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Free Bulk Item Drop Off: June 8 – 13, 2015

May 26th, 2015

FREE BULK ITEM DROP OFF 2015
June 8, 2015 – June 13, 2015
A FREE Bulk Item Drop-off at AMSTERDAM TRANSFER STATION LOCATED ON RT. 5S (FORMERLY MOSA) is scheduled for the week of June 8, 2015 to June 13, 2015. 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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Garbage pick up week of May 25, 2015

May 19th, 2015

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN GARBAGE PICKUP:

Garbage normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday, May 26th. Garbage normally collected on Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday, May 27th 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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Water Shut Down – April 20, 2015

April 17th, 2015

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to water repair work on Thomas Street there will be a water shutdown, Monday, April 20, 2015.

Streets with no water will be Storrie Street from Market Street to Chestnut Street from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Trinity Place from Market Street to Chestnut Street from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

April 15th, 2015

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COMMUNITY LEADERS COME TOGETHER TO ANNOUNCE THE FOUNDATION OF POWER NY COALITION

April 15th, 2015

NEW COALITION CALLS FOR NEW YORK TO APPROVE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM UPGRADES, CREATING THOUSANDS OF JOBS & MILLIONS IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

COMMUNITY LEADERS COME TOGETHER TO ANNOUNCE THE FOUNDATION OF POWER NY COALITION

Power NY Supports Bringing Cleaner, More Affordable Energy to New York, Revitalizing the Upstate Economy & Upgrading Outdated Infrastructure

(Albany, NY) – A new coalition of local officials, community members, business leaders and economic development organizations came together today to call on New York to move forward with a plan to dramatically improve the state’s transmission infrastructure, creating thousands of jobs and injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into the Upstate economy.

The Power NY coalition was formed to support the rehabilitation of the current power grid in New York and urge the state to do the same. Upgrading the system would relieve a bottleneck in the current grid that prevents energy consumers from having access to plentiful affordable power, including power from clean and renewable sources. Allowing a major infrastructure investment in the state’s power grid would boost the regional economies and create jobs – both from the work itself, as well as by providing system capacity for Upstate power producers seeking to expand their businesses and increase the amount of renewable energy in the system.

“As one of the counties that is home to New York’s 80-year-old ailing energy highway, we have seen first hand how critical it is that our transmission system be updated to deliver clean affordable and reliable energy to New Yorkers. Communities like ours cannot be competitive to attract businesses or families with the current infrastructure that is in place which is why I have proudly signed on to Power NY to ensure our community and others like ours can flourish,” said Montgomery County Executive, Matthew L. Ossenfort.

“Updating our transmission system will not only supply our state with environmentally friendly energy, but it will create up to 11,000 desperately needed jobs and generate as much as $1.6 billion for our communities – to me, that is something to Power Up for,” said Ann Thane, Mayor of Amsterdam. “As is evidenced by the diverse voices that form this coalition, of which I am proud to be a member, New York needs to update our aging transmission system to create jobs, boost our economy and provide clean affordable power to New Yorkers.”

Coalition members include:
• Matthew L. Ossenfort, Montgomery County Executive
• Ann Thane, Mayor of Amsterdam
• Mike Tucker, President & CEO of the Center for Economic Growth
• Ted Skerpon, President of IBEW Local 97
• Kyle Garrett, Director of Operations for Target
• Ray Gillen, Chair of the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority
• Mark Eagan, President & CEO of Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber
• Rich Hendrick, General Manager of the Port of Albany
• Carm Basile, CEO of CDTA
• Chuck Steiner, President & CEO of Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce
• Dave Buicko, COO of the Galesi Group

New York’s current power grid is aging rapidly, severely congested, costly to consumers and is prohibiting the implementation of cleaner energy for New York.

The congested transmission system has caused energy prices to increase by $8.5 billion in the past decade, and led to the implementation of a new capacity zone, raising local energy costs by $35-$55 million. Due to the limited capacity of the current grid, there is a cap on the number of renewable developments that can be opened Upstate. Currently, 20 wind projects are on hold that would provide New York with cleaner energy and boost their local economies.

In addition to the benefits this investment would have on our state’s energy, Power NY is supportive of this as it would create up to 11,000 jobs to the State and pump as much as $1.6 billion into the regional economies.

“As the Capital Region’s economic development and marketing organization, the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is committed to promoting Tech Valley as a thriving center for innovation and accelerated business growth. CEG is proud to join the coalition in support of upgrading New York’s transmission infrastructure,” said F. Michael Tucker, President & CEO, Center for Economic Growth. “This upgrade is a much-needed investment in our region’s economy and our future, and will help keep Upstate New York competitive to grow existing businesses and attract new investment.”

