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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!


City of Amsterdam Electrical License Board of Examiners Press Release

August 19th, 2014




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.




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.

GAR park 3

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.


tax reduction

August 11th, 2014

For Immediate Release: Tax Reduction August 11, 2014 Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane said today, with the new tax season just beginning, City residents can expect to save approximately $168 in lower tax bills due to a reduction in tax rates. Not only did the City adopt a budget with a lower tax rate, so did Montgomery County and the Greater Amsterdam School district. Said Thane, “It is a tribute to the fiscal responsibility of these three taxing jurisdictions, and especially to the astute dedication of the City Assessor, that our taxpayers can expect lower taxes this year.  This is great news for the City and its deserving residents.” Thane pointed out that a typical taxpayer, with a parcel assessment of $50,000, and without exemption, could anticipate paying $168 less than in 2013. For commercial properties with much higher assessments, the savings are multiplied:  A parcel with a $200,000 assessment can expect the savings to quadruple to $672. “This magnitude of savings will hopefully attract more investment in job creation, and make the City of Amsterdam more competitive on the new-development landscape.” Also, due to increases in the STAR exemption, those paying school taxes in 2014-15 will pay between $11 and $22 less than last year. The combination of decreased school tax rate and increased exemption means that some elderly residents, those who receive the Enhanced STAR exemption, may pay no school tax this year. “Though our municipalities have recently been faced with significant challenges, it is important to note that we are working very hard to act responsibly on behalf of our taxpayers and they are realizing real benefit from our efforts. Again, special thanks to Assessor Calvin Cline for the important role he played in this.”


BOATER BROCHURE information requests

August 11th, 2014

The City of Amsterdam is drawing up a list of cultural, recreational, culinary and retail opportunities to hand out to boaters that dock at Riverlink Park. If you’d like to be listed, please contact Please reference “BOATER BROCHURE” in the subject line. Thank you.


Farmers Market

August 1st, 2014

The City of Amsterdam in partnership with the Walter Elwood Museum and with support from St. Mary’s Institute will be opening the new Amsterdam Farmers’ Market this weekend, Saturday, August 2nd. The Market will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Museum parking lot at 100 Church St./Route 67. Mayor Ann Thane, Assemblyman Angelo Santa Barbara and Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk will open the event Saturday morning at 10am with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Please be sure to join us for the opening!  

Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome to attend the family friendly event. While the Market may start on a smaller scale, it will undoubtedly grow in the upcoming weeks as the word spreads to new vendors and customers alike about the positive new addition to the community. Over the duration of the ten week, Saturday market, customers will find a variety of locally grown, fresh produce, floral arrangements, honey, jams and jellies, maple products, granola cereal, pesto, baked goods, unique arts and crafts, jewelry, outdoor equipment, prepared foods of varying cuisines, a bouncy house for the kids and live music. It will offer customers access to local items and vendors the opportunity to further promote their business, a win-win for the community.

The City of Amsterdam is appreciative of the cooperation and efforts of the Walter Elwood Museum staff and Board, St. Mary’s Institute, and Ben Wallach of the Niskayuna Co-op. We all look forward to a successful season and plan to continue to offer an indoor Market inside the Museum this fall and winter.

Please call Shannon Bush at (518) 841-4322 if you have any questions about the event or if you are interested in being a vendor. 


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.


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



 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.



City of Amsterdam Homeowners please take notice

July 22nd, 2014


             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



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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