper paperwork

PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh mayoral candidate James Calnon says his opponents did not file the proper campaign finance paperwork this month, which should raise questions about their level of responsibility.

“Neither of my opponents filed a July Periodic Report, and Mark Tiffer hasn’t even registered his campaign committee,” Calnon said in a news release.

“It is that attention to detail that sets us apart.”

Calnon, a councilor from Ward 4, is running for mayor as the Republican and Independence party candidate. Also running are Mark Tiffer, a councilor from Ward 2 who has the Democratic and Working Families Party endorsements, and Chris Rosenquest, who grew up in Plattsburgh but has been living in Seattle and is running an independent campaign for city mayor.


Calnon, who has served as mayor pro tem and budget officer for the council since 2007, said filing the report might not be that serious a matter, but it could be an indicator of his opponents’ management skills.

“Is this a serious problem for a campaign of less than $1,000 so far? Probably not,” he told the Press-Republican. “But when dealing with a $52 million budget, it could be.”

Calnon said he has the experience and the ability to take care of such details, whether they be his campaign filings or the city budget.

“I have demonstrated that I am responsible, and I continue to demonstrate that,” he said.


Calnon’s July Periodic Campaign Finance Report showed that he took in $815.68 and loaned himself $2,000 from the time he formed his campaign committee in May until July 15, the deadline for filing.

He spent $2,366.52 for a balance of $449.16.


Tiffer said his report was not filed, in part, because of a shakeup in his campaign team. He said Tim McCormick had been his treasurer but left the duties to concentrate on other Democratic Party campaigns.

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