December 15, 2017

Financial Stability

In city government, endurance requires weaving sound economic analysis with policies and practice. We’ve taken many steps to protect our taxpayers and our successes are numerous.

  • $20 million dollars in stimulus funding and grants for Water Filtration and Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrades, bus purchases, road reconstruction, infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization, waterfront and downtown development, residential rehabilitation, marketing, planning and recreational opportunities.
  • Renegotiated sales tax distribution agreement with Montgomery County ensures $500,000 or more in additional dollars to the annual city budget.
  • Renegotiated long-term water distribution agreements with the Towns of Amsterdam and Florida that will generate additional revenues as the economy improves.
  • Negotiated new GAVAC agreement bringing close to $200,000 per year to the city budget.
  • Upgraded bond rating allows the city to borrow for capital projects and equipment at a more favorable interest rate.

Pride

We must believe that our city will be at the heart of a vibrant and emerging economic region. Nanotechnology, biomedical research and clean energy initiatives will change the face of Upstate New York. That said, we MUST open our arms to investors from outside of our community to make buying property and relocating businesses to the City viable. We MUST open our hearts to people of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. We must create a city that we are proud to pass on to future generations.

  • City Hall public spaces, offices, closets, outbuildings & grounds revamped on a shoestring budget. We also remediated asbestos in the basement identified in 2001. We are replacing electrical systems and continue to make improvements to this historic community treasure.
  • Arts/Community Center & community garden Our East End Creative Connections hosts creative opportunities for families and youth. It houses W1shfu1:Th1nk1ng, a group of progressive young community leaders that offer afterschool programming and mentoring to children-at-risk. Flash Forward 4H and the Amsterdam Garden Club also take up residence. The center offers unique classes, events and performances to our community. The mosaic at the front of the building is an outward expression of the beauty going on inside the building.
  • Enhanced parks &  recreational space A park attendant at Riverlink Park keeps the elevator and bathrooms cleaned, and gardens watered. Veterans Park sports a new softball field. Shuttleworth Park has new turf, stadium seating, deck, dam, ice skating & fishing pond, warming hut, additional parking and a new walking path. There’s skating again at City Hall and the Lincoln Ave. Playground, and a new fountain at the West End Memorial. We’ve got an internationally registered labyrinth and a new garden on the south lawn. There are two new veteran’s memorials, one at Vets Field and one on the south lawn at city hall. Sassafras Playground has been refurbished from sanding through staining and replacement of equipment.
  • Beautiful flower baskets, banners and new Christmas decorations greet residents and those traveling through the city. Flowers are now tended by city personnel at a greatly reduced cost to our taxpayers.
  • 8,000 flower bulbs and new plantings embellish every entranceway and main corridor in the city.

Community Strength

Our neighborhood activities have fostered community stewardship and solidarity in a city of close friends and neighbors. This love and commitment demonstrates the true character of the people of Amsterdam. I am reminded each day why I chose to raise my family in this city and why I continue to stay and fight for its future.

Neighborhood Associations are succeeding in crime prevention and beautification of our city, and have hosted “meet & greets”, National Night Out, the East End Attack, the Main Street Winter Mixer and the “Windows on Main Street” program. Our Spring Fling hosted 3,000 visitors at no cost to taxpayers!

  • 20+ TONS of litter picked up  in annual Spring and Fall clean-ups.
  • Graffiti painted out; Paint Bank started.
  • Citizens’ Police Academies regularly offered to familiarize residents with the work of our APD and to better our neighborhood watch efforts.
  • Community Mural Project features the work of local artists all over the city.