Archive for June, 2011

I just stumbled on the following video posted on youtube. The was produced by Saratoga Associates for the public hearings held last Fall. It presents three different visualizations of the future pedestrian bridge, as well as the new Bridge Street and Riverlink Park.


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For those of you that haven’t visited our beautiful Riverlink Park, you are missing one of Amsterdam’s greatest assets. There are fantastic vistas up and down the river, the cafe is stellar, there are concerts planned for Saturday nights throughout the season, and the park is carefully manicured by an attendant every day. Boats have begun mooring at the docks, sometimes as many as six to eight at a pop, and flowers adorn the gardens and urns along the walkways.

As summer swings into full regalia, we are swinging full-force into completing construction of the second phase of the park. Additional walking paths, decorative lighting, new plantings, and benches will extend all of the way to RT30 bridge. The playground will be relocated and a 12′ x 35′ recreation of the “Painted Rocks”, a significant piece of Amsterdam’s Native American Heritage, will be brought to life on site by internationally-renowned artist, Alice Manzi.

It’s bound to be a facinating time at the park, as we take another step toward realizing the dream of a fully-revitalized waterfront. The following photos document the park in its current state and the beginning of construction.

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Demolitions have begun around the city. We’ve collaborated with county crews to demo properties that no longer serve their purpose as shelter. Three properties have been cleared, seven remediated of asbestos and toxins, and twenty-seven more are slated for the crane this season.

The following photos show the process from start to finish at a property on Hamilton Street. The event was compelling – violent, methodical, and poignant all at once.

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Reconstruction is coming along on Bridge Street. There’s plenty of work to do until the resurfacing happens; substructure work includes new catch basins, manholes, sewer lines and water laterals, as well as placement of light pole bases. This will all happen pretty quickly as Tallum Construction machinery travels up and down the road from the staging site by the river.

Though this construction phase may seem tedious to those that frequent the area, the preliminary work necessary to bring this to life had been amazingly time-consuming and complex. There were countless steps, from surveying, designing, permitting, double checking, confirming, notifiying, approving, bidding, and purchasing to coordinating between state, city, utility companies, residents and business owners. It has taken almost two years since the designs were first delivered to us. I’m relieved to see the street in the apparent disarray it’s in, because it means that in just about a month, the project will be done!

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Campaign handout 6.13.11

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Body my house
my horse my hound
what will I do
when you are fallen

Where will I sleep
How will I ride
What will I hunt

Where can I go
without my mount
all eager and quick
How will I know
in thicket ahead
is danger or treasure
when Body my good
bright dog is dead

How ill it be
to lie in the sky
without roof or door
and wind for an eye

With cloud for shift
how will I hide?

– May Swenson, from Nature: Poems Old and New.
© Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994

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‎”All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.”

– Albert Einstein

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The New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) has awarded the City of Amsterdam “Best of Class” for its printed promotional materials, as well as “Best in Class” for the city website, in its 2011 Marketing and Promotional Materials Competition.

Awarded each year at its annual meeting in May, NYSEDC judged the entries on layout and design, content, and marketing budget size. Categories for the competition included: Development Brochure, Printed Advertising Materials, Multi-Media Advertising, Web Site and Newsletters/Annual Reports, with awards given for Best
of Class, Excellent, and Honorable Mention.

The city’s presentation folder contains one colorful, generic brochure that gives an overview of the city’s best attributes, customizable inserts that describe development incentives in greater detail, specific property sell sheets and success stories of businesses that have chosen Amsterdam as a prime location to grow. The website, designed by Amsterdam-based Engines of Creation and written by former Confidential Aid Thom Georgia, is a comprehensive informational and promotional tool that gets as many as 5,000 visitors a month and has attracted the attention of 65,877 new and unique visitors since its implementation in 2009.

“We are extremely proud of this recognition,” stated Mayor Ann M. Thane. “This is especially meaningful because the marketing competition is juried by professionals in the field of economic development and shows that Amsterdam is doing a quality job. The importance of a well thought out marketing strategy to our community cannot be underestimated. We remain committed to promoting the City of Amsterdam as welcoming, accessible, and affordable for relocating families and businesses.”

The New York State Economic Development Council is New York’s principal organization representing economic development professionals. Its 900 members include the leaders of IDAs, local development corporations, commercial and investment banks, underwriters, bond counsels, utilities, chambers of commerce and private corporations. NYSEDC’s mission is promoting economic development, encouraging sound regional development practices, and conducting professional education programs for its members.

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