Amsterdam (city), New York
Amsterdam is a city located in Montgomery County, New York
Montgomery County, New York
As of the census of 2000, there were 49,708 people, 20,038 households, and 13,104 families residing in the county. The population density was 123 people per square mile . There were 22,522 housing units at an average density of 56 per square mile...

, USA. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 18,620. The name is derived from the city of Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. The current position of Amsterdam as capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is governed by the constitution of August 24, 1815 and its successors. Amsterdam has a population of 783,364 within city limits, an urban population...

 in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located mainly in North-West Europe and with several islands in the Caribbean. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders...


The city of Amsterdam is surrounded on the north, east, and west sides by the town of Amsterdam
Amsterdam (town), New York
Amsterdam is a town in Montgomery County, New York, United States. The population was 5,566 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.The town is adjacent to and borders the city of Amsterdam on three sides...

. The Mohawk River
Mohawk River
The Mohawk River is a river in the U.S. state of New York. It is the largest tributary of the Hudson River. The Mohawk flows into the Hudson in the Capital District, a few miles north of the city of Albany. The river is named for the Mohawk Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy...

 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.
The first Europeans to settle here were Dutch
Dutch people
The Dutch people are an ethnic group native to the Netherlands. They share a common culture and speak the Dutch language. Dutch people and their descendants are found in migrant communities worldwide, notably in Suriname, Chile, Brazil, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and the United...

 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
Guy Johnson
Guy Johnson was an Irish-born military officer and diplomat for the Crown during the American War of Independence. He had migrated to the Province of New York as a young man and worked with his uncle, Sir William Johnson, British Superintendent of Indian Affairs of the northern colonies. He was...

 built Guy Park
Guy Park
Guy Park, also known as Guy Park State Historic Site, is a house built in 1774 in the Georgian architectural style for Guy Johnson, nephew and son-in-law to Sir William Johnson, the British Superintendent for Indian Affairs in colonial New York...

, a stone Georgian
Georgian architecture
Georgian architecture is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of architectural styles current between 1720 and 1840. It is eponymous for the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover—George I of Great Britain, George II of Great Britain, George III of the United...

 mansion, but as a Loyalist
Loyalist (American Revolution)
Loyalists were American colonists who remained loyal to the Kingdom of Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War. At the time they were often called Tories, Royalists, or King's Men. They were opposed by the Patriots, those who supported the revolution...

, he fled to Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 during the Revolution
American Revolution
The American Revolution was the political upheaval during the last half of the 18th century in which thirteen colonies in North America joined together to break free from the British Empire, combining to become the United States of America...


It was incorporated
Municipal corporation
A municipal corporation is the legal term for a local governing body, including cities, counties, towns, townships, charter townships, villages, and boroughs. Municipal incorporation occurs when such municipalities become self-governing entities under the laws of the state or province in which...

 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
Wards of the United States
In the United States, a ward is an optional division of a city or town, especially an electoral district, for administrative and representative purposes...

 of the city.

The completion of the Erie Canal
Erie Canal
The Erie Canal is a waterway in New York that runs about from Albany, New York, on the Hudson River to Buffalo, New York, at Lake Erie, completing a navigable water route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. The canal contains 36 locks and encompasses a total elevation differential of...

 in 1825 was an economic boon to the city.

A dam on the Chuctenunda River, finished in 1875, allowed the city to become an important manufacturing area, primarily of carpet
A carpet is a textile floor covering consisting of an upper layer of "pile" attached to a backing. The pile is generally either made from wool or a manmade fibre such as polypropylene,nylon or polyester and usually consists of twisted tufts which are often heat-treated to maintain their...


In 1865, the population of Amsterdam was 5,135. By 1920, it was 33,524.

Severe weather in 2011

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


According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, 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
Mohawk River
The Mohawk River is a river in the U.S. state of New York. It is the largest tributary of the Hudson River. The Mohawk flows into the Hudson in the Capital District, a few miles north of the city of Albany. The river is named for the Mohawk Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy...

