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Amsterdam merchants envision casino boost

More jobs, increased foot traffic hoped for

Lisa Vertucci, owner of Dolci Bake Shoppe in Amsterdam, believes the increased foot traffic a casino would create could help businesses on Bridge Street. She is also looking forward to the construction of a pedestrian bridge that would connect the north and south sides of the city.
Lisa Vertucci, owner of Dolci Bake Shoppe in Amsterdam, believes the increased foot traffic a casino would create could help businesses on Bridge Street. She is also looking forward to the construction of a pedestrian bridge that would connect the north and south sides of the city.
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It was a little after noon on a picturesque June day, and the stores and restaurants that line Bridge Street on the south side of Amsterdam were virtually empty. Amsterdam, a city of nearly 18,000, has an unemployment rate of 7 percent and a poverty rate of about 19 percent. Business owners in the area are hoping a proposed $250 million casino resort, along with the construction of a pedestrian bridge that will connect the ...


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