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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Updated: 7:41 AM

Water is our greatest resource

To the editor:

This is in response to Mr. DiMezza's letter. Water is our greatest resource, and historically, the city of Amsterdam did not sell this resource at a profit. The revenue burden is spread out by increasing the water rate to help balance the budget. And it will help avoid an increase in my property taxes. It's that simple.

The city extended water and sewer services into the towns to allow economic growth to occur. Part of the benefit since that growth has occurred is the revenue that the city taxpayers expect to receive from the sale of water. We Amsterdam taxpayers invested $10 million to improve water treatment as required by state law. Rates have to increase to pay for these improvements. Additionally, the city needs to maintain an infrastructure to supply water to the city and the towns that choose to purchase it. It's not such a bad deal for the towns since they never invested in their own water source.

Never forget, this Democratic administration wants Amsterdam city property taxpayers to benefit. Prior administrations set water rates that caused one- and two-family homes to pay disproportionately more, but increasing the metered commercial water rate is absolutely wonderful if your home is in the city of Amsterdam.

The water resource belongs to the city. It is one of the assets that we sell. Mr. DiMezza, you're the one that wants to steal from our revenue stream.

Ken Mazur,


Bake sale to benefit Relay for Life

To the editor:

The Northville Falcon Helpers 4-H Club is participating in this year's Relay for Life and will be hosting a bake sale Friday, May 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., in front of the Adirondack Country Store on Main Street in Northville. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

We have 13 members in our club and every member knows, or is related to, someone who has fought cancer so we wanted to do something to help. We also want to thank Joyce Teshoney of the Adirondack Country Store for allowing us to hold the sale in front of her Main Street location.

Please buy a yummy treat May 2, talk to the 4-H'ers about this great community service project, and help donate to the Relay for Life and American Cancer Society. Thank you.

Jennifer Donovan,


Still the summer place to be

To the editor:

According to the most recently compiled digital analytical audit evaluations, an estimated $55 billion can be expected to be directly generated by virtually limitless visitations of global international worldwide horsemen and tourist horse racing fans in general to those municipalities located within a 14-county area surrounding the spa which finally realize how important it is for them to become active supportive participants in the six industries that will be primarily responsible for the gigantic upsurge in collateral economic benefits: Global tourism, thoroughbred horse racing plus all other categories of equine related activities, visual, performing arts venues, and yes, one or more casinos that eventually appear on the landscape.

As the various initiatives presently being intensely pursued are achieved, and once in full operation, it will be more easily recognized and understood how vital the thoroughbred horse racing industry has always been to our corner of New York state.

The significant record breaking increases in the purses for Saratoga's 2014 major races has already proven to be a tremendous motivating incentive for worldwide global horse owners, trainers, jockeys, fans in general, etc., to admit that now, Saratoga is, more so than ever before, definitely the summer place to be.

Anthony Biscotti,



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