, 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 30
New York State Route 30
New York State Route 30 is a state highway in the central part of New York in the United States. It extends for from an interchange with NY 17 in the Southern Tier to the Canadian border in the state's North Country, where it continues into Quebec as Route 138. On a regional level,...

, a north-south highway called Market Street in part, crosses the Mohawk River to link the main part of Amsterdam to the New York State Thruway
New York State Thruway
The New York State Thruway is a system of limited-access highways located within the state of New York in the United States. The system, known officially as the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway for former New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey, is operated by the New York State Thruway Authority and...

. NY-30 also intersects east west highways New York State Route 5
New York State Route 5
New York State Route 5 is a state highway that extends for across the state of New York in the United States. It begins at the Pennsylvania state line in the Chautauqua County town of Ripley and passes through Buffalo, Syracuse, Utica, Schenectady, and several other smaller cities and...

 and New York State Route 67
New York State Route 67
New York State Route 67 is an east–west state highway in eastern New York in the United States. The western terminus of the route is at an intersection with NY 5 in the town of St. Johnsville...

 in the city. New York State Route 5S
New York State Route 5S
New York State Route 5S is an east–west state highway located in the Mohawk Valley of New York in the United States. It extends for from an interchange with NY 5, NY 5A, NY 8, and NY 12 in Utica to a smaller interchange with NY 890 in Rotterdam...

 passes along the south side of the Mohawk River.

Amsterdam is currently within New York's 21st congressional district
New York's 21st congressional district
The 21st Congressional District of New York is a congressional district for the United States House of Representatives that contains most of the Capital District of New York. It includes all or parts of Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties...



As of the census
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of 2000, there were 18,355 people, 7,983 households, and 4,686 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 3,086.5 people per square mile (1,191.1/km²). There were 9,277 housing units at an average density of 1,560.0 per square mile (602.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.0% White, 2.2% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 5.5% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. 16.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,983 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.3% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,517, and the median income for a family was $37,169. Males had a median income of $31,397 versus $23,681 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city was $16,680. 16.3% of the population and 12.4% of families were below the poverty line. 25.1% of those under the age of 18 and 12.4% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


In the nineteenth century, the city of Amsterdam was known for carpet
A carpet is a textile floor covering consisting of an upper layer of "pile" attached to a backing. The pile is generally either made from wool or a manmade fibre such as polypropylene,nylon or polyester and usually consists of twisted tufts which are often heat-treated to maintain their...

, textile
A textile or cloth is a flexible woven material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres often referred to as thread or yarn. Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands...

, and pearl
A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a mollusk, a pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other...

In modern clothing and fashion design, a button is a small fastener, most commonly made of plastic, but also frequently of seashell, which secures two pieces of fabric together. In archaeology, a button can be a significant artifact. In the applied arts and in craft, a button can be an example of...

Manufacturing is the use of machines, tools and labor to produce goods for use or sale. The term may refer to a range of human activity, from handicraft to high tech, but is most commonly applied to industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale...

. 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
Coleco is an American company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg as "Connecticut Leather Company". It became a highly successful toy company in the 1980s, known for its mass-produced version of Cabbage Patch Kids dolls and its video game consoles, the Coleco Telstar and...

, makers of the ColecoVision
The ColecoVision is Coleco Industries' second generation home video game console which was released in August 1982. The ColecoVision offered arcade-quality graphics and gaming style, and the means to expand the system's basic hardware...

, Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids is a line of dolls created by American art student Xavier Roberts in 1978. It was originally called "Little People". The original dolls were all cloth and sold at local craft shows, then later at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia...

 and the Coleco Adam
Coleco Adam
The Coleco Adam is a home computer, an attempt in the early 1980s by American toy manufacturer Coleco to follow on the success of its ColecoVision game console...

. Current industries include the Longview Fibre Company, the Fownes Glove Company, Power and Composite Industries, and Fiber Glass Industries (FGI).

The enclosed shopping center
Shopping mall
A shopping mall, shopping centre, shopping arcade, shopping precinct or simply mall is one or more buildings forming a complex of shops representing merchandisers, with interconnecting walkways enabling visitors to easily walk from unit to unit, along with a parking area — a modern, indoor version...

