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Plumbing Board Applications

September 18th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Amsterdam Plumbing Board will be accepting applications for the Plumbing License Examination and a Certificate of Competency through October 8, 2014 to those who qualify.

Requirements: A person desiring or intending to conduct the trade or business of plumbing in the City of Amsterdam, New York, shall be required to submit to an examination before an Examining Board of Plumbers appointed according to law, as to his/her experience and qualifications for such trade, business or calling. He/she must have served at least five (5) years as a journeyman plumber in the employ of a master plumber or in the alternative, must have procured the equal of such experience or qualifications in trade school training. It shall not be lawful for a person to conduct such trade, business or calling unless he/she shall have first obtained a Certificate of Competency from the Examining Board of Plumbers in the City of Amsterdam.

Application forms are available in the City Engineer’s Office, City Hall, 61 Church Street, Amsterdam, New York. If you have any questions, you may call 841-4301. Qualified candidates meeting requirements will be notified as to date of examination.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 12th, 2014

Property owners in the City of Amsterdam who are owner occupants of buildings with 2 – 4 units requesting relief from the fees for water/sewer and garbage for any unused residential units for the 2015/2016 tax year may file a Water/Sewer/Garbage Abatement form with the City Engineer’s office until October 31, 2014. Waterlines must be cut and capped by a licensed plumber or if you are the owner and occupant of a one-or two-family dwelling, you may do the plumbing work yourself. A $50.00 inspection fee per cut unit is due upon filing the Abatement form. The property is then inspected by the City Plumbing Inspector.

Those property owners that request relief from the garbage fee only for the 2015/2016 tax year may file a Garbage Grievance form with the City Engineer’s office until October 31, 2014. Proof of non-use of services for at least a three-month period shall include, but not be limited to: landfill or transfer station permit with load slips and receipts, a valid contract with a private garbage hauler or canceled checks. There is no filing fee for the Garbage Grievance.

All property owners with existing Water/Sewer/Garbage Abatements or Garbage User Charge Waivers will be receiving their Continuation forms in the mail. This form must be completed and returned to the Engineer’s office by October 17, 2014. Failure to re-file the Continuation form will result in forfeiting your abatement.

If you have any questions, you may call our office at 841-4331 or 841-4301.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WATER SHUTDOWN 9/13/14

September 9th, 2014

The City of Amsterdam announced that due to a water valve repair on Edson Street there will be a water shutdown, Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Streets with no water will be from #48 Edson Street to Widow Susan Road; Sam Stratton Road; Dandreano Drive and Wollman Lane. Streets in the vicinity will experience dirty water and/or low water pressure.

After the water is restored, be advised that you may experience discolored or dirty water. This condition will dissipate if you turn on your cold water through all interior faucets for awhile and flush out the discolored water.

If you should have any questions about this shut down, please call the Department of Public Works at 518-842-3691.

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Proposed Charter Revisions

September 4th, 2014

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Mayor & Council

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Water shut down

September 3rd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Amsterdam announced that due to a water valve repair on Edson Street there will be a water shutdown, Thursday, September 4, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.

Streets with no water will be Edson Street from North Mason Avenue to the City Line; Sam Stratton Road; Dandreano Drive and Wollman Lane. Streets in the vicinity will experience dirty water and/or low water pressure.

After the water is restored, be advised that you may experience discolored or dirty water. This condition will dissipate if you turn on your cold water through all interior faucets for awhile and flush out the discolored water.

If you should have any questions about this shut down, please call the Department of Public Works at 518-842-3691.

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August 22nd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to Sewer repair work on Greene Street the following road closure will take place Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. or until complete.

 Green Street between Kimball Street & Wall Street;
 Wall Street between Academy Street & Mechanic Street.

Drivers are asked to take alternate routes during this time, as no traffic will be allowed through.

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August 22nd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Amsterdam announces that milling and paving is scheduled to commence on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Traffic will be prohibited on the following posted streets, during milling and paving operations, beginning Thursday at 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and continuing daily until work is completed., weather permitting.

DATE STREETS LOCATION

Thursday, August 21, 2014 Bell Hill Grove Street to Reid Street

Residents of streets to be paved will be given sufficient prior notice to remove parked vehicles from posted streets. All illegally parked vehicles on posted streets to be paved will be towed at owner’s expense.

Motorists should use extra caution when traveling on streets under construction and take alternate routes if possible.

