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Posted on November 17 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To help aid economic development, a Zoning Update Committee was formed by Mayor Thane in 2010. One of the goals of that committee was to increase the area of the downtown core and ease zoning restrictions to attract new business. The downtown core was increased to include a large part of Amsterdam's south side along the Mohawk River and and on the north side it spread the downtown core to the north, east and west. As a member of that committee, I can attest that the year long process of refining the updates with Montgomery County Planning was tedious but well thought out. A series of public meetings were held but the update was never presented to the Common Council for approval. Some say it is because of the political influence of St Mary's Hospital, a corporate conglomerate in Amsterdam, located in a historic district, that does not want to be held to any restrictions when increasing its presence in the area. The Mayor tells me that Corporation Counsel Gerard DeCusatis has been holding the document for three years in order to do legal refinements, which is strange seeing that he was also part of the update committee. Is he holding the document hostage to negotiate another increase in his salary? Amsterdam's executive government gives much lip service to economic development but in theory they are as obstructionist as the outgoing Common Council.

Gerald J. Skrocki


From: Amsterdam must make revitalizing downtown top priority


Posted on August 29 at 9:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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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Posted on July 30 at 12:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This search seems like an overly intrusive invasion of privacy for a grown man gone for less than 24 hours.


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Posted on April 13 at 3:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Both men are American citizens. Wu should be treated no differently than any American who assaults another. Bringing this to the level of a hate crime is reaching on the part of the prosecutor. Although there was a bill introduced to add Military and Veterans status to the Hate a crime statute, There is no indication that it was ever passed. It is still listed in open legislation. They would be hard pressed to pass the Bill since you don't have to be a US citizen to serve in our military.


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Posted on April 12 at noon (Suggest removal)

A BB gun is not classified as a firearm.

NYS Penal Law §265.00 Definitions. 3. "Firearm" means (a) any pistol or revolver; or (b) a shotgun having one or more barrels less than eighteen inches in length; or (c) a rifle having one or more barrels less than sixteen inches in length

11. "Rifle" means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed metallic cartridge to fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger.


From: Gloversville man discharged BB gun inside home with children: police


Posted on April 9 at 6:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

ChuckD your characterization of the World Peace and Health Organization is way off base. Aside from purchasing and restoring the former Jesuit dormitory and the land bordering the eastern end of the Auriesville Shrine, the Buddhists also purchased and restored 2 church buildings in the City of Amsterdam that were closed and abandoned by the Catholics. They now serve as beautiful Buddhist Temples. Every year The World Peace and Health Organization offers free training in meditation techniques to anyone that wants to participate.


From: Surprise barricade cuts Buddhist temple access


Posted on April 9 at 8:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Another great article from Gazette Reporter Ed Munger Jr.!


From: Surprise barricade cuts Buddhist temple access


Posted on April 7 at 12:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It is time to start going after those who serve alchoholic beverages or banning it outright.. Increasing penalties for drunk drivers will not stop them. Excessive consumption of alchohol is the third leading cause of death in the United States, much higher than tobacco yet we spend more time and money legislating the advertising and sale of tobacco products.


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Posted on March 15 at 8:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why wasn't he arrested for DWAI? He should do the right thing and resign fom office!


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Posted on February 19 at 4:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You missed one key point: Heller left intact the ability of the government to determine what weapons the general public would be allowed to possess for self defense.


From: Schoharie County supervisors vote to oppose gun-control law


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