City rejects request for block party PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE LoTEMPLIO, Staff Writer   
Friday, April 13, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh councilors have rejected a request from Plattsburgh State students to hold a block party this weekend.
Students who live at 130 Brinkerhoff St. requested that the corner of Wells and Brinkerhoff streets be blocked off from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday for the annual block party in honor of former Plattsburgh State rugby player Anthony Santandrea.
Santandrea was killed in a street fight on Brinkerhoff in 1995.
Councilors had approved the request for the block party in recent years, but this year they said no.
Councilor William Provost (D-Ward 6), who represents the neighborhood, said the house at 130 Brinkerhoff St. has been a source of complaints this year for the Building Inspector's Office and City Police.
"If they are not going to be good neighbors, then we are not going to approve their request for a block party," Provost said. "Why should we reward them?"
The request was on the Common Council agenda for initial consideration two weeks ago. However, it was taken off the agenda before it could be voted on after the council found out about the problems with the house.
Provost said the students need to know that if they do not behave in their neighborhoods, there will be consequences.
"I hope this sends a message that there will be repercussions."
Provost said neighbors of the house have told him that last year's party was especially loud.
Mayor Donald Kasprzak said the residents of the neighborhood need to be considered.
"I believe the decision not to hold the block party was a good one and in the best interests of the residents of the Center City."



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