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Hydrant Flushing

May 27th, 2016

The first week of a four-week water main flushing program by the Department of Public Works begins Monday, June 6, 2016 through Friday, June 10, 2016, between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Water will be temporarily disturbed due to the flushing. Avoid laundering during this period.

After flushing is complete, you may encounter discolored or dirty water. This condition is disturbing but will dissipate if you turn on your cold water through all interior faucets for awhile and flush out the discolored water.

The flushing schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 6– Area 1

Ellsworth St., Frances St., Crescent Ave., Clizbe Ave. between City line and Northern Blvd., Hewitt St., Northern Blvd., Austin St., Rockton St., Finlay St., Wilbur St., Locust Ave. between Clizbe Ave. and Lyon St., Lindsay St., Smyrna St., Lyon St.

Tuesday, June 7– Area 2

Clizbe Ave. between Northern Blvd. And Woodrow Rd., First St., Second St., Sloane Ave., Clark Ave., Fourth St., Third St., Forest Ave. between Lyon St. and Fourth St., Woodridge Rd., Wilton Rd., Woodrow Rd., Woodrow Loop, Sanford Ave. between Law Pl. and Forest Ave., McCleary Ave. between Sloane Ave. and Law Pl., McNeir Ave. between Sloane Ave. and Law Pl., Cochrane Ave. between Sloane Ave. and Law Pl., Smith Ave. between Sloane Ave. and Law Pl. and Devendorf St.

Wednesday, June 8– Area 3

Clizbe Ave. between Woodrow Rd. and Regina Ln., Stella Ln., Peter Ln., Jonathan Ln., Bylina Ln., Regina Ln., Village Lane North, Village Lane East, Village Lane West, Sanford Ave. between Law Pl. and Clizbe Ave., McCleary Ave. from Law Pl. to Sanford Ave., McNeir Ave. from Law Pl. to Sanford Ave., Smith Ave. from Law Pl. to Sanford Ave. and Cochrane Ave. between Law Pl. and Sanford Ave., Law Pl., Charles Lane

Thursday June 9 – Area 4

Clizbe Ave. between Regina Ln. and Church St., Virginia Ln., Church Street between Clizbe Ave. and Edson St., Crouse St., Hawk St., Vrooman Ave. between Edson St. and Crane St., Wren St., Brice St., Van St., Julia St., Lodge St., Catherine St., Gorski St., Crane St., Lenox St., Chopin Pkwy., Conrad Pl., Kopernik Blvd., Young Ave.

Friday June 10 – Area 5

Forest Ave. between Fourth St. and Church St., Bigelow Ave., Locust Ave. between Van Derveer St. and Prospect St., Harding Rd., McKinley Ave., Harrison Ave., Garfield Pl., Roosevelt Rd., Park St., Grand St., Milton Ave., Fourth Ave., Third Ave., Van Derveer St., Belmont Pl., Merrill Ave., Willow St., Second Ave., First Ave., Taft Pl., Hayes Pl.

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Garbage Pick Up – week of May 30, 2016

May 24th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Department of Public Works announces that Monday, May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day) is a holiday for the Department of Public Works’ employees.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN GARBAGE PICKUP:

Garbage normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday, May 31st. Garbage normally collected on Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday, April 1st along with the regular collection on Wednesday.

The remainder of the week stays the same.

THERE WILL BE NO BULK ITEM PICKUP OR RECYCLING FOR THIS WEEK.

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FREE BULK ITEM DROP OFF 2016

May 17th, 2016

June 20, 2016 – June 25, 2016

A FREE Bulk Item Drop-off at AMSTERDAM TRANSFER STATION LOCATED ON RT. 5S (FORMERLY MOSA) is scheduled for the week of June 20, 2016 to June 25, 2016. Homeowners and renters only, within the municipal boundaries of the City of Amsterdam will be entitled to drop off bulk items and electronics at no cost at the AMSTERDAM TRANSFER STATION LOCATED ON RT. 5S (FORMERLY MOSA) Transfer Station during cleanup week. NO COMMERCIAL USERS OR CONTRACTORS WILL BE ALLOWED TO DROP OFF ANY ITEMS. NO DUMP TRUCKS, FLATBEDS, BOX TRUCKS OR COMMERICAL TRAILERS WILL BE ALLOWED.

The AMSTERDAM TRANSFER STATION LOCATED ON RT. 5S (FORMERLY MOSA) transfer station will be open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The transfer station is closed on Sunday.

Proof of residence must be presented to the attendant at the time of drop off in the form of a valid NYS driver’s license or City of Amsterdam tax bill (NO EXCEPTIONS). All loads going to the AMSTERDAM TRANSFER STATION LOCATED ON RT. 5S (FORMERLY MOSA) facility must be covered upon arrival.

All white goods (bulk items/scrap metal) will be accepted at the Amsterdam DPW 4th Avenue site, located on Fourth Avenue & Belmont Place, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Homeowners and renters will be responsible for providing the attendants with proof of City of Amsterdam residency and certification that refrigerants have been removed from refrigerators, air conditioners and freezers.

NO items containing refrigerants will be accepted without proper certification from a NYS certified technician stating that the refrigerant has been removed in accordance with all applicable NYS Department of Environmental Conservation laws, rules and regulations.

