Flippin' Amsterdam Blog

June Meme Watch

Flurry of memes this month. Let’s take a look: Chalmers Project is exactly the same project as 300 Guy Park Ave — aka, how can you support apartments at Chalmers and not apartments at the museum? I’d deconstruct the argument but it would be like...

Et Tu, Shared Services?

I think this speaks for itself (from here): One idea that raised the ire of supervisors was the possibility of the county turning over some of its roads to the individual towns, saving the county the cost of maintenance, but doing so by shifting that...

Parks and Parking Lots

Here are a few extracts from a lengthy handbook from NY State on how to transfer municipal parkland such as is the case at the former museum and may I add, at Bacon School. The bottom line is that the Council cannot just ‘give’ the...

Sunday Sanitarium

A story on expected and large budget cuts at the County level (here): He estimates that if expenses aren’t cut, a tax hike could be as high as 18.5 percent. Worse, DiMezza said the deficit could continue to grow in the following two years. Flippin’...

Heresy

A few tidbits from a few stories of late (here and here): In continued marketing initiatives at the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course, the Golf Commission has struck a deal with another city asset. Flippin’ here. ‘Marketing’! That’s blasphemous, is it not, to consider marketing anything...

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Inspired by today’s editorial here: The GASD has asked the city to transfer the lot to the district, but some city officials said they were hesitant to do so, expressing concerns that it may turn into a parking lot. Whether Petrosino uses the lot for...

Sunday Mind Bend

A lot on mind today so apologies for the long, disjointed post. The Recorder editorial calls out the disconnect on the issue of codes between deeds and demagoguery (here): What happened between the time that Common Council members Gina DeRossi, Joseph Isabel, Richard J. Leggiero,...

Scenarios

A simulation of the BP spill’s trajectory into the Atlantic waters. Oy. http://s.wsj.net/media/swf/main.swf

Buzz Kill

I’m not sure of my tea leaf reading on this but it seems that the Hero/Beech-Nut is not getting much buzz or excitement. I’d think that landing the headquarters of an international company would generate more buzz locally. If a small business shuts down, the...

Nowhere Man

I’m a bit baffled by what “nowhere” means as of late. I’d always understood the term to mean a sense of being lost or not being in a particular place, or in referring to a dialogue that unlikely will attain a conclusion or consensus. But...