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Friday, February 21, 2014 - Updated: 8:18 AM

When's the last time you had a say in how best to spend $3 million?

Outside of dreaming about how you'd spend your lottery winnings, the opportunity does not present itself very often.

Which is why we suggest you spend some time Saturday -- from 10 a.m. to noon -- at the Creative Connections Art Center in Amsterdam, where representatives from the New York Rising Communities Reconstruc-tion Program will host an informal public input session.

The topic: How would $3 million best be used to rebuild the city of Amsterdam, the town of Amsterdam, and the town of Florida in this post-tropical storm era.

The forum is open to residents of the three local communities, which are each eligible for money from the Community Development Block Grant program.

New York Rising was formed by the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of tropical storms Irene and Lee and Hurricane Sandy.

You can show up any time during the two hours and speak with committee members from the three communities. There will be project maps available for viewing, so you will have something to reference when sharing your opinions.

Among the ideas on the table are the repair of a retaining wall along Dove Creek, cleaning out the lower Chuctanunda Creek, installing generators in schools to create emergency shelters, and creating new space for flood control devices. All worthy ideas.

The money is available, the work is necessary, and the weather will not be controlled. We have a chance to better deal with and respond to disasters like the one that tore through the west end of the city, as well as Guy Park Manor, in 2011.

We live on a river; rising and fast-moving water is always going to be a concern.

Let us not allow our status as a Rising Community get washed away when the next storm hits.

     

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