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Present, past Amsterdam mayors spar on spending

Emanuele, Thane disagree on issue of fund balance

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Two candidates running to lead the city of Amsterdam as its mayor agree that having held the office is about the only thing they have in common. Democrat Ann Thane, the city’s first female mayor, is completing her first four-year term and seeking another. Republican Joseph Emanuele III, who served as mayor from 2004 to 2007, is looking for another shot at leading his home town. He did not seek re-election in 2007. Emanuele, a ...

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awineberg@yahoo.com
November 1, 2011
5:17 a.m.

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November 8th is the perfect date to bring the Tax and Spend Thane Train to an abrupt halt!!! Amsterdam no longer needs a mayor that strips widows of retired city workers of their health insurance (after they have already paid for it) or feels that whether the fire hydrants are actually repaired or not, perception is everything, and all will be well as long as folks under under the assumption they are being repaired. Last year Thane did everything in her power to break the city's self-imposed tax cap that was voted in by her constituents. Sadly Thane was not and is still not qualified for such a position. Amsterdam cannot afford another four years of her very expensive trial and error style of governing.

diane
November 1, 2011
7:52 a.m.

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I would agree we cannot afford 4 more years of trying to raise the taxes and do away with the tax cap. And two departments just got a 2% raise with no layoff clauses. We had to cut last year and it was a struggle and now a new council will have to deal with pay raises too boot:) Former Mayor Emanuele left an "audited" fund balance with well over 3 million and it is almost gone. This mayor is about perception from the publics standpoint and has disrespected their wishes too many times.

gina99
November 1, 2011
2:10 p.m.

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Raid all City reserves, inflate revenues, which leaves their opponent with a mess to clean up. If re-elected Ann Thane will make Amsterdam taxes even worse than Schenectady. Thane is Amsterdams version of horrible Gary McCarthy. They like to talk about making cuts while raising every tax to new heights.

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