The following is a list of Certified Contractors:

 JOE’S REFRIGERATION – 22 Tremont Avenue – 842-3164
 LOU’S HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING – 227 St. Hwy. 67, Amsterdam – 842-6372

The following items are NOT included in the Bulk Item Drop-off:

 NO RECYCLING MATERIALS (PAPER, CARDBOARD OR COMMINGLED)
 CONSTRUCTION DEMOLITION DEBRIS
 TIRES
 BATTERIES
 PAINT
 HAZARDOUS MATERIAL
 ROOFING MATERIALS
 PROPANE TANKS

If you have any questions concerning the FREE Bulk Item Drop-off at AMSTERDAM TRANSFER STATION LOCATED ON RT. 5S (FORMERLY MOSA), please call 842-3691, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Water Shut Down – Florida Avenue 5/10/16

May 5th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to a water valve repair on Florida Avenue there will be a water shutdown, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Streets with no water will be Florida Avenue from Broadway to Mudge Hollow and Daniel Street from Florida Avenue to City Line. RESIDENTS IN THIS AREA WILL ALSO NEED TO BOIL THEIR WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE ONCE THE WATER IS TURNED ON.

Residents within the surrounding areas may also experience low water pressure or dirty water during this time. THERE WILL BE NO BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR THOSE AREAS.

ALSO NOTE: Florida Avenue will be closed at Broadway heading west.

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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Water Shut Down

April 27th, 2016

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to a water valve repair on Bunn Street there will be a water shutdown, Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Streets with no water will be Storrie Street from Market Street to Chestnut Street; Bunn Street from Market Street to Thomas Street and Market Street from Trinity Place to Prospect Street. RESIDENTS IN THIS AREA WILL ALSO NEED TO BOIL THEIR WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE ONCE THE WATER IS TURNED ON.

Residents within the surrounding areas may also experience low water pressure or dirty water during this time. THERE WILL BE NO BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR THIS AREA.

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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MAYOR’S BUDGET MESSAGE

April 6th, 2016

It is a privilege to present my first annual budget (proposed) to the City of Amsterdam Common Council and citizens.

In order to limit the increase in taxes and user fees some difficult decisions had to be made.

As many of you are aware we are making tremendous progress within the Controller’s Office as our outside accounting firm has been closely working with the Controller and his staff.

This budget maintains the quality of services our community needs and has come to expect. Everything from public safety to infrastructure to blight, we have tried to address all areas in this our first 100 days.  I believe this budget is crafted to be fair while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

The property tax levy is under the state mandated cap coming in at less than 1% or .13 cents per thousand of assessed value.

Areas of Concern

Police salaries have risen $249,000.00 for the fiscal year 2016-2017, necessitating the proposed cut to the Deputy Chief position as well as an additional dispatcher.  These cuts are necessary to implement a long range plan that will increase public safety services while being financially sound.

Proposed sales tax reduction of some $200,000 mostly contributed by the reduction in gasoline prices.  Our projection for Sales Tax Revenues was decreased by $200,000.00 in this budget in light of the recent decline in gasoline prices which help to support our Sales Tax Revenues.

Transportation fund will operate at a deficit, and we are currently exploring all options to alleviate this while at the same time attempting to maintain necessary services.

Solutions

Employee Benefits down 76K

The rate decrease in the sewer fund is counter balanced by the water fund rate change.  This allows the city to profit from its water sale and utilizes those funds to reduce the city property tax burden.

We will continue to move forward with the solar energy projects that began under the previous administration that are projected to save the City hundreds of thousands of dollars over the long term on our energy costs.

This administration will continue to look for areas of consolidation and savings.  I believe we have put together a budget that not only is within the tax cap, but provides all the essential services to our residents.  I would like to personally thank our controller for all his help and the dedication he has shown in assisting me with crafting my first budget.

I submit this 2016/2017 proposed budget to the Common Council with the hope that they remain sensitive to the needs of our city.

Respectfully,

Michael J. Villa

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Garbage Pickup Week of March 21, 2016

March 17th, 2016

PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE IN GARBAGE PICKUP ON FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016 (GOOD FRIDAY). GARBAGE WILL BE COLLECTED AS NORMAL.

THERE WILL ALSO BE NO CHANGE IN BUILK PICKUP OR RECYCLING PICKUP ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016. RECYCLING WILL BE COLLECTED ON THE WEST SIDE OF ROUTE 30 NORTH AND THE SOUTHSIDE.

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Boil Water Advisory Lifted

March 10th, 2016

The City of Amsterdam announces that the boil water advisory on Division Street from Caroline Street from Yeoman Street and Caroline Street from Guy Park Avenue to Division Street has been lifted. All bacteria testing has been completed and results are satisfactory. You do not need to continue to boil your water.

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY -DIVISION ST.

March 8th, 2016

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to water utility work on Division Street that was done today, March 8, 2016. Residents on Division Street from Caroline Street from Yeoman Street and Caroline Street from Guy Park Avenue to Division Street WILL NEED TO BOIL YOUR WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. BRING YOUR WATER TO A ROLLING BOIL AND BOIL FOR 1 MINUTE.

If you should have any questions about this boil water advisory, please call the Engineering Department at 518-841-4301.

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Civil Service Exam

February 29th, 2016

Notice of Examination

The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission has announced the following upcoming exams to be held in Amsterdam:

Senior Key Board Specialist being held April 2, 2016 with the last filing date of March 17, 2016. The fee to apply is $10.00.

Foreman – Streets being held May 14, 2016 with the last filing date of April 4, 2016. The fee to apply is $15.00

Applications are being accepted in the Civil Service Department of City Hall 3rd Floor.

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