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Proving Amsterdam's beautiful

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A picture is worth a thousand words and Amsterdam's mayor plans to prove that. As our Maria Valvanis explains, snapping photos could help save the city's unflattering reputation.

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- "Amsterdam is beautiful. The neighborhoods are beautiful," said Mayor Ann Thane.

Picture perfect homes line the streets of Amsterdam and Mayor Ann Thane wants to get the word out. In an initiative to fight the perception that all of the city is rundown, Thane is asking locals to snap photos, showcasing the city's beauty.

Thane said, "There are the most adorable homes, with gardens and manicured lawns and painting. I want people to start being proud publicly."

Thane is collaborating on the project with local blogger, Danielle Fazio. Any photos residents send in will be featured on the city's website, as well as Fazio's blog.

"We can start to post the pictures and put them up online instead of just the same old handful of negative people that post dilapidated buildings. It's not a fair perception of our city," said Thane.

"If I see something on a house that is really unique, I definitely take a photo of it and show it on my blog. I was surprised at how many I found," said Fazio.

And homeowners won't just be acknowledged on the web. Mayor Thane tells us she'll also be inviting them to the City Hall for a more formal recognition.

"We'll also recognize the residents that are doing this at our common council meeting, so that every time we have a common council meeting, we can really showcase how pretty Amsterdam is," said Thane.

Thane hopes the effort will bring the community together in a positive light, teaching outsiders why so many are proud to call Amsterdam home.

"Our mantra has become somewhat negative. We're going to change it back to being positive, you know, small city, big heart, come to Amsterdam, it's a great place to live," said Thane.

Fazio said, "It makes me really proud of my town doing this project. It makes me proud to be an Amsterdam resident."

If you would like to submit a home, you can email photos to Mayor Thane, at athane@amsterdamny.gov.

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