Flippin' Amsterdam Blog

The Alchemists

What is truly spectacular in the 12010 is how we expect to flourish as a city while merely mining the same worn, disproven, tired, — and I could go on — arguments. Literally, we expect to create gold from the basest of mindsets. We love...

City Nixes Construction of Apple Store

Amsterdam, NY (Apr 1,2012) — Faced with lack of support from local government and business leaders, Apple will no longer pursue plans to build a state-of-the-art Apple Store on 1-11 Bridge Street. Citing concern with local seniors still struggling with the transition to Microsoft Windows...

As I Say

It’s a bit tiring to point out the obvious hypocrisy day-in-day-out but sometimes you just have to. Today’s installment centers on the outcry from the Board of Supervisors at the tax rate increase in the City of Amsterdam and its impact on the local economy....

Bacon and KoolAid: Financials

Just so I’m following the local narratives: you espouse outrage at the GASD tax increase and its attendant impacts on the elderly with their fixed incomes yet you railed against the sale of Bacon  school with full knowledge that the proceeds from the sale are...

Kabuki

And the farce of a parody of a myth of a fantasy performed as kabuki , aka “shared services”, lumbers along:  Alderwomen Julie Pierce and Gina DeRossi of the 2nd and 3rd Wards, respectively, are co-chairs of the city’s Shared Services Committee, though they have...

Bacon and Kool-Aid : The False Choice Edition

I’m surprised that people are surprised that the GASD now recommends moving the administrative offices from the Central Administration Building (CAB) to Bacon. How can this be, one may reasonably ask? Let me explain. At the time of the closure decision, members of the community...

Hard Time

If the garage sale ordinance gets passed, I have no intention of honoring it even though it may result in my imprisonment (yes, violating the garage sale ordinance may get you 15 days in prison). I just know that when I’m doing hard time in...

Bacon and KoolAid and Junk Food

Inevitable, apparently, to always blog about Bacon but I’m forever hopeful that this saga will end, hopefully, quite soon. As the story seems to be nearing its epilogue, I thought I may get a bit of a jump start on penning that portion of the...

Dictator

Of the many memes circulated in the 12010, the ‘dictator’ meme is especially prevalent and pernicious as a charge against Mayor Thane. Leading this chorus is local blogger Jerry Skrocki:  Ann Thane needs to realize that she is paid to represent all the PEOPLE, not...

Two-fer

Here’s some awesome news for the demolitionists and our frightened elderly:  Some of the properties the WPHO is selling had been on the demolition list before the August auction. With about 30 city-owned properties set to be demolished this year using funding bonded for the demolition effort,...