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Public’s vision sought for Amsterdam pedestrian bridge

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When Amsterdam’s new pedestrian bridge is spanning the Mohawk River, city officials want it to tell a story. The $16.5 million walkway to connect the city’s South Side with its downtown may draw people by the hundreds just to view the spectacle, and residents are being asked to help shape what those guests will see. The city is holding a visioning session Monday evening to gather ideas on how to showcase local history on the ...

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August 11, 2012
9:52 a.m.

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Another colossal waste of money brought to us by Paul Tonko. Exactly what economic purpose does this bridge to nowhere serve? 16.5 million was "approved" but it's "unclear" how much this boondoggle will actually cost. This is a clear cut example of insignificant politicians building monuments to themselves with taxpayers dollars. Tonko and Joe Bruno were made from the same mold

August 11, 2012
12:11 p.m.

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The story it will tell is that of a 16.5 million dollar white elephant that attracts many people from within 20-40 miles around ONE TIME and then most of them never return. Those that do return frequently are using the advantage a a relatively great view of any approaching police to smoke dope, drink, and use other drugs.

The cheerleaders for this waste will cite the RiverWalk inPoughkeepsie, but fail to mention that at least THAT project was already built, and merely renovated. They will fail to notice that the Hudson is a much wider, more beautiful view. They will fail to acknowledge that a lot of the traffic is people using it to get across the river free while going to the Metro-North rail station in order to get to jobs in NYC, while Amsterdam's Amtrak is no commuter draw.

Amsterdam needs a lot of help; I favor assisting them. This is a waste that will become an albatross around their neck.

August 11, 2012
3:33 p.m.

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It really doesn't matter what the naysayers think. That phase of the project has long since passed. The project was approved and is moving forward. The input needed now is what extras, if any, should be installed on this extension of Riverlink Park. How much more should taxpayers spend on this project?

In Amsterdam, it seems we reflect on our history often and live a little too much in the past. We have the Walter Elwood Museum, the installation of the Panted Rocks in Riverlink Park to commemorate the Mohawks; that would be the Native Americans, not the ball team. We have Shuttleworth Park dedicated to them! We also have the Noteworthy Indian Museum and the Sanford home that serves as City Hall.

Our elected officials hold these public meetings because they are required by law or to further their political agenda. All too often in Amsterdam, the public comes out to these events, voices their opinions and they are completely ignored by Mayor Ann Thane who does exactly what she wants despite objection by the citizens. It is puzzling why public officials would wonder why turnout to these events is low.

That being said (I really hate that expression), The bridge/walkway/park should reflect Amsterdam's present. It should reflect the community that lives here now, working to better the City. It should represent our diverse cultural makeup of Latino, Italian, Polish, Irish, German and Chinese. It should have bike and skateboard paths, benches and water fountains. It should be more utilitarian than decorative or commemorative. It should serve our purpose here and now. We have enough reminders of our industrialized past that polluted the same waterway this bridge will overlook. It should represent hope.

Gerald J Skrocki

August 14, 2012
5:45 p.m.

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Reflecting Amsterdam's present, will it have "No Buddhists Welcome" signs and a few buildings with the plumbing torn out? That's the present Amsterdam we all know and .. er .. we know.