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Amsterdam awarded Trailblazer Award

Recognized for innovating programs

AMSTERDAM — The city recently received the Trailblazer Award for being one of the first communities to implement Community Officials Data Exchange program.

Amsterdam was one of three area municipalities that also received the award. The two other municipalities that received the Trailblazer Award were Gloversville and Schenectady.

According to a press release, the Trailblazer Award recognizes local governments who are pioneers of innovative practices that lead the way and serve as a model for other municipalities. The award recognizes the innovation behind the establishment of the C.O.D.E. project.

Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa was presented the award on Thursday at the Local Government Conference held in Albany.

“Once again it’s an honor to have Amsterdam at the forefront with this award. I must acknowledge former [mayor] Ann Thane, who began the process of this collaborative effort back in 2015. And we have continued to embrace this and are now ready to move forward in a big way,” said Mayor Michael Villa. “Sharing the award with neighboring communities, Schenectady and Gloversville represents the progress that can be made when you work in a collaborative effort.”

According to the release, the purpose of C.O.D.E. is to share owner property data as well as code enforcement process information so that local governments can collectively inform local and statewide decision making in preventing and mitigating property blight.

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