Tagged: amsterdam ny


800 Pound Blogs

A giant hat-tip to Charlie Kraebel for multiplying my blog hits (holy moley indeed!)  after linking to the post on Spring in Amsterdam. Just wanted to point out that the meme of ‘no one reads blogs’ or ‘no one reads the Venner Vox’ does not...


Breaking: Warm Weather Roils Upstate City

Amsterdam, NY (March 1, 2011) — In the upstate city of Amsterdam, NY , the sunshine and warmth of a spring-like day brought unwelcome news to local residents — the imminent arrival of Spring. Unlike most communities eagerly awaiting the spring thaw and slow rise in temperatures, residents of Amsterdam look upon the change of seasons and their celebrants with a leery and distrustful eye.
“I’m totally opposed to spring”, longtime resident Kim Flanders remarked recently. “I do not see why Amsterdam needs spring. It’s wholly unnecessary”.


Let's Thank the Naysayers

From the Times Union: Could such a project succeed in the Capital Region? Would people here embrace living in formerly industrial space? Would anyone pay top dollar to live in a section of Cohoes that offers few residential comforts? With Harmony Mills near full occupancy since...


Small City

In reading the turn of events on the WPHO and their future in the city, I want to layout a few facts and then draw some conclusions or at least some observations: What The Hell are you Doing Here (WTHAYDH)  and other demagogues— I think...


Mythology 12010

The most pervasive and recurring myth locally is that if we could only consolidate — whether it’s the county or the school or anything really– we would be more efficient in running our government and hence our tax rates would be so much lower. It...


Bringing industry back

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that conditions deteriorated in November for New York State manufacturers. For the first time since mid-2009, the general business conditions index fell below zero, declining 27 points to -11.1. The new orders index plummeted 37 points to -24.4, and...


Gone Baby Gone

Things look quite bleak for the city given the minimum 10% county tax increase with an albeit now remote upside potential of 21.6%. Back in June, the following was asserted in a Recorder editorial on the city’s 3% tax cap: Our tax rate is already...


Because I Say So

No better example of the sorry state of political discourse than this Letter to the Editor from ex-mayor Mario Villa in today’s Recorder.  How this letter can be titled” Some facts that voters need to be aware of” when the “facts” cited are readily disproven within...