Flippin' Amsterdam Blog

Top 10 Tips for Talking Politics at Thanksgiving Dinner

Here is a handy guide to enjoying your Thanksgiving meal even when friends and family bring up politics and controversial subjects: 10. Global Warming — simply agree that it is totally a hoax. Don’t bore the table with the overwhelming scientific studies and research demonstrating...

Bacon Spoiler Alert

With the discussions swirling around the repurposing of Bacon as administrative offices to the detriment of its repurposing as a rec center, it’s important to note this comment (quotes from Recorder story here): “We need to be very careful we’re not rushing this,” Gray said....

SOS

Here’s a treat for today: You can choose to become informed on the city’s finances and fiscal policy by careful, thoughtful analysis and research by the unfunded, volunteer efforts of TIm Becker here and here. Or, as is wont in our fair city, you can...

Hauntingly Familiar

What strikes me most in JFK’s remarks during his visit to the city in September 1960 is this: I think the President of the United States and the administration and the government and the state government and the city should join together in cleaning our...

Winning Through Consolidation

As consolidation always yields positive outcomes — educationally, financially, and anything-ly really– how all taxpayers are winning with this consolidation seems elusive:  Hart said, “The kids were on board and tried hard for the merger. The teachers were on board, the communities — both communities...

Political Pressure Mounts for Financial Oversight

November 12, 2013 (Amsterdam, NY ) — Local Conservatives and Republicans rallied at a recent meeting to address their growing concerns and frustrations at the lack of financial accountability and transparency in the public’s right-to-know concerning public finances. With a number of Republican victories in...

The Thing That Will Never Ever Happen Happens

As Chalmers taught us, no one will ever pay more than $1000 per month for an apartment in the city. Ridiculous! Who would want a fancy, shmancy apartment with river views for $1000 plus per month.  Ridiculous! We were schooled that $1000 plus apartments in...

Apathy 12010 — Election 2013

After the 2011 local elections, I crunched voter turnout and found this:  Here’s an interesting statistic and trend for our fair city– the plummeting voter turnout. For the 2007 Mayoral Race, the total votes cast were 4495. For the 2011 Mayoral Race, the total votes...

Election 2013, Amsterdam NY

Here’s how I’m voting in upcoming local elections: Controller– Irene Collins . The city financials appear to be in a very sad state. If  the experience and skill sets of the current candidates were financial statements, Irene Collins’ balance sheet is much more compelling. I...