It Took a Village: Restoring the Old Stone Barracks

April, 2016

The Old Stone Barracks on Ohio Avenue in Plattsburgh, NY was built during a decade that saw second-term President Andrew Jackson retire the national debt, the Alamo fall under siege and the Underground Railroad take hold. Originally designed as housing for an expanding U.S. Army, stonework began on the building in the late 1830’s, but read more


April 2016

April, 2016

It’s spring and this is the time of year when thoughts turn to building, remodeling and new home buying, and to celebrate that each year Strictly Business dedicates its April issue to all things construction-related. Here is this month’s lineup. Our cover feature is the feel-good story about the redevelopment of the Old Stone Barracks read more


Business Community Expresses Optimism and Priorities for 2016

March, 2016

The North Country Chamber recently released the results of its Annual Issue Survey, conducted in mid-February and drawing a strong response rate from our 4,200 member businesses surveyed in Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, and northern Warren Counties. A key feature once again was the determination of this year’s Business Confidence Index, a combination of those read more


New York State’s Overdependence on Property Taxes

March, 2016

I. Introduction and Purpose In Robert A. Caro’s The Passage of Power, the multivolume biography of Lyndon Johnson, Caro describes an encounter between an army general and Robert Kennedy. At the time Kennedy was the Attorney General and the brother of the President, John F. Kennedy. The general was explaining to Robert Kennedy why a read more


Always In Style

March, 2016

George Munson came to Plattsburgh fresh out of Austin’s Beauty School in Albany after being recruited by Regis Salon in the first Champlain Center mall (now the Lowe’s/Price Chopper Plaza). The year was 1975. Munson’s plan was to stay in Plattsburgh for a year or two, get some experience and then move on. Now, 41 read more


Go For It!

March, 2016

Mike Recore is a 40-year-old nurse at The University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh. His current position is Patient Case Coordinator. He is also a fire instructor with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, a volunteer fireman with the Morrisonville Fire Department and he coaches boys’ read more


Trust Leads to Success

March, 2016

Although he worked in sales and marketing from the age of 18, Andrew James was always drawn to the creative side of business. “I had a great level of respect for artists and how they create beauty and innovation with their incredible imaginations and hard work,” he explained. James once worked weekends as a make-up read more


Friends & Colleagues

March, 2016

Ask a sampling of baby boomers whether they’ve ever had a female dentist and chances are many will say “No.” Fifteen years ago, only 16 percent of dentists in the United States were women, according to the American Dental Association. Since then, their numbers have climbed at a steady rate, yet by 2015, women still read more


Balancing The Scales

March, 2016

In 1972, the Reform movement of Judaism ordained its first female rabbi, an American, named Sally Priesand. Kari Tuling of Congregation Beth Israel in Plattsburgh, New York is an ordained rabbi in the same movement and gives an update on how times have changed. “The Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion is the seminary read more


Dr. Rowena Ortiz-Walters

March, 2016

BREAKING THE STEREOTYPES Current Position: Dean and Professor of Management, School of Business and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh Hometown: Bridgeport, CT Family: Husband Carl Walters, sons Ethan (11) and Noah (9), daughter Emily (6). Education: BS Chemistry; MBA, University of New Haven; PhD Management, University of Connecticut Community involvement: Advisory boards for the Office of read more