Officials hope $10M grant will help revitalize city

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Amsterdam is the winner of a multi-million dollar grant to bring the once booming manufacturing city back to life.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Amsterdam as the Mohawk Valley winner of a $10 million state grant for downtown revitalization.

“The architecture is still there, the character is still there, they just need a little facelift,” she said.

The city’s proposal outlines a vision for bringing affordable housing, jobs, and tourism to a struggling downtown.

“This is a shot in the arm for the city of Amsterdam that gives us the capital to work with to bring these projects to light,” Mayor Michael Villa said.

Villa said there will be a review process before any of the projects get funding, but that a youth recreation center is a top priority.

“You can see the rebirth happening already,” he said. “This is just going to carry it forward.”

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort pointed to the pedestrian bridge and waterfront revitalization as signs of perseverance after two failed attempts at winning the grant.

“We learned from our mistakes, and we got stronger and now we put an application in worthy of a $10 million award,” he said.

The lieutenant governor said there should be a visible difference in downtown Amsterdam within one to three years.

The winner for the Capital Region has not been announced, yet.

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