“It’s kind of amazing to sit back and take stock of what we used to dream about, and then see what has actually come to fruition,” he said.
The mayor said one of his priorities will be to try to bring about cohesion between what has long been two distinct parts of the village — so-called Upstreet, the U.S. Route 20 corridor, and Downstreet, the nucleus of the village where the American Hotel and trendy shops are located.
He noted that it was with irony he stumbled into documents left behind by an organization that in 1950 held brainstorming meetings on how to bring about that same “cohesion” between the two sections of the village.
“The lower part of the village gets a lot more attention,” he noted, “ and so we want to make sure the folks up on Route 20 get their due and recognition. It is a vital part of this village.”
Plummer said that while he recognizes that the efforts to fully rejuvenate the village — a popular upstate tourism destination in the 19th and early 20th centuries — will face obstacles, he sees nothing that can’t be overcome.
“I can’t think of anything off hand that is so daunting we couldn’t handle it,” he said. “It all takes money and it all takes time.”