“IBEW Local 97 represents more than 4,000 New Yorkers and our members in the power generation industry can attest to the challenging times, related in part to outdated infrastructure,” said Theodore Skerpon, President/Business Manager/Financial Secretary, IBEW Local 97. “We support the effort to upgrade critical portions of the state’s transmission system, which is aged and congested. This is a real opportunity to relieve congestion in the system while creating jobs and generating millions in economic impact for New York State.”

“Target is proud to be a member of the New York community. We work hard to make sure that we meet the needs of our community and to do so, we rely on the latest technologies and the cleanest and most efficient forms of energy. Unfortunately, New York’s energy highway is ailing making it more difficult to keep this commitment. Building an upgraded transmission system will not only bring in up to $1.6 billion to the region and supply as many as 11,000 severely needed jobs, it will ensure clean, affordable and reliable energy for New Yorkers. As proud members of the Power NY coalition and the New York community we support upgrading our transmission system to ensure New York receives the clean, affordable and reliable energy it deserves,” said Kyle Garrett, Director of Distribution for Target.

“New York needs to upgrade its energy infrastructure to remain competitive for key economic development projects. Upgrading our power grid will create new jobs and new economic activity in Upstate New York,” said Ray Gillen, Chair of the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority.

“As an advocate for economic growth and prosperity in the Capital Region, the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber is fully behind this effort to upgrade New York’s power grid. Not only will the effort provide more affordable energy to the region, but it will also create up to 11,000 jobs and up to $1.6 billion in increased activity in our regional economies,” said Mark N. Eagan, the Chamber’s President and CEO. “We are proud to join the Power New York coalition and look forward to aiding this effort.”

“The Port of Albany works at the crossroads of our economy, and there’s no doubt that upgrading our transmission infrastructure will help keep our economy moving forward,” said Rich Hendrick, General Manager, Port of Albany. “The current power grid is aging and outdated. Modernizing the system will create jobs and ensure we’re able to meet the needs of the 21st Century businesses that will lead us into a prosperous future.”

“A strong regional transportation system depends on a reliable energy system. The Capital District Transportation Authority is pleased to join the effort to upgrade New York’s power grid and rehabilitate our aging energy infrastructure,” said CDTA CEO Carm Basile.

“Our transmission system is aging and putting the region’s businesses at risk of an unreliable power system. Upgrading the system is critical to ensure New Yorkers have access to clean, affordable, and reliable power,” said Chuck Steiner, President & CEO of the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce. “Not only will upgrading the transmission system increase reliability, it will create up to 11,000 desperately needed jobs and generate nearly $2 billion for struggling communities around the state. That is something I am willing to Power Up for.”

“The Galesi Group takes pride in bringing economic development to the Capital Region. As such, we fully support upgrading and modernizing the area’s power infrastructure,” said Galesi Group Chief Operating Officer Dave Buicko. “This effort will spur renewed investment in the Upstate region and provide needed system capacity.”

The Public Service Commission will meet in June to determine next steps for this process.

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Capital Region Land Bank Issues RFQ for 17 Properties

April 15th, 2015

PRESS RELEASE
Capital Region Land Bank Issues RFQ for 17 Properties
9 Properties to Be Demolished, 8 to be Prepped for Resale and Renovation
Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts Move Forward

Schenectady, N.Y., April 15, 2015 — The Capital Region Land Bank has issued a bid for 17 blighted properties in Schenectady and Montgomery County with nine buildings slated for demo, while eight others will be prepped for resale and renovation. The Land Bank continues to assist with neighborhood revitalization efforts in both Schenectady and Amsterdam. The goal is to improve neighborhoods by removing blighted properties that are beyond repair while renovating and repairing others.

Mayor Gary McCarthy said, “Our Land Bank is moving forward with this bid to remove blight in our neighborhoods. This will be followed by a City bid using HUD funding to remove and renovate even more properties using the largest Land Bank grant awarded in New York State last year and $3 million in HUD funding we secured in partnership with Senator Schumer.”

Richard Ruzzo, Schenectady County Legislator and Chairman of the Capital Region Land Bank said, “The Land Bank is moving forward in partnership with both cities and Schenectady County to make a difference in our neighborhoods. By attacking blight and abandoned properties through focused demolitions and rehabilitation projects, we are encouraging home ownership and strengthening neighborhood revitalization efforts throughout our community.”

Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane said, “The Land Bank is helping us turn blighted properties into renovated properties in our City.”

Schenectady received $2.5 million from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Land Bank Program while Amsterdam received $500,000.

In Schenectady, four demolitions will occur in the Eastern Avenue neighborhood as part of the targeted effort to revitalize this key corridor. Three are part of a joint effort with Habitat for Humanity to bring new housing units to the Northside neighborhood with the Land Bank handling demolition and Habitat building new homes after demolition is complete. Two demolitions are slated for Rotterdam Junction for homes damaged by flooding during Hurricane Irene.

The Land Bank is also planning to remove asbestos and perform other environmental improvements on eight properties which will be the first step to rehabilitating the properties to offer them for resale and return to the tax rolls. Five of the properties are in the Eastern Avenue neighborhood, one is in the College Park neighborhood, one is in Rotterdam Junction and one is in the City of Amsterdam. The Land Bank is hoping to start environmental remediation work in May with demolitions to follow.

Demolitions
843 Eastern Avenue
101 DeGraff Street
99 Prospect Avenue
105 Prospect Avenue
1683 Carrie Street
1695 Carrie Street
1702 Carrie Street
8 Isabella Avenue (Rotterdam Junction)
1299 Main Street (Rotterdam Junction)

Prep for Renovation and Resale
27 ½ Columbia Street
762 Eastern Avenue
795 Eastern Avenue
840 Eastern Avenue
706 Vale Street
1051 Barrett Street
3011 Caroline Street (Rotterdam Junction)
10 Ellsworth Ave (Amsterdam)

The bid is available on the Land Bank’s new website: www.capitalregionlandbank.org.

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Water Shut Down April 15, 2015

April 14th, 2015

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to water valve repair work on Locust Avenue there will be a water shutdown, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Streets with no water will be Locust Avenue from Park Street to Wallin Street; Grand Street from Locust Avenue to First Avenue; Milton Avenue from Locust Avenue to First Avenue; Vanderveer Street from Locust Avenue to First Avenue and Park Street from Locust Avenue to First Avenue.

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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Water Shut Down April 14, 2015

April 13th, 2015

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to water valve repair work on Glen Avenue there will be a water shutdown, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Streets with no water will be Glen Avenue from Bunn Street to Union Street and Academy Street from Henry Street to Glen Avenue.

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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Road Closure – Lefferts St. April 9, 2015

April 8th, 2015

The City of Amsterdam/New York Army National Guard announces that due to a training exercise at the Creative Arts Center on East Main Street the following road closure will take place on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. or until complete:

 ***Lefferts Street from East Main Street to the end****

Drivers are asked to take alternate routes during this time; residents will have access to and from their homes.

Also note, during this time they will also be using the rear lot between Lefferts Street & Vrooman Avenue and the parking lot to the west side of the Arts Center and there will be no parking allowed.

If you should have any questions about this road closure and no parking, please call the city engineer’s office at 518-841-4301.

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City of Amsterdam Proposes Ambulance Service

April 7th, 2015

Public Safety First

Patient Care is our First Priority

The City of Amsterdam is seeking to purchase two ambulances to transport patients.

This service will be an addition to the Advanced Life Support Service already provided by the City’s Firefighter/Paramedics and EMTs.

EFFICIENT

  • This change will consolidate treatment and transportation into one agency. The City already travels to each EMS call to provide Advanced Life Support First Response, the highest level of treatment, in the City. With this change Firefighter/Paramedics and EMTs will travel in a vehicle that will be able to transport the patient to the hospital if required. No additional staff is required.
  • This will provide – Continuity of care, Dedicated City Ambulances committed to the residents of Amsterdam with an Average 3 minute response time

BETTER SERVICE

  • TWO MORE Ambulances on the Street improves the availability of ambulances.
  • GAVAC is currently the only Ambulance Service in Montgomery County and is planning on expanding services to Fulton County
  • City Ambulances will be available for Mutual Aid in Montgomery County

A PROVEN SYSTEM

  • Fire Departments across the State and Country are providing Ambulance Service
  • Stabilizes Public Safety
  • Makes sense financially
  • Glens Falls, Saratoga, Watervliet, Utica, Oneonta, Little Falls all provide Ambulance Service as a benefit to their residents

SUSTAINABLE

  • Conservatively, we are projecting a minimum of 500,000.00 in expected net revenue based on data from a 12 month call history (2014-2015)
  • This revenue will reduce the burden on taxpayers and allow the City to maintain all city services at current staffing levels.
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