, formerly known as the Amsterdam Mall and currently named the Amsterdam Riverfront Center, is now home to the offices of doctors and politicians, radio station WCSS, and an off-track betting
Off-track betting
Off-track betting refers to sanctioned gambling on horse racing outside a race track.-US history:...


Media in Amsterdam include one newspaper, The Recorder, and two AM radio stations, WVTL
WVTL and 104.7FM is a radio station broadcasting an adult contemporary format. Located near Amsterdam, New York, in the town of Florida, the station serves the Albany area. The station is owned by Roser Communications Network, Inc.....

 and WCSS.

Places of interest

Amsterdam's former National Guard Armory, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the United States government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation...

, is now a bed and breakfast inn called Amsterdam Castle
Amsterdam Castle
Amsterdam Castle was built in 1895 by Isaac G. Perry, and is a former National Guard Armory located in Amsterdam, NY. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Amsterdam Castle was decommissioned in 1995, and purchased by the Diana family from the State of New York. The Dianas...

. It has been used as a location in several ABC
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. Its first broadcast on television was in 1948...

HGTV , is a cable-television network operating in the United States and Canada, broadcasting a variety of home and garden improvement, maintenance, renovation, craft and remodeling shows...

, and movie productions.

Amsterdam is also home to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, the only brick-and-mortar organization dedicated to the many legends of professional wrestling
Professional wrestling
Professional wrestling is a mode of spectacle, combining athletics and theatrical performance.Roland Barthes, "The World of Wrestling", Mythologies, 1957 It takes the form of events, held by touring companies, which mimic a title match combat sport...

. The annual inducation ceremony attracts wrestling fans from around the world.

Amsterdam's municipal golf course
Golf course
A golf course comprises a series of holes, each consisting of a teeing ground, fairway, rough and other hazards, and a green with a flagstick and cup, all designed for the game of golf. A standard round of golf consists of playing 18 holes, thus most golf courses have this number of holes...

 was designed by Robert Trent Jones
Robert Trent Jones
Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was a golf course architect who designed about 500 golf courses in at least 40 US states and 35 other countries all around the world...


The city is home to the Amsterdam Mohawks baseball team of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League
Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is an 8-team collegiate summer baseball league founded in 2010. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players are not paid so as to maintain their college eligibility...

. The team plays at Shuttleworth Park.

Houses of worship

  • Calvary Assembly of God
    Assemblies of God
    The Assemblies of God , officially the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, is a group of over 140 autonomous but loosely-associated national groupings of churches which together form the world's largest Pentecostal denomination...

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
  • Congregation Sons of Israel (Jewish
    Judaism ) is the "religion, philosophy, and way of life" of the Jewish people...

  • Covenant Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian
    Presbyterianism refers to a number of Christian churches adhering to the Calvinist theological tradition within Protestantism, which are organized according to a characteristic Presbyterian polity. Presbyterian theology typically emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Scriptures,...

  • Crossroads Community Church(independent
    Independent (religion)
    In English church history, Independents advocated local congregational control of religious and church matters, without any wider geographical hierarchy, either ecclesiastical or political...

  • First Baptist Church of Amsterdam (Baptist
    Baptists comprise a group of Christian denominations and churches that subscribe to a doctrine that baptism should be performed only for professing believers , and that it must be done by immersion...

  • First Reformed Church (Reformed
    Reformed churches
    The Reformed churches are a group of Protestant denominations characterized by Calvinist doctrines. They are descended from the Swiss Reformation inaugurated by Huldrych Zwingli but developed more coherently by Martin Bucer, Heinrich Bullinger and especially John Calvin...

  • Good Shepherd Church (Polish National Catholic
    Polish National Catholic Church
    The Polish National Catholic Church is a Christian church founded and based in the United States by Polish-Americans who were Roman Catholic. The PNCC is a breakaway Catholic Church in dialogue with the Catholic Church; it seeks full communion with the Holy See although it differs theologically...

