Letters to the Editor

Moving into the new century

To the editor:

Reasons for voting against Resolution #12/13-170:

First, while it conforms to the current city charter requirements to fill the vacant position, it continues to ignore the reality of today's 21st century demands required of the position. Specifically, being a city resident, being a registered member of the same party as the person who held the position, and being at least 18 years of age, are way too meager requirements for a position of this importance. Merely doing what an out-dated city charter dictates to fill a position requiring a great deal of higher education and a good degree of job-related experience is not my desired path to solve the city's challenges.

Second, the Common Council and the mayor have come to the conclusion that a highly educated and experienced individual will need to be put in place in order to gain what has been termed, "institutional knowledge and continuity." Timely resolution of this process appears to be imminent.

Third, the Common Council, the mayor and prior controller all concluded that an accounting consultant is needed to be hired to flush out accounting issues requiring resolution. The result of this initial hiring proved the need for additional hours being added for this consultant in order to fully comprehend the magnitude of the issues. This is an on-going process and requires a highly educated and skilled person that could need to be in place for some time.

Finally, if the Common Council and the mayor are serious about upgrading what may have worked in the 20th century with the elected controller who resides in the city of Amsterdam and is at least 18 years old with the 21st century demands of a controller who must possess the higher education and the requisite job experience required for this position, the city of Amsterdam charter must be changed. Let's give the residents of the city a say in the matter. Let's not perpetuate what looks like it isn't working any more. Let's postpone the current charter requirement for appointment. Let's fix the accounting issues with accounting professionals, not with appointees. Let's pay for the current dilemma we have now and not add more to the bill that is, already, too high.

The foregoing is/was not meant to be an indictment of any appointee, individual or any political party, but, an explanation for my vote. It is my opinion of what needs to be done and how we could do it. In any event, the people of Amsterdam must be in the mix and must be given the final say in how we are to proceed in the 21st century or remain stuck in the 20th century.

David J. Dybas,


The writer is Amsterdam's Fourth Ward alderman.

Help support Relay for Life

To the editor:

Once again the city of Amsterdam will be hosting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in June. In order to get preparations under way, we will be hosting our kick-off on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.

The purpose of the kick-off is to explain what the relay is all about and to generate some excitement for this year's relay. We will also be there to answer any questions, and hopefully recruit some new members to our committee.

Unfortunately, cancer is a disease many of us are all too familiar with. The Relay for Life is one way we can come together as friends, family, teams and a community to raise funds that can help eradicate this awful disease.

Please consider joining us for kick-off at St. Mary's Healthcare Carondelet Pavilion Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. We look forward to your support and hope to see you there.

Andrea Rogers,