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A Tale of Two Developers

It was interesting to hear about how the Key Bank building is going to be converted into a mixed use building. From the Recorder: The former KeyBank building at 29 East Main St. is proposed to be renovated by Cranesville Properties, LLC. Joseph Tesiero, property...

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Lessons From Troy, NY for Amsterdam, NY

I found this first-person account of moving to Troy compelling for its parallels to here (Troy’s Magnetic Appeal ): On my first visit, I gaped in awe at the magnificent Victorian architecture along the Hudson River: triangle-shaped office buildings, marble banks, ornately adorned retail shops, old-world...

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City Residents Eagerly Embrace Next Controversy

Amsterdam, NY (June 23, 2015) — With the completion of new pedestrian bridge drawing nearer and the roiling debate on its construction subsiding, city residents were increasingly concerned at the prospect of nothing against which to rail and gripe in the coming months and years....

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The Negative Fund Balance No One Talks About

The Golf Course (What Amsterdam residents need to know about the city’s “negative fund balance”): A few of the city’s funds were negative, however. The Golf Course fund was negative $26,205, and the Transportation Fund was negative $347,344. These balances are problematic. I understand this...

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The City of Amsterdam: FUBAR

I really try to be reasoned, measured, tempered with what I write. I try to be optimistic and hopeful. I try to be positive. But then, I read this and start to question if I am merely delusional — sitting on the Titanic and believing,...

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The Protection Racket

I found this story on tax exemptions for veterans a nice case study in the local politics centered on the mantra of “protecting seniors”. Board hears from veterans on tax exemption proposal In short, providing an exemption to veterans will raise taxes on everyone else,...

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Santa Sports New Look This Christmas

North Pole (December 12,2014) — For kids and parents lucky enough to spot St Nick before he shimmies up the chimney, they just might be surprised at what Santa is wearing this year. Tired of being labeled ‘fat and jolly’, Santa delivered himself P90X, a...