  • Iglesia de Dios, Torre Fuerte (Hispana
    Hispanic is a term that originally denoted a relationship to Hispania, which is to say the Iberian Peninsula: Andorra, Gibraltar, Portugal and Spain. During the Modern Era, Hispanic sometimes takes on a more limited meaning, particularly in the United States, where the term means a person of ...

    Pentecostalism is a diverse and complex movement within Christianity that places special emphasis on a direct personal experience of God through the baptism in the Holy Spirit, has an eschatological focus, and is an experiential religion. The term Pentecostal is derived from Pentecost, the Greek...

  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Catholic
    Catholicism is a broad term for the body of the Catholic faith, its theologies and doctrines, its liturgical, ethical, spiritual, and behavioral characteristics, as well as a religious people as a whole....

  • Pilgrim Holiness Church
  • Salvation Army
    The Salvation Army
    The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian church known for its thrift stores and charity work. It is an international movement that currently works in over a hundred countries....

  • Segunda Sinagoga (Pentocostal)
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church
    Seventh-day Adventist Church
    The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian denomination distinguished by its observance of Saturday, the original seventh day of the Judeo-Christian week, as the Sabbath, and by its emphasis on the imminent second coming of Jesus Christ...

  • St. Ann's (Episcopal
    Episcopal Church (United States)
    The Episcopal Church is a mainline Anglican Christian church found mainly in the United States , but also in Honduras, Taiwan, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, the British Virgin Islands and parts of Europe...

  • St. Luke's (Lutheran
    Lutheranism is a major branch of Western Christianity that identifies with the theology of Martin Luther, a German reformer. Luther's efforts to reform the theology and practice of the church launched the Protestant Reformation...

  • St. Mary's (Roman Catholic)
  • St. Nicholas (Ukrainian Catholic
    Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
    The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church , Ukrainska Hreko-Katolytska Tserkva), is the largest Eastern Rite Catholic sui juris particular church in full communion with the Holy See, and is directly subject to the Pope...

  • St. Stanislaus (Roman Catholic)
  • The Time for Truth
  • Trinity Lutheran (Lutheran)
  • United Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian)

Public schools

  • William H. Barkley Elementary
  • William B. Tecler Arts in Education Magnet School
  • Marie Curie
    Marie Curie
    Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a physicist and chemist famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes—in physics and chemistry...

     Institute of Engineering & Communications
  • Raphael J. McNulty Academy for International Studies and Literacy

  • Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy
  • Amsterdam High School (part of the Greater Amsterdam School District, located in the Town of Amsterdam)

Former public schools
  • Clara S. Bacon Elementary

Private schools

  • St. Mary's Institute

Former private schools
  • Bishop Scully High School (Catholic)
  • St. Stanislaus
    Stanislaus of Szczepanów
    Stanislaus of Szczepanów, or Stanisław Szczepanowski, was a Bishop of Kraków known chiefly for having been martyred by the Polish king Bolesław II the Bold...



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.

List of Mayors of Amsterdam

Name party
Political party
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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.
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

Lynch, Wilbur H. 1944-45
Pabis, Dave R. 1946-47
Deal, Burtiss E. 1948-55
Martuscello, Frank J. Rep.
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

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
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Notable Amsterdamians

Notable natives or residents of Amsterdam include:
  • Gary Aldrich
    Gary Aldrich
    Gary Aldrich is a former FBI agent and author from Amsterdam, New York. His wife Nina is also an ex-FBI agent, and they have 3 children. Gary graduated from Miami Dade College. He founded the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, whose aim is, "promoting the U.S...

    , FBI
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is an agency of the United States Department of Justice that serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency . The FBI has investigative jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crime...

     agent assigned to the White House
    White House
    The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the president of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., the house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the Neoclassical...

     under Presidents
    President of the United States
    The President of the United States of America is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces....

     George H. W. Bush
    George H. W. Bush
    George Herbert Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States . He had previously served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States , a congressman, an ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence.Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, to...

     and Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Inaugurated at age 46, he was the third-youngest president. He took office at the end of the Cold War, and was the first president of the baby boomer generation...

