Category: Amsterdam

Bacon: Key Phrase

From the Recorder article: “Our attorney is contacting them to advise that they are in breach of contract,” he said. School District Attorney William H. Mycek said the district would be assessing the damages and would sue the WPHO if needed to recover them. [snip]...

Tea Leaves: Reading the Future on Bacon

Here is how Bacon plays out from reading the tea leaves: 1) The selling price will ultimately be significantly less than $460K 2) The intended use of the building will be a net negative for the immediate neighborhood 3) Given 1) and 2), a public...

Let’s Thank the Naysayers

From the Times Union: Could such a project succeed in the Capital Region? Would people here embrace living in formerly industrial space? Would anyone pay top dollar to live in a section of Cohoes that offers few residential comforts? With Harmony Mills near full occupancy since...

Flippin’ Bait

I think Charlie may be trying to bait me with this post on equalization rates so I’ll bite . Here is the salient piece: No tax increase is ever a good tax increase, but at least city residents won’t get a hard of a kick...

Simply Sad

Imagine this: An August auction of Amsterdam property has left its mark on the 2011 tentative assessment roll, which was recently completed and filed by City Assessor Calvin Cline. Of the 134 parcels sold in the auction, more than $1.4 million went back on the...

Appalling

From the Daily Gazette: A presentation on a landfill proposal ended abruptly Tuesday when an Amsterdam councilman said continued proposals could lead to an “upheaval” in the city “like something that happened to an Arizona congresswoman.” Amsterdam Material Recycling president Robert Noel left the Common...

Kickstand

While my previous post focused on open questions concerning the business plan side of the C&D landfill, I left out what I consider the most disconcerting part of the entire proposal — the incentives and disincentives toward local policy on development and viability. I’ve long...

O Risk, Where Art Thou?

I’m intrigued by the ongoing back-and-forth on the C&D landfill as a demonstration on how complex issues get framed and how the ensuing debate unfolds. The key assertion in the debate is that the C&D landfill will without doubt generate positive revenue with absolutely zero...

Letter, Man

Based upon this exchange on the Venner Vox, I think you should expect a ‘Dear Charlie’ letter here quite soon. Apparently, my sage advice to Mr Weaver is being ignored yet again.