June 2016

June, 2016

Each year we devote an issue of Strictly Business to young people who are making an impact on our business community. To select our honorees we talk to key leaders in a variety of industries and not-for-profits in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties and we invite past honorees to offer their suggestions. This year’s group read more


May 2016

May, 2016

In this issue of Strictly Business we feature some of the people who are living their dreams in the North Country. Most were born and raised here, left the area for a time, but then returned and are happy they did. We’ve also included a few who came to the area, fell in love with read more


Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

May, 2016

The Adirondack region means different things to different people. For Eli and Emily Schwartzberg the affection they have for the area has brought the couple full circle. Both attended Northwood School, a college preparatory school in Lake Placid. Emily, originally from Gloversville, was a competitive skier and a resident boarder, spending as much time as read more


From Educator to Farm Girl

May, 2016

There is an inescapable irony in the path forged by Natalie Peck since she arrived in Plattsburgh over a decade ago. Originally from Wilson, Kansas Peck traveled east in 2002 to find a job in academia. A biology major at Wichita State, Peck pursued two Master’s degrees, an M.A. in the History of Science and read more


Savvy and Stamina

May, 2016

In 2013, Ashlee Kleinhammer and Steven Googin, began to milk their herd of 19 Shorthorn and Jersey cows at Clover Mead Farm in Keeseville. Committed to keeping their milk local, they set up a creamery and developed farmstead and artisan cheeses as well as three flavors of yogurt made from their own milk. Once established, read more


Michael J. O’Connor

May, 2016

Current Position: Senior Vice President, Investment Officer at Wells Fargo Advisors Hometown: Plattsburgh, NY Family: Wife of 40 years Kathy Rennell, sons Kyle, Ryan, and Casey Education: Three years at SUNY Plattsburgh before transferring to Florida State University to complete a B.A. in Biology. Community Involvement: CVPH Medical Center Foundation, Diocese of Ogdensburg Investment Advisory read more


Where the Action

May, 2016

Matt Murphy and Kiel Peryea of All Action Painting started their business with a dollar, a trailer, a sprayer, one job and Kiel’s mother. Before their humble small business beginnings, Peryea moved to Plattsburgh, a transplant from Malone, to attend Clinton Community College. After graduating, he worked at the Sherwin Williams paint store and eventually read more


Growing Home

May, 2016

Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest was born and raised in Kansas, earned a Bachelor’s degree cum laude from Adolphus College, worked in Human Resources, was a writer in residence in the Seattle school system, and has written and produced plays in Minneapolis, Seattle and now in Plattsburgh. Chris Rosenquest was born in New York and raised in the read more


Living the Dream

May, 2016

Many have pondered the age old question of whether a dream delayed is a dream denied. In Matt Ray’s case, his lifelong dream, had been to create a brewery that he could call his very own. Entering his eleventh year as owner, restaurateur and now brewer at Livingoods Restaurant and Brewery in Peru, New York read more


New York State’s Overdependence on Property Taxes

May, 2016

VI. What Can Local Municipalities Do to Reduce Property Taxes? A. Embrace the Concept of Depreciation Convenient as it may be to blame the financial problems of municipalities on the state the reality is that municipalities contribute to many of their own problems. One of the major problems that municipalities face is their failure to read more