    ; author of a controversial book about the Clinton administration
    Presidency of Bill Clinton
    The United States Presidency of Bill Clinton, also known as the Clinton Administration, was the executive branch of the federal government of the United States from January 20, 1993 to January 20, 2001. Clinton was the first Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win a second full term...

  • Bruce Anderson, Medal of Honor
    Medal of Honor
    The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President, in the name of Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her...

     recipient, American Civil War
    American Civil War
    The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ; the other 25...

  • Benedict Arnold
    Benedict Arnold (congressman)
    Benedict Arnold was an American politician from New York, and a member of the House of Representatives. He was born in Amsterdam, Tryon County, New York ....

     (1780–1849), United States Congressman from New York
    United States Congressional Delegations from New York
    These are tables of congressional delegations from New York to the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives.Over the years, New York has demographically changed so that it is hard to consider each district to be a continuation of the same numbered district before...

  • Felix Joseph Aulisi, New York Supreme Court
    New York Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court of the State of New York is the trial-level court of general jurisdiction in thestate court system of New York, United States. There is a supreme court in each of New York State's 62 counties, although some smaller counties share judges with neighboring counties...

     Justice, Appellate Division
    New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division
    The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division is the intermediate appellate court in New York State. The Appellate Division is composed of four departments .*The First Department covers the Bronx The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division is the intermediate...

  • Josh Beekman
    Josh Beekman
    Josh Beekman is an American football guard who is currently a free agent. He played High School football in his hometown of Amsterdam, New York. He played college football at Boston College. He won the 2006 Scanlan Award an award given by the Boston College Varsity Club Award to the senior...

    , former National Football League
    National Football League
    The National Football League is the highest level of professional American football in the United States, and is considered the top professional American football league in the world. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing...

     offensive guard (Chicago Bears
    Chicago Bears
    The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League...

  • Matthias J. Bovee
    Matthias J. Bovee
    Matthias Jacob Bovee was a U.S. Representative from New York.Born in Amsterdam, New York, Bovee attended the rural school until the death of his father in 1807....

    , United States Congressman from New York
  • Lucille Bremer
    Lucille Bremer
    Lucille Bremer was an American film actress and dancer.Bremer was born in Amsterdam, New York and began her career as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, aged 16. Bremer, along with fellow stars Vera-Ellen and June Allyson, appeared as a 'Pony Girl' in the Broadway musical Panama...

    , actress
  • Tim Buckley
    Tim Buckley
    Timothy Charles Buckley III was an American vocalist, and musician. His music and style changed considerably through the years; his first album was mostly folk oriented, but over time his music incorporated jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, avant-garde and an evolving "voice as instrument," sound...

    , musician
  • Todd Cetnar
    Todd Cetnar
    Todd Cetnar is a former professional basketball player in the United Kingdom and coach who competed at the highest levels of British Professional Basketball.-High school career:...

    , played professional basketball in the United Kingdom
    United Kingdom
    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

  • Jessica Collins (Birth name: Jessica Capogna), actress
  • Charles Dayan
    Charles Dayan
    Charles Dayan was an American lawyer and politician who was a United States Representative from New York from 1831 to 1833....

    , United States Congressman from New York and former Lieutenant Governor of New York
    Lieutenant Governor of New York
    The Lieutenant Governor of New York is a constitutional office in the executive branch of the government of New York State. It is the second highest ranking official in state government. The lieutenant governor is elected on a ticket with the governor for a four year term...

  • Kirk Douglas
    Kirk Douglas
    Kirk Douglas is an American stage and film actor, film producer and author. His popular films include Out of the Past , Champion , Ace in the Hole , The Bad and the Beautiful , Lust for Life , Paths of Glory , Gunfight at the O.K...

    , actor
  • Mary Anne Krupsak, New York State Lieutenant Governor
  • H. Edmund Machold
    H. Edmund Machold
    Henry Edmund Machold was an American lawyer, businessman and politician.-Life:...

