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Amsterdam Farmers’ Market

July 28th, 2014

SATURDAYS 10:00am – 2:00pm from AUGUST 2nd to OCTOBER 4th located at 100 Church Street by the Walter Elwood Museum.

Click here for more information about the market and how to become a vendor.

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Ordinance 2014-7 – Amending Streets and Sidewalks

July 24th, 2014

The following ordinance was adopted by the Common Council on July 1, 2014.  Mayor Thane vetoed the ordinance and the Council overrode her veto by a vote of 4-1 on July 23, 2014.  Ordinance becomes law effective 7/23/14.

 

ORDINANCE NUMBER- 2014- I, adopted becomes Ordinance Number 2014-7

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER §206-STREEETS AND SIDEWALKS

 BY:        ALDERWOMAN HATZENBUHLER

 Legislative intent:  Playing basketball on or near city streets present a traffic hazard and the City desires to prohibit the use, construction, maintenance of basketball equipment whether movable or immovable on city streets and sidewalks and to prohibit the positioning of basketball equipment in such a way that play will occur on city streets or sidewalks.

 ORDAIN AND ENACT as follows: (added material is underlined)

 Chapter 206 of the Code of the City of Amsterdam is hereby amended by adding the following:

Article XIII – Basketball Prohibited on Streets and Sidewalks

 206-50  Use, construction or maintenance of basketball equipment on city streets and sidewalks.

  1.  The use, construction and/or maintenance of basketball equipment whether moveable or immovable on city streets or sidewalks is prohibited.  In addition, the construction and/or maintenance of basketball equipment whether moveable or immovable, on private property, which is positioned in such a manner that in order to use such equipment play must be conducted on city streets or sidewalks is also prohibited.
  2. Definitions:  For the purpose of this section basketball equipment is any basket, hoop, net, board or any other device elevated from the ground used as a target toward which a ball or any other projectile device is thrown, where such equipment is permanently attached to the ground or is moveable by any means.

    206-52   Violations of this ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of up to $250.

    207-52  Any basketball equipment located on any city street or sidewalk may be removed immediately by city workers.  Any such removed equipment may be recovered by the owner thereof within 14 days after paying a charge of $50.  If the equipment is not recovered by the owner within 14 days, the equipment shall become the property of the City of Amsterdam.

    This Ordinance shall take effect pursuant to Section 33 of the Charter.

    ORDINANCE ADOPTED.  Alderwoman Beekman voted nay.

     

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City of Amsterdam Homeowners please take notice

July 22nd, 2014

NOTICE TO THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM HOMEOWNERS

             Due to recent hail damage to property the City of Amsterdam wishes to provide some safety advice to our homeowners.

There are numerous construction companies going door to door soliciting.  As of today, only two companies has been approved for door to door solicitation through the City Clerk’s office – Ronco Construction and Aspen Construction.  If a company does come to your door ask them to see credentials from the City of Amsterdam.  If they do not have credentials, we suggest you ask them to leave and contact the City Clerk’s office at 841-4313 or the Amsterdam Police Department at 842-1100.

The City Codes and Building Department would like to offer the following:

  1.  Contact your insurance company to determine coverage if you have not done so already
  2. Get at least 2 or 3 estimates if possible
  3. Check the construction company’s credentials.  There are many local reputable contractors.
  4. A roof permit is required before any work can begun.  Contact the City Building Department at 841-4319

 

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Parvo Vaccination Clinic for dog

July 9th, 2014

Due to an increased number of canine parvovirus cases in the city of Amsterdam, we will be hosting a PARVO VACCINATION CLINIC ONLY for city residents on Tuesday JULY 22nd from 630-730 pm at Lynch bus garage. The cost of the vaccination is $10 per dog. Anyone having a dog under the age of 18 months is strongly encouraged to bring their dog as dogs under that age are mo…re susceptible to the virus. Puppies under 4 months of age should be carried if possible to reduce risk of infection. Canine Parvovirus is one of the most common and severe gastrointestinal diseases that a dog can get. Parvo is transmitted thru feces and saliva of an infected dog. Symptoms of parvo are Lack of appetite – Lethargy or listlessness – Vomiting – Fever – Abdominal distention (pot belly) or discomfort – Signs of dehydration (pale gums) – Bloody diarrhea – Profuse diarrhea. Vaccination begins at 6 to 8 weeks with booster shots every 3 to 4 weeks after that until the dog is 16 to 18 weeks old. After that annual boosters and 3 year boosters will maintain immunity. Parvo is 80% fatal and 96% preventable.

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CITY HOMEOWNERS – ROOFING REPAIRS

June 6th, 2014

NOTICE TO THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM HOMEOWNERS

             Due to recent hail damage to property the City of Amsterdam wishes to provide some safety advice to our homeowners. 

There are numerous construction companies going door to door soliciting.  As of today, only one company has been approved for door to door solicitation through the City Clerk’s office – Ronco Construction.  If a company does come to your door ask them to see credentials from the City of Amsterdam.  If they do not have credentials, we suggest you ask them to leave and contact the City Clerk’s office at 841-4313 or the Amsterdam Police Department at 842-1100. 

