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Change in City of Amsterdam bus runs

September 22nd, 2017

Please be advised:

The Purple and Gold Bus Lines will be closing at 6pm effective September 22, 2017. Last pick ups will be between 5:30pm-6pm

If you have any questions please contact the Amsterdam Transportation Department at 518-843-2831

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Notice of water shutdown for ENTIRE SOUTH SIDE OF AMSTERDAM

September 21st, 2017

The City of Amsterdam/Pareene Contracting announces that due to water work on the Southside there will be a water shutdown, beginning Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, or until complete.

Streets with no water will be: The entire Southside of Amsterdam, from the Mohawk River to the City Line.

Please note: Once the water is restored there will be a boil water advisory in effect until further notice.   

Residents within the surrounding areas may also experience low water pressure or dirty water during this time.

During this time there will also be a road closure on River Street from Bridge Street to Minaville Street and Minaville Street from River Street to Erie Street.

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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Plumbing Exam Applications being accepted

September 21st, 2017

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 20, 2017 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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Exemptions 2017 For the Enhanced STAR and Senior Citizens

September 13th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 12, 2017

 

OFFICE OF MAYOR MICHAEL J. VILLA

TAX EXEMPTION INFORMATION

City of Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa today released important information for city taxpayers, regarding real property tax exemptions.  Included are both new applications and renewal applications for exemptions such as Enhanced STAR and Senior Citizens.

December 1st is the City’s deadline to file either new or renewal applications for any real property tax exemption.  The most common exemptions requiring filing are the Enhanced STAR and Senior Citizen exemptions, both of which are available to homeowners who are of age 65 before the end of the 2018 year.  Please note:  The City deadline is not the same as that for surrounding townships.

Assessor Calvin Cline reported that homeowners, who currently enjoy either of the two previous exemptions, have been mailed renewal applications.  He asked that seniors check their mailboxes for the renewal forms, which may be returned by mail or in person.

The City Assessor’s Office will receive applications at City Hall, and will be available to assist taxpayers with their completion.  Both exemptions require taxpayers to submit information about their 2016 income, whether by federal or state income tax return, or income statements such as Form 1099.

Additionally, Veterans who hold the Veterans “qualified funds” exemption may also qualify for the Alternate Veterans Exemption for school tax purposes.  An application is required to be submitted by December 1st for the exemption to be applied to the 2018-2019 school tax.  Cold War Veterans do not qualify under the current legislation.

To reach the City of Amsterdam Assessor’s Office:  Please call 841-4334; or stop in person Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM; or by mail at City Hall, 61 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010; or by email at ccline@amsterdamny.gov.

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Water, Sewer, Garbage Abatements Available

August 29th, 2017

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 2018/2019 tax year may file a Water/Sewer/Garbage Abatement form with the City Engineer’s office until October 31, 2017.  Waterlines must be cut and capped by a licensed plumber or if you are the owner and occupant of a 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 2018/2019 tax year may file a Garbage Grievance form with the City Engineer’s office until October 31, 2017.  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 16, 2017.  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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Notice of Road Closure

August 25th, 2017

The City of Amsterdam/Pareene Contracting announces that due to water repair work the following road will be closed beginning Monday, August 28, 2017 and continuing through Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily or until complete:

  • Erie Street from Arch Street to Rt. 30 Bridge

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

If you should have any questions about this road closure, please call Engineering Department at 518-841-4301.

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Notice of Road Closure

August 11th, 2017

The City of Amsterdam/Pareene Contracting announces that due to water repair work the following roads will be closed beginning Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. and continuing through Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. or until complete:

  • 30 Bridge Northbound lane;
  • Ramp from Rt. 5 East to Rt. 30/Rt. 67 East;
  • Church Street (Southbound) between Federal Street & Main Street

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

If you should have any questions about this road closure, please call Engineering Department at 518-841-4301.

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Notice of Boil Water Advisory

August 10th, 2017

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to a water break on Northampton Road today, August 10, 2017, RESIDENTS ON THE FOLLOWING STREETS WILL HAVE TO  BOIL THEIR WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. BRING YOUR WATER TO A ROLLING BOIL AND BOIL FOR 1 MINUTE.

  • Northampton Road from Hobart Drive to Phillips Street;
  • The Mall from Northampton Road to house #12 The Mall.

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

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Road Closure & NO Parking notice

August 4th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Amsterdam/Pareene Contracting announces that due to water repair work the following roads will be closed beginning Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. and continuing through Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. or until complete:

  • Main Street between Chuctanunda Street & Church Street;
  • 30 North downtown turning late at Main Street;
  • Railroad Street;
  • Church Street (Southbound) between Federal Street & Main Street

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

There will also be no parking on Main Street between Chuctanunda Street & Church Street (area will be posted)

If you should have any questions about this road closure, please call Engineering Department at 518-841-4301.

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City of Amsterdam Class “A” Master Electrician License Test

July 25th, 2017

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 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code which is currently the referenced standard in the New York State Building Code. Applicants may obtain Class A 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 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.   Applicants meeting the minimum qualifying 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 before 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 31st, 2017.

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