    , Speaker
    Speaker of the New York State Assembly
    The Speaker of the New York State Assembly is the highest official in the New York State Assembly, customarily elected from the ranks of the majority party....

     of the New York State Assembly
    New York State Assembly
    The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York State Legislature. The Assembly is composed of 150 members representing an equal number of districts, with each district having an average population of 128,652...

  • Chris Marcil
    Chris Marcil
    Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil are an American television writing and television production team.-Producing credits:*How I Met Your Mother *Frasier...

    , television producer, writer, and actor
  • Marilyn Hall Patel
    Marilyn Hall Patel
    Marilyn Hall Patel is an active judge presiding in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She was Chief District Judge of that jurisdiction from 1997 until 2004, and heard several notable cases during that time....

    , federal judge for United States District Court for the Northern District of California
    United States District Court for the Northern District of California
    The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is the federal United States district court whose jurisdiction comprises following counties of California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San...

    , vacated the conviction of Fred Korematsu of the 1944 Supreme Court ruling in Korematsu v. United States
    Korematsu v. United States
    Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 , was a landmark United States Supreme Court case concerning the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066, which ordered Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II....

  • Rocco Petrone
    Rocco Petrone
    Rocco Anthony Petrone was an American engineer who was the third director of the NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, from 1973 to 1974...

    , Apollo program director
  • Todd Pettengill
    Todd Pettengill
    Todd Clark Pettengill is a radio disc jockey for WPLJ 95.5 in the New York area. He is perhaps best known for his tenure in the World Wrestling Federation as an on-screen interviewer in the mid-to-late 1990s.-Radio career:...

    , former professional wrestling show host and announcer for World Wrestling Entertainment
    World Wrestling Entertainment
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is an American publicly traded, privately controlled entertainment company dealing primarily in professional wrestling, with major revenue sources also coming from film, music, product licensing, and direct product sales...

  • David Pietrusza
    David Pietrusza
    David Pietrusza is a noted historian and author.-Career:David Pietrusza has produced a number of critically acclaimed works concerning 20th century American history, including a trilogy of works on presidential electoral history...

    , author
  • Justice Smith, football player (New York State High School Player of Year 1991, played professional football in Finland/Rovaniemi Arctic Circle Stars 1998)
  • Lemuel Smith
    Lemuel Smith
    Lemuel Warren Smith , is a convicted serial killer and rapist from Upstate New York who was the first convict ever to kill an on-duty female corrections officer.-Trouble from the beginning:...

    , convicted serial killer
  • Bobby Stewart, former professional boxer who was 1974 National Boxing Champion and later became Mike Tyson
    Mike Tyson
    Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson is a retired American boxer. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles, he was 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old...

    's first trainer.
  • Ray Tomlinson
    Ray Tomlinson
    Raymond Samuel Tomlinson is a programmer who implemented an email system in 1971 on the ARPANET. Email had been previously sent on other networks such as AUTODIN and PLATO. It was the first system able to send mail between users on different hosts connected to the ARPAnet...

    , implemented the first person-to-person network email
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  • Paul Tonko
    Paul Tonko
    Paul David Tonko is the U.S. Representative for , serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located in the heart of the Capital District...

    , Congressional Representative from New York, former New York State Assemblyman
  • Alex Torres, Grammy Award
    Grammy Award
    A Grammy Award — or Grammy — is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry...

    -winning performer and bandleader, founder of Alex Torres and the Latin Kings
  • Ruth Zakarian
    Ruth Zakarian
    Ruth Zakarian was the winner of the first ever Miss Teen USA pageant, held in 1983 in Lakeland, Florida. She went on to compete in Miss USA 1984 as Miss Teen USA 1983.-Miss Teen USA:...

    , (professional name Devon Pierce), actress on The Young and the Restless
    The Young and the Restless
    The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. The show is set in a fictional Wisconsin town called Genoa City, which is unlike and unrelated to the real life village of the same name, Genoa City, Wisconsin...

  • Roger Bowman
    Roger Bowman
    Roger Clinton Bowman was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates.-External links:...

    , professional baseball player
  • Tommy "Gunnz" Marcelllino, Professional MMA Fighter, XFE Lightweight Champion (2011)

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