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More details continue to emerge after 20 people were killed Saturday afternoon in a limousine accident in the rural upstate New York Town of Schoharie.

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Some of the victims of Saturday’s deadly limousine crash that killed 20 in Schoharie grew up in the nearby City of Amsterdam.

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The City of Amsterdam has won a transformative grant from New York state to make major upgrades to its downtown.

The Greater Amsterdam School District initiated a district-wide lock out Friday morning after a student reportedly made threats against Amsterdam High School.

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The City of Amsterdam in New York’s Mohawk Valley is seeking emergency funding to repair a broken water line.


A gun buyback program in Amsterdam will hold an event this weekend.

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The City of Amsterdam has gotten a financial boost to study the potential recreation opportunities around a set of historic buildings. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports leaders want to showcase the industrial history of the Montgomery County city by preserving a piece its past.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has included $100 billion in his state budget proposal for infrastructure upgrades. It’s welcome news for an upstate city that has had a year marked by burst pipes and leaking sewage.

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Several long-awaited developments in New York’s Mohawk Valley are getting a boost from state investment announced last week.

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Since 1996, the Amsterdam Police Department has used its indoor shooting range as a storage area.

Chief Greg Culick gave a tour of the facility Thursday and pointed out the potential for the space.

Amsterdam Police have discovered a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in an empty warehouse.

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A ceremony was held Wednesday to mark the opening of the $17.5 million Gateway Overlook in Amsterdam.

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With hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage having already spilled into the Mohawk River from the city of Amsterdam's wastewater treatment system, an area Assemblyman is calling on the state of New York for emergency funding.

The NY-Alert system announced a wastewater overflow at the City of Amsterdam Wastewater Treatment Plant. More than 500,000 gallons of partially treated discharge emptied into the Mohawk River after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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A letter from Greater Amsterdam School District Superintendent Thomas Perillo says elevated levels of lead were found in a variety of sources, including drinking water fountains, at three separate buildings: Barkley, Marie Curie, and Tecler Elementary Schools.

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Residents of Amsterdam are pooling their ideas to decide how to shape the final look of the city’s pedestrian bridge that spans the Mohawk River.

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After eight years, the city of Amsterdam will have a new mayor. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Republican challenger Mike Villa ousted incumbent Democratic mayor Ann Thane on election night.

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Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane, a Democrat, is running for a third term against Republican challenger Mike Villa. During her tenure, Thane has focused much of her energy into improving the Montgomery County city's downtown and waterfront areas.

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Amsterdam native and Republican Mike Villa is challenging Democratic Mayor Ann Thane in November. Villa, a retired policeman and Montgomery County welfare fraud investigator, explained to WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard why he entered the race and what he'd like to accomplish if elected to city hall. Villa spoke from his backyard on the city's South Side.   

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A new primary care center in Amsterdam aims to provide services to the city’s underserved populations. 

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More than 360 jobs will be protected after one of Montgomery County’s largest employers, which was considering relocation, has agreed to remain.

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Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane delivered her state of the city address last week. While Amsterdam is similar to other post industrial cities in New York and beyond, it’s also changing.

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Communities across New York's Mohawk Valley are working today to dry out and clean up after heavy rains late yesterday caused serious flooding and temporarily closed a portion of the Thruway. Hardest hit was Montgomery County, where County Executive Matt Ossenfort declared a state of emergency.

More than 100 workers in Amsterdam, New York will lose their jobs in the coming months. One of the city’s manufacturers is closing its doors.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schiederman today announced a new round of funding to improve communities across New York by restoring or demolishing vacant properties.

A parade is planned in the City of Amsterdam next week in support of casino development. Organizers hope the event will improve Montgomery County’s chances of receiving a Capital Region casino.

The casino proposal picture in Montgomery County has been a rollercoaster in the last several days.

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The competition for a casino along the Mohawk River is coming to the forefront as Schenectady County lawmakers support a project in the Electric City, and more details will soon be revealed on a proposal in neighboring Montgomery County.

(AP) Work is beginning on a new pedestrian bridge over the Mohawk River in Amsterdam.

When complete, the $16.5 million Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook bridge will connect the city's southern neighborhoods and the Erie Canalway Trail with the city's downtown north of the river.

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Several Capital Region mayors gathered in Schenectady Thursday to discuss the housing sector challenges facing their cities.

The mayors’ roundtable was part of the day-long summit “Strengthening Cities, Communities & Homes.” Participants took part in discussions and heard from experts including leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


  From the author of the acclaimed Island at the Center of the Earth comes Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City; an endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique.

Weaving in his own experiences in his adopted home, Russell Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence, its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege.

Russell Shorto is the bestselling author of Descartes' Bones and The Island at the Center of the World and will be at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga on Saturday at 7PM.