By REBECCA WEBSTER
Recorder News Staff
The city of Amsterdam's ward boundaries were slightly altered last week.
Based on 2010 census data, Common Council members voted on a local law during their council meeting in City Hall that would revise the boundaries to balance the populations within the wards.
Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane said the changes came partly because of the census data, but it was also "to keep in coordination with what the county is doing."
Fourth Ward Alderman David Dybas said Sunday that the changes are "kind of simple."
"We just needed to balance out the 2010 census. This should have been done a couple years back," Dybas said. "The census came out and you have so much time to adjust the boundaries so that you have as close to equal representation in each ward as you can possibly get."
Dybas said the ward populations have to be within 2-to-5 percent of one another.
This will make the county's job easier, Dybas added.
"Now, they're going to pass the legislative redistricting this Tuesday up at the county," he said.
Only slight changes were made to the city wards and, according to the local law, the changes will not affect any council member for the remainder of the current term.
The northeastern chunk of the First Ward, with boundaries of Clizbe Avenue and Crescent Avenue east to the borders of the city, will now be a part of the Second Ward.
A few blocks in the Fourth Ward will also move into the Second Ward.
That section is bordered by Locust Avenue, Grand Street, Second Avenue, and Milton Avenue.
And three blocks in the southwestern part of the Second Ward will become part of the Third Ward.
That piece is bordered by Union Street, Glen Avenue, Bunn Street, Henry Street, Fairview Place from Henry Street to Orange Street, and Orange Street.
No changes were made to the Fifth Ward.
"They are very, very, very minor," Thane said of the changes. "I don't see this being a big issue for the city."