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Officials tout progress, celebrate completion of Riverlink Park section

State and local officials gather in Riverlink Park in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning to talk about waterfront development.
State and local officials gather in Riverlink Park in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning to talk about waterfront development.
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State and local officials gathered in Riverlink Park on Wednesday morning to sweat in formalwear and talk about Amsterdam’s evolving riverfront. “We’re here today to celebrate a lot of work,” said U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam. Riverlink Park has come a long way. He and other dignitaries talked about what the place looked like many years ago — a disused grungy waterfront doing nothing for local tourism or quality of life. Much work and millions ...


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jerryrock
August 29, 2013
9:27 a.m.

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Great article John! The "gathered…to sweat in formalwear" line immediately grounds the otherwise lofty political event, which seemed more like a parade of candidates running for local office than the celebratory event advertised. While I do support Riverlink Park and waterfront development in Amsterdam as a means of revitalization, I will never get used to the politics involved. Maybe all the hot air being expelled by those who speak out again it can be gathered and harnessed to fuel some other type of economic development project. Until that happens, it is just a waste of energy. The Greater Amsterdam Riverlink Park project was conceived, developed and brought to fruition by a dedicated group of people that had an idea for revitalization and actually did something about it. For that I am very grateful.

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