Tagged: amsterdam common council

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Quote du jour

Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones. — Benjamin Disraeli In the spirit of this sentiment, I’m holding off commentary on Bacon school as it would be most unkind, rather lengthy and, most importantly for me, ¬†bereft of amusement. The...

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Weeks in Review

A few thoughts kicking around on some issues: — County Budget: all I can say is how do you share services with an entity radically shedding services. If shared services was the mantra and “solution” for lowering city ¬†taxes, then it’s more than clear that...

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Tuesday Roundup

City Budget (from story here) –once again, the political will to execute your goals fails as a housing inspector position is eliminated. So you can run on a campaign touting your tough stance on tough code enforcement and then decide you do not need to...

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Like a Baby Treats a Diaper

One of my favorite Normisms from Cheers: Bartender: “Hey Norm, how’s the world been treating you?” Norm: “Like a baby treats a diaper.” I think this captures the essence of the predominant attitude toward the city’s history, architecture and sense of self. How else do...

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Muni Redux

I posted a while back on how the governance and transparency at Muni needs radical changes (here). Let me be clear: Muni remains a key asset for the city and needs to be preserved as a viable entity. At the same time, the lack of...

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Asset (Mis)Management

Time and time again, the very people entrusted with managing and enhancing the public assets of the city fail to serve the community’s interest. The recent decision on the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course, “Muni”, illustrates the key elements at play. First: the failure to focus...

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Crunching the Numbers on Assessments: Part 1

Disclaimer: The charts and graphs are for illustrative purposes only and do not represent the actual or projected assessment rates, tax rates or distributions for the City of Amsterdam. I posted a while ago about the state of assessments in the City of Amsterdam. I...

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An Assessment Fiasco

This article on the state of assessments in Amsterdam is truly shocking (from Capital News 9). The salient points are: “I still didn’t come up with the numbers that wouldn’t put the city in jeopardy and that’s something I don’t have the right to do,”...