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Amsterdam, New York

"Amsterdam, New York" redirects here. For the adjacent town, see Amsterdam (town), New York.
Location within the state of New York

Coordinates: 42°56′36″N 74°11′25″W / 42.94333°N 74.19028°W / 42.94333; -74.19028Coordinates: 42°56′36″N 74°11′25″W / 42.94333°N 74.19028°W / 42.94333; -74.19028

Country United States
State New York
County Montgomery
Incorporated (village) 1830
Incorporated (city) 1885
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Mayor Ann Thane (D)
 • City council
 • Total 6.3 sq mi (16.3 km2)
 • Land 5.9 sq mi (15.4 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 361 ft (110 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,620
 • Density 3,176.3/sq mi (1,226.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC−05)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04)
ZIP code 12010
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-02066
GNIS feature ID 0942450

Amsterdam is a city located in Montgomery County, New York, USA. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 18,620. The name is derived from the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The city of Amsterdam is surrounded on the north, east, and west sides by the town of Amsterdam. The Mohawk River runs through the city. The majority of the city lies on the north bank, but the Port Jackson area on the south side is also part of the city.


The city is within the original, now defunct town of Caughnawaga (meaning "at the rapids"), formed in northern Montgomery County in 1788.[1]

The first Europeans to settle here were Dutch immigrants about 1710. They called the community Veeders Mills and Veedersburgh after Albert Veeder, an early mill owner, but residents changed the name to Amsterdam in 1803. In 1773, Guy Johnson built Guy Park, a stone Georgian mansion, but as a Loyalist, he fled to Canada during the Revolution.[1]

It was incorporated as a village on April 20, 1830 from a section of the town of Amsterdam. New charters in 1854, 1865, and 1875 increased the size of the village. In 1885, Amsterdam became a city, which subsequently increased in size by annexation of the former village of Port Jackson, which became the fifth ward of the city.

The completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 was an economic boom to the city, and finished in 1875, allowed the city to become an important manufacturing area, primarily of carpets. In 1865, the population of Amsterdam was 5,135.[1] By 1920, it was 33,524.

Amsterdam experienced serious flooding damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in late August 2011.[2]

The Amsterdam (46th Separate Company) Armory, Amsterdam City Hall, Gray-Jewett House, Green Hill Cemetery, Greene Mansion, Guy Park, Guy Park Avenue School, Samuel and Johanna Jones Farm, Saint Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church Complex, Samuel Sweet Canal Store, Temple of Israel, United States Post Office, and Vrooman Avenue School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] Chalmers Knitting Mills was added in 2010.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.3 km²), of which, 5.9 square miles (15.4 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it is water. The total area is 5.41% water.

The Mohawk River, along with the Erie Canal, passes through the south part of the city. The Chuctanunda River flows into the Mohawk at Amsterdam.

New York State Route 5S passes along the south side of the Mohawk River.

Amsterdam is currently within New York's 21st congressional district.


Historical population
Census Pop.

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 18,620 people, 8,324 households, and 4,721 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,176.4 people per square mile (1,226.4/km²). There were 9,218 housing units at an average density of 1,573 per square mile (607/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.4% White (68.1% Non Hispanic White), 3.8% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander and 3.4% from two or more races. 26.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,146 households in the city. The average household size was 2.24. In the city, 25.0% of the people were under the age of 18 and 15.8% were age 65 or older.[7] The median income for a household in the city, based on data from 2007 to 2011, was $38,699.[7]


In the 19th century, the city of Amsterdam was known for carpet, textile, and pearl button manufacturing. It continued to be a center for carpet-making in the 20th century, when the Bigelow-Sanford and Mohawk Mills Carpet companies both were located in Amsterdam, but these companies have relocated to other regions. In the early 1980s, it was also the home of Coleco, makers of the ColecoVision, Cabbage Patch Kids and the Coleco Adam.

The enclosed shopping center, is currently named the Amsterdam Riverfront Center. The mall was once filled with clothing shops but is now home to the offices of doctors and politicians, radio station WCSS, and an off-track betting location.

Media in Amsterdam includes one newspaper company, WCSS.

Places of interest

Amsterdam's former National Guard Armory, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now a bed and breakfast inn called Amsterdam Castle.

Amsterdam's municipal golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones.

The city is home to the Amsterdam Mohawks baseball team of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The team plays at Shuttleworth Park.

Houses of worship



Amsterdam's government consists of a city council and a mayor. The mayor is elected in a citywide vote. The council consists of five members each elected from wards.

Mayors of Amsterdam

Name party Year(s)
Carmichael, John 1885
Kline, Harlan P. 1886
Liddle, Thomas 1887-88
Dwyer, John F. 1889
Waldron, Hicks B. 1890
Breedon, William A. 1891-92
Nisbet, Charles S. 1893
Hannon, George R. 1894
Fisher, William A. 1895-96
Kafman, William H. 1897
Westbrook, Zerah S. 1898-99
Wallin, Samuel 1900-01
Gardner, William A. 1902-03
Clark, Robert N. 1904-05
Dealy, Jacob H. 1906-09
Conover, Seely 1910-11
Dealy, Jacob H. 1912-13
Cline, James R. 1914-17
Conover, Seely 1918-19
Akin, Theron 1920-23
Salmon, Carl S. 1924-29
Gardner, William A. 1930-31
Brumagin, Robert B. 1932-33
Carter, Arthur Dem. 1934-43
Lynch, Wilbur H. 1944-45
Pabis, Dave R. 1946-47
Deal, Burtiss E. 1948-55
Martuscello, Frank J. Rep. 1956-57
Gregg, Thomas F. Dem. 1958-59
Martuscello, Frank J. Rep. 1960-63
Breier, Marcus I. Rep. 1964-67
Gomulka, John P. Dem. 1968-79
Villa, Mario Rep. 1980-87
Parillo, Paul Dem. 1988-91
Villa, Mario Ind. 1992–1995
Duchessi, John M. Dem. 1996–2003
Emanuele, Joseph Rep. 2004–2007
Thane, Ann M. Dem. 2008-incumbent

Notable persons

Notable natives or residents of Amsterdam include:



External links

  • City of Amsterdam website
  • Amsterdam Community website
  • Amsterdam Free Library
  • Montgomery County Historical Society & Museum
  • Amsterdam Business & Community links
  • Greater Amsterdam School District
  • (local newspaper)
  • David Pietrusza's Amsterdam
  • WMHT (TV)
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