Flippin' Amsterdam Blog

Magic Numbers and Move Along

Somehow percentages starting with 8% and 9% are all the rage of late  (from story here): The council have approved the initial project list but have yet to allocate funding for the list as well as several recently added requests. The list includes about $4...

Collective Yawn on 300 Guy Park

Tomorrow, January 26th, is the date for the public hearing on the sale of the former Walter Elwood Museum on 300 Guy Park Ave. From what I can glean, the building has an offer of $80K from a developer who plans on a proposed use...

Sunday Tea Leaves

Local Restaurateur Tony Centi garners some well earned recognition (here). The Recorder opines on the AIDA board shakeup(here). The political tea leaves are easy to read on this one. A second op-ed on the capital campaign for the Mohawks (here).  Here is what I find...

GASD School District Aid

Here is a breakdown of the impact on GASD School District Aid from the proposed Executive Budget: Overall change in State Aid is down $565K excluding Building and Building Incentives. If you include Building and Building Incentives, then aid to GASD falls $1.0 million. Using...

Lancelot’s Links 01.22.2010

I think the story is the Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance. I’m not diggin’ the decision in terms of impact on campaign finance and the amplification of money into the political process : Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Finance (here) Jonathan Turley Analyzes the...

Reflections on 9%

I’m somewhat baffled at some of the reactions to the proposed 9% sales tax rate for Montgomery County. Do we really think that a viable option is to simply not fund mandated programs? I think the term ‘mandate’ has a very specific meaning; we can’t...