August 2016: People on the Move

New primary care provider at Carthage Family Health Center

Mollura

Mollura

Physician assistant Kelsey Mollura recently joined the Carthage Family Health Center, Carthage, as its latest primary care provider.

Ms. Mollura earned a bachelor’s in biological sciences from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and a master’s in physician assistant studies from Arcadia University, Glenside, Pa. She previously worked in an internal medicine/geriatric office in Pittsburgh and in an ENT/sleep medicine office in Greenbelt, Md. [Read more…]

New city of Watertown water superintendent set to be hired

The city will soon have a new water superintendent to replace Michael J. Sligar, who retired two weeks ago after 36 years of service with the city. [Read more…]

Retiring city planner helped Watertown grow in his 30 years

Watertown City Planning and Community Development Coordinator Kenneth A. Mix retired Wednesday after 30 years of service. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Watertown City Planning and Community Development Coordinator Kenneth A. Mix retired Wednesday after 30 years of service. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Kenneth A. Mix now knows what happens to rubber bands after they’ve been lost in a desk for 30 years.

Mr. Mix, 55, the city’s planning and community development coordinator, learned they become brittle and fall apart, something he discovered while cleaning out his desk in his City Hall office while preparing to retire on Wednesday. [Read more…]

Council members reject bid for arena concession stand

The city is still without a concessionaire to run the snack bar at the newly renovated Watertown Municipal Arena.

By a 3-1 vote, City Council members on Monday night rejected the only qualified bidder to run the ice rink’s concession stand after deciding a $350-a-month bid from Maggie’s on the River was too low. [Read more…]

COR outlines progress of Mercy Hospital project

COR Development Co. plans to start the first phase of construction at the former Mercy Hospital site this summer with 108 apartments and 30,000 square feet of commercial space. [Read more…]

March 2016 Cover Story: Women in Public Service

Women answer the call for public service

Sharon A. Addison, 52, was appointed Watertown city manager in 2012 following a 27-year career with the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

Sharon A. Addison, 52, was appointed Watertown city manager in 2012 following a 27-year career with the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

From county and city managers to district attorneys, an assistant
attorney general, state lawmakers and the youngest woman ever
elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, north country women have blazed a progressive — and impressive — trail in public service.

By Norah Machia | Photos By Justin Sorensen

There are many women in the north country who provide invaluable leadership in the public sector as a result of their strategic skills, energy, knowledge and commitment. [Read more…]

Watertown councilman says city should explore CitiBus run by transit authority

Travelers ready to embark a CitiBus at the downtown Terminal.

Travelers ready to embark a CitiBus at the downtown Terminal. Watertown Daily Times file photo.

City Councilman Mark C. Walczyk wants the city to look into whether the CitiBus public bus system should be run by a transportation authority. [Read more…]

Watertown’s mayor-elect actively preparing for office

WATERTOWN — Mayor-elect Joseph M. Butler Jr. joked that he’s taken an active role to get ready for taking office on Jan. 1 as the city’s top elected official.

When asked what he’s been doing to prepare for the job, he joked, “pushups, sit-ups and the 40-yard dash. I’m in the best shape.”

Mr. Butler, whose father served as mayor from 2000 to 2004, easily defeated incumbent Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham in the Nov. 3 election.

He’ll be joined by new council members Mark C. Walczyk and Cody J. Horbacz on the first of the year. Mr. Butler has served as a council member for the past eight years.

“I’m as excited as I was when I first took office,” he said. “I can’t wait to start working on making Watertown a better place.”

Since the election, the mayor-elect has been meeting with a variety of city staff, state officials and U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, to see how they can work together on issues facing the city.

He’s sat down a few times to talk to City Manager Sharon A. Addison and city department heads about the priorities he would like to see the city work on over the next year. They’re already talking about what he would like to see in the next fiscal year’s budget.

Getting an outside firm to help go after grants is a possibility, he said. It might be a better strategy to get funding for city projects through the North Country Regional Economic Development Committee, possibly getting some money to complete Western Boulevard, so some additional commercial businesses can be attracted to that area.

Among the state officials he’s met with is Lt. Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul. He talked to her about what will happen with Jefferson Rehabilitation Center’s sheltered workshop and the others around the state.

They talked about the state’s current plans for making some changes with the programs around the state.

The state planned to shut down the sheltered workshop and eliminate 60 jobs for the developmentally disabled working at Production Unlimited. State officials are now looking at ways to preserve the workshops.

By Craig Fox, Times Staff Writer