Last winter, Saturday Night Live singled out the city of Plattsburgh in a skit about then-Governor David Paterson.
“Well, I’m going to do a farewell tour of upstate New York, hell-holes like Plattsburgh,” declared the actor portraying Paterson.
“I’m going to go speak at their town halls or whatever abandoned Shoney’s they huddle in. I’m going to give those rock eater something to cheer about. Those freaks love me up there.”
Ouch. Speedy Arnold down in Keesville was so irritated, that he made a song about it, going so far as to call Derek Jeter a “rock eater.”
And now, in a column in the New York Daily News, writer Kevin Williamson singles out Plattsburgh as one of New York state’s “nowhereville places.”
As in the case of SNL’s barb, Plattsburgh is sort of an innocent bystander in Williamson’s argument.
He is trying to make a point about New York City faring poorly in the state budget, compared with other communities.
But why the heck do people keep singling out Plattsburgh for this kind of slam?
North Country folks know this is nonsense.
Plattsburgh is a fascinating community, with a rich history, a cool location at the pivot point between Lake Champlain and Quebec, and an increasingly vibrant economy.
Unlike some parts of Upstate New York, the city is actually growing, having rebounded from closure of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base.
I don’t want to sound defensive by protesting too much, but really, what’s the deal?
If downstaters really feel the need to pick on an Upstate community, they should sling mud at someone else next time.