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Nice to see some positive and progressive efforts in the city After being granted permission from several downtown property owners, Baranello and her sister, Karin Hetrick, started work to decorate the street’s windows with unique eye-catching scenes. It’s a vision that Mayor Ann Thane has...


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...


Crystal Method — Part 2

Picking up from the school district referendums and the Bacon nightmare saga… In the prior post, I outlined distributions of votes on referendums within the last two years. As institutional memory seems frail , by design or by intent is unclear, let me go back...



From today’s Recorder on conflicts of interest: The Amsterdam committee established four months ago to study the feasibility of relocating City Hall has yet to hold an initial meeting, a process that may be further delayed by potential conflicts of interest. [snip] “I work here,”...


Tax Hike

Proof positive that demolition costs hard dollars and hence raises taxes: Even before the Brookside Avenue property became the city’s unbudgeted expense, the council has debated how much funding to allocate toward demolition. There was an original $200,000 request in the $1 million total capital...



I think my criticism of the board was interpreted as anti-WPHO. That is not my position! To be perfectly clear: I am in support of the sale to the WPHO. I do not want to be associated in any way with the other comments  in...


Excessive Returns

I’m troubled by a few things in today’s Recorder as they discredit certain narratives. First, the city received an $18,000 reimbursement from its municipal insurance. We’ve been told that even a $2,500 expense is excessive and subject to outrage and criticism; given the 7x multiple...


Innovation Fail

If you think that creating a super regional business park represents a groundbreaking achievement in collaboration between counties and of course, the riches that will flow from rubbing the genie lamp of  “shared services”, I have a four letter word for you: MOSA


Anything But Great News

From today’s editorial (here): Last week, the city of Amsterdam announced it was awarded $600,000 in Community Development Block Grant program funding from the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal. It’s great news. [snip] ….  the city’s Common Council hired grant writer Nick Zabawsky...