City Hall News Briefs



Amsterdam Controller Matthew Agresta says the city is “not in dire straits” financially. In his report at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, Agresta said that from July to December 2013, the city’s spending was 35 percent of the amount budgeted for the entire year. In addition, he is preparing a list of more than 500 foreclosure properties.

Council members passed a resolution requiring anyone appointed to a volunteer board or commission to be a city resident. The measure, which was tabled at the council’s previous meeting, also states that volunteers may serve on no more than two boards or commissions at a time.


John Becker

John Becker is both a Reporter and Consulting Editor for The Compass. He and his wife Pat operate Abbey Farms in Amsterdam NY.