Monday, June 25, 2018

New Mural: The First Step


By Luke T. Bush

PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY - 6/25/18

The first step was taken today with the latest endeavor by Outdoor Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project.  A large wall area on Durkee Street was cleaned with high pressure water, being prepped for the S. Booker Tribute mural.  The mural will recreate one of the works by the late local artist: 4th of July.


UNDER PRESSURE - Artist Les Cosgrove uses a pressure cleaner to wet down and clean the brick wall area on Durkee Street for the new mural.  Les hopes the weather will cooperate so that the project will be completed by August. 


DYNAMIC DUO -  Artist Les Cosgrove gets a helping hand from her son Gabe with the pressure cleaner. 

THE 4TH OF JULY BY S. BOOKER, the basis for the new mural to be painted behind the Ashley Furniture building.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Enjoy Sudoku?



PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY -- 6/18/18


The popular numbers puzzle appears daily on page A2 of the Press-Reublican.  If you want to solve today's Sudoku you'll have to somehow pry up the movie theater ad covering 99% of the puzzle.  Who's paying attention to the layout?   Anyone?

(Click on image to enlarge.)




Monday, June 04, 2018

Podcast Discusses The Question of Selective Enforcement




A local podcast called Trashcast -- part of the burgeoning Trashburg Empire -- opened its first show talking about the controversy over Koffee Kat and NAMI-CV being forced to take down posters for a public event. Here is the link:

https://bit.ly/2JbCPlW 

One point I want to emphasize: the complaint came from "higher up" and the police officer who visited the Koffee Kat was doing his job even though he probably thought the situation was silly.  I still haven't learned who the "higher up" was. 

My previous posts dealing with this issue:

Selective Enforcement?

Selective Enforcement - Update

Monday, May 28, 2018

Selective Enforcement? -- Update


By Luke T. Bush

Responding to a previous post -- Selective Enforcement? -- about the official order to remove posters promoting a NAMI event at Koffee Kat -- Mayor Colin Read responded via email:

"Dear Luke,

I have no knowledge of this. I will check to see what the ordinance states. I would want to be sure there is no selective enforcement, but that all ordinances are enforced equally.

Regards,

Colin"


Then Mayor Read wrote:

"The Chief is looking into this to ensure there is no selective enforcement. I am getting to know him well, and I know he appreciates the work of NAMI as much as I do. 

best regards,

Colin"


Friday, May 25, 2018

Selective Enforcement?



PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY -- 5/25/18

By Luke T. Bush


The local chapter of NAMI -- the National Alliance on Mental Illness -- had a successful open mic last week at Koffee Kat coffeehouse.

Three days later a police officer showed up at the Kat.  There was a complaint.  Noise from the event?  No.  The problem was the posters taped up around town to promote the event. The officer explained to the owner that there was an ordinance against leaving posters up.  If the owner didn't have the posters removed then she could face a fine and maybe even jail time.  (Sounds silly but...)

One key detail: Koffee Kat only provided the space.  It had nothing to do setting up the open mic or distributing the posters about it.

Each poster included a contact number for the one of the event organizers, not the Koffee Kat owner.  The organizer -- one would assume -- would have been contacted first.

The coffeehouse owner -- Patty Waldron -- and an organizer visited the Plattsburgh City Police Department to learn more.  The officer they met with said enforcement of the ordinance was to set an example to others postering downtown.  What was odd that there was no written complaint, only a verbal one by some unknown person.  (I'm not a legal expert but shouldn't the accused know the name of the accuser?)  The officer also explained that the complaint came from "higher up."

This raises questions.  Will all the posters promoting other events and businesses be taken down?  Why an anonymous complaint with no written report?  Why was this ordinance suddenly enforced?  Did Patty Waldron -- a reasonable and fair member of the Clinton County Legislature -- accidentally torque someone off with enough influence to extract petty revenge? 

And could this possibly lead into a free speech issue, i.e., the ACLU?



UPDATE: Mayor Colin Read has responded to this article.  His comments can be found here.