At Plattsburgh's city council meeting Thursday Mayor Don Kasprzak presented his last budget while three people wanting his job waited in the wings.
We asked all three how the city could continue to develop despite lacking space to grow much more physically. All of them said partnerships with the Town of Plattsburgh are crucial as well as development of the waterfront. Here's where they stood apart.
Jim Calnon is a city councilor running as an Independent and Republican: “The very first thing you have to do is provide the essential city services at a price we can afford and then see what's left over for investment. Part of the ways of doing that is looking at efficiencies inside the government.”
Mark Tiffer is a city councilor running as a Democrat: “We're still the cultural center we're the heart of Clinton County and we can use that to our benefit we can draw tourists we can draw events and festivities that the town can't.”
Chris Rosenquest is running as an Independent: “If you are an entrepreneur and come to our city then how do you get started? Where do you start first? Let city hall be the starting point.”
Next we asked all three what their key issue would be if they took office.
“Jobs. Attracting that industry. Regional partnerships with the town,” Rosenquest said.
“The only way you can become as efficient as city government needs to be is if you really invest your time into teamwork,” Calnon said.
“A comprehensive master plan and that would be a regional plan working with the town working with the county,” Tiffer said.
Election Day is November 5th.