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HAIL OF A PARTY

August 20th, 2014

Hail of a party sponsored by Ronco construction Saturday August 23rd, 4-10pm east main st. Amsterdam (in front of sharp shooters). Dj, band, food, vendors, and more!

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City of Amsterdam Electrical License Board of Examiners Press Release

August 19th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

The City of Amsterdam Electrical License Board of Examiners will be holding the annual examination for a Class “A” Master Electrician License in mid October. The exam will be based on the 2008 Edition of the National Electrical Code which is currently the referenced standard in                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the New York State Building Code. Applicants may obtain application forms, and copies of the City Electrical Ordinance, from the office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 61 Church St., between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.   Applicants meeting the minimum requirements per Chapter 90, Section 51E of the City Electrical Ordinance must submit their application complete with all required documentation to the City Clerk’s office. Applications will continue to be accepted until 4 p.m. on Friday, August 29th, 2014.

 

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REDEDICATION OF GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC (GAR) PARK

August 18th, 2014

Saturday, August 16th, 2014, Amsterdam City Hall
Remarks of Mayor Ann Thane

GAR Park 5This very hour 150 years ago, Amsterdamians of the 115th New York Volunteer Infantry were assaulting the Confederate trenches at Deep Bottom, Virginia, an action in the climatic close of the Civil War. 47% of them would become casualties.

Sergeant James Readon said: “I think I never saw or heard the firing more rapid or continuous, the bullets passed in and around us like hail.” LieutenantNicholas DeGraff said: “We were mowed down like grass.”

As they were pushed back by superior numbers, they sang “We’ll Rally Around the Flag Boys” in defiance of the rebel yells.

Corporal Seeley Conover saw his brother Sergeant Frank Conover fall and rushed to his side. As he held his dying brother, he was also wounded and captured.

Later, Seeley would write: “I awake in the still hours of the night and thinking of times agone. Will I ever forget them? Ah, no, theyare two deeply graven on my soul as with a pen of iron.”

Nicholas DeGraff returned to Amsterdam to become a beloved local businessman. Every day he would dress in suit and tie and greet those who always addressed him by his military rank.

Seeley Conover returned to establish the second oldest continuously operating business in our City [The Recorder is the first]. He would serve two separate terms as Mayor of Amsterdam. To the end of his life, the bullet lodged in him at Deep Bottom plagued him as he sat on his porch on his Guy Park Avenue home.

In 1925 DeGraff would address a GAR reunion: “Rejoicing with our comrades of other wars in the stability of our government and the happiness of our people, under the favor and blessing of Almighty God, we rest from the great work we did…”

The Amsterdamians who served in the 115th and other units of the Union Army and Navy were the bedrock of our community. They poured their sweat and blood to save the Union and erase the original sin of slavery from our national character. And then they came home to build our community with the same determination. One of the first things they did was to organize themselves into posts of the Grand Army of the Republic, the first American modern veterans organization, the first not limited to just officers and to reject segregated membership.

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Over sixty years ago, the combined veteran organizations of this City came to the Common Council to request the dedication of this park so that the sacrifices of those veterans who had gone before would not be forgotten, as the these heroes of the Civil War inevitably passed on into history. The Common Council with great wisdom concurred and so named this GAR Park.

Today we rededicate it, affirming that original purpose, but also expanding that dedication. We honor and remember the request of the veterans of the 1950s to remember the veterans that proceeded them, and to you modern veterans we pledge no less.
I would like to thank our citizens who helped make this happen:

Commanders, Polish American Veterans and American Legion Post 701, Wally Rogers and Skip Warner,and in particular, Commanders of their Color Guards, Rich Egnaczyk and “Chief” Dennis Rogers, and the representatives of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the successor organization to the Grand Army of the Republic.

I would also like to recognize three City employees who helped make this happen: Tony Leggiero, who refinished the original 1953 dedication plaque, Rob von Hasseln, who arranged for the remounting and this rededication ceremony, and Shane Hoefs, who prepared the site.
Today we not only renew the promise made in 1952 to remember our CivilWar Veterans, we reaffirmour pledge that no Amsterdam veteran will ever be forgotten. Let no one ever forget that the sons and daughters of Amsterdam were ever lacking even onto the last full measure in their support of our nation and its ideals.
Thank you for coming here today to honor our veterans. God Bless them, and the United States of America they suffered and died to preserve.

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