             The City Codes and Building Department would like to offer the following: 

  1.  Contact your insurance company to determine coverage if you have not done so already

  2. Get at least 2 or 3 estimates if possible
  3. Check the construction company’s credentials.  There are many local reputable contractors.
  4. A roof permit is required before any work can begun.  Contact the City Building Department at 841-4319

 

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Notice of Relevy of Fees

May 29th, 2014

 

“Please take notice that any delinquent City of Amsterdam 2012-2013 Sanitation, Sewer, Water and Metered Sewer/Water fees, payable to the City of Amsterdam, that remain unpaid as of June 20, 2014 (Postmark June 13, 2014, mailed ONLY to 61 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010), will be relevied and become an addition to the 2014-2015 City tax bill to be issued in July 2014. For exact amounts due, please contact the City’s tax collection department at 841-4309, 841-4320 or 841-4324.”

 

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City of Amsterdam Mayor Ann M. Thane has been elected President of the New York Conference of Mayors

May 5th, 2014
Mayor Ann Thane

Mayor Ann Thane

City of Amsterdam Mayor Ann M. Thane has been elected President of the New York Conference of Mayors. She is the first female city mayor from Montgomery County in NYCOM’s 105 years to be elected president of the group. Her appointment is for one year. Her induction will take place at NYCOM’s Annual Meeting on Monday, May 5th at the Gideon Putman Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY. Congressman Paul Tonko will administer the oath of office at the swearing in ceremony.

Mayor Thane is in her second term and seventh year in office. Prior to her taking the reins of city operations, she held the position of Director of the Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley for seven years. Earlier in life, Mayor Thane worked for twenty years as a graphic artist in the greater Capital District. She is also an Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commissioner, a member of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council Executive Board, and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner.

NYCOM represents 582 cities and villages in NY, populated by over 11 million residents, ranging from the smallest village to New York City.

NYCOM’s mission is the same today as it was when it was founded in 1910 - to give municipal officials a way to improve local government by facilitating cooperation, the exchange of information and ideas on best practices, and the discussion of new solutions to common municipal problems.

Then, as now, NYCOM’s mission is to serve as:

  • A powerful advocate for city and village governments and their taxpayers before the state’s legislative, executive and judicial branches of government;
  • A readily accessible source of practical information touching upon every area of municipal activity; and
  • The preeminent provider of training for local government officials. Through membership in NYCOM, New York’s cities and villages are better able to provide essential services in the most cost effective manner.
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Mayor Announces Community Development Block Grant Award

May 5th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE
May 2, 2014

Mayor Announces Community Development Block Grant Award

The City of Amsterdam has received HUD Community Development Block Grant Award through the New York State Office of Community Renewal.  This grant, in the amount of $400,000, will be utilized to fund a neighborhood revitalization and housing rehabilitation program in a targeted area bounded by Cornell Street on the West, Hibbard Street on the North,  James Street on the East and Bell and Norris Streets on the South. This program will be a continuation of a housing rehabilitation program that has been operating just to the north of this new target area.

The program will provide grants of up to $25,000 per dwelling unit to rehabilitate income qualified owner occupied homes in the target area, and up to $12,500 per unit for owners of rental property.   Qualified owner occupants will be eligible for grants of up to 100% of the cost of rehabilitating their homes, whereas rental property owners will be required to fund 50% of the repair costs.  The goals of the program are to eliminate code violations and unsafe housing conditions; eliminate blight; assist elderly, disabled, and low income homeowners; improve energy efficiency of homes; improve the appearance of the neighborhood; stimulate private investment; and keep properties in sound condition and on the city tax rolls.

The program will start up in the summer of 2014, and will be administered through the Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency.  Interested property owners should contact the Urban Renewal Agency at 843-5190 or amst.ura@gmail.com.

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Community Development Block Grant

May 5th, 2014

Mayor Announces Community Development Block Grant Award

The City of Amsterdam has received HUD Community Development Block Grant Award through the New York State Office of Community Renewal.  This grant, in the amount of $400,000, will be utilized to fund a neighborhood revitalization and housing rehabilitation program in a targeted area bounded by Cornell Street on the West, Hibbard Street on the North,  James Street on the East and Bell and Norris Streets on the South. This program will be a continuation of a housing rehabilitation program that has been operating just to the north of this new target area.

The program will provide grants of up to $25,000 per dwelling unit to rehabilitate income qualified owner occupied homes in the target area, and up to $12,500 per unit for owners of rental property.   Qualified owner occupants will be eligible for grants of up to 100% of the cost of rehabilitating their homes, whereas rental property owners will be required to fund 50% of the repair costs.  The goals of the program are to eliminate code violations and unsafe housing conditions; eliminate blight; assist elderly, disabled, and low income homeowners; improve energy efficiency of homes; improve the appearance of the neighborhood; stimulate private investment; and keep properties in sound condition and on the city tax rolls.

The program will start up in the summer of 2014, and will be administered through the Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency.  Interested property owners should contact the Urban Renewal Agency at 843-5190 or amst.ura@gmail.com.

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FMCC Student Bus Transportation

April 25th, 2014

Attention: FMCC Students

As of May 27, 2014 The City of Amsterdam Transit

System will NO LONGER be providing service to

FMCC.

Student Passes will NOT be honored after May

27, 2014.

Thank you for your past patronage.

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