Saturday, October 25, 2008

URGENT! Sign A Petition To Secure The Federal Building For The Arts Center

If you support an Arts Center, NOW is the time to let your voice be heard by signing a petition to have the surplused Federal Building in Plattsburgh become our local Arts Center!!!

You must act by November 5th

The NCCCA just received approval by the National Board of Education to acquire the Federal Building as an Arts Center. However, despite the previous Mayor and City Council providing support for an Arts Corridor in downtown Plattsburgh that included the Federal Building becoming an Arts Center, Plattsburgh's Mayor Don Kasprzak is asking it be turned into a retail venture. It is now up to the GSA (General Services Administration) to review the proposal and make a decision.

If you want to see the Federal Building become our Arts Center, and the further development of the Arts Corridor, then your voice needs to be heard. Please read the email below and get to the current Arts Center on Brinkerhoff Street to sign the petition. Better yet, seriously consider downloading or printing a petition form, getting as many signatures as you can, and then brining it to the current Arts Center no later than November 5th.

View and Print Petition Form By Clicking Here

PLEASE, ALSO consider using the following three steps below to donating several minutes of your time to voice your views with our local and state government officials. Then forward this to other friends.


STEP 1 - Click on each of the links below to email or open a contact form.

To Email Or Phone Mayor Kasprzak Click Here

To Email Or Phone The City Council Members Click Here

(To MAIL or CALL Her Office: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Leo W. O'Brien Federal Office Building, 1 Clinton Square, Room 821, Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 431-0120)

To Send Senator Schumer A Comment On This Issue Click Here And Fill Out The Form
(To MAIL or CALL His Office: Leo O'Brien Building, Room 420, Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-431-4070)

To Send Congressman McHugh A Comment On This Issue Click Here And Fill Out The Form
Congressman John H. McHugh, 14 Durkee St, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

PHONE (518) 563-1406

STEP 2 - Cut and paste the below message into the email or text box provided [Note: some have forms to fill out and text boxes for messages, while others provide the standard email address or form]

Dear (>TYPE Representative or Senator, etc.) _(>TYPE Their Name)___:

As a constituent I am writing to support the application of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts to acquire the surplused Federal Building in Plattsburgh, NY, for public use as a museum, gallery, and educational artistic Arts Center. Despite the Hyatt Palma report commissioned by the City of Plattsburgh clearly outlining the need for an Arts Corridor to revitalize and boost economic grow, our Mayor is in competition for the building and wishes to turn it into a retail venture. I feel there is enough vacant retail available in downtown and believe an Arts Corridor will benefit our community with much greater economic and social impact and be in the best interest of the public.

I am asking you to contact the General Services Administration to share your support for the North Country Cultural Center For The Arts application to make The vacant Plattsburgh Federal Building an Arts Center. Thank you.


STEP 3 - Add your information to the message and send. Modify the above message so it has your name and mailing address before sending the message. [I provided the message to help make this process easy, but of course you can modify and add to it in any way you like. It is best to keep the letter short so the essential message stays clear] *PLEASE SEND THIS EMAIL ASAP AND NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 5TH* *PLEASE CONSIDER ALSO FORWARDING THIS TO OTHER FRIENDS AND FAMILY*

Link To North Country Cultural Center For The Arts Web Page

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Discussion On Current Progress, Plans & Needs Of www.LocalSustainability.Com

This discussion thread is to:
*Report when the structure of the LocalSustainability.Com pages have evolved in some way
*Share any new plans for the pages
*Identify new needs for the pages

Do YOU have any ideas on how LocalSustainability.Com should expand to better fulfill its mission?
*Check out the LocalSustainability.Com's GOALS, as well as Michael Shuman's Small-Mart Revolution Checklist:Twenty-Seven Items For Consumers to get ideas or to guide your brainstorm. Or, just post ideas as they come to you.