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The Historians is a weekly audio interview podcast that features authors and other guests who discuss the rich heritage of the Mohawk Valley NY region and the nation.

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Weekend Podcast "30 Minutes" with a Bob Cudmore invatation to Breakfast and Episode 292-Diana Waite on “The Architecture of Downtown Troy: An Illustrated History.” Waite, who lives in Troy, served a decade as executive director of the Preservation League of New York State. Focus on History Today in the Daily Gazette Marcus Breier, Amsterdam mayor and businessmanBy Bob Cudmore, Focus on History for 11-16-2019Brooklyn-born Marcus I. Breier, a Republican, never had run for elected office when he defeated Democratic Party political icon Arthur Carter in Amsterdam’s 1963 mayoral election by 1600 votes.While serving as the city’s chief executive, Breier continued to head his family’s clothing company, Breier’s of Amsterdam. He worked at City Hall in the morning and went to his factory then on Edson Street in the afternoon.He was the first city mayor to serve a four-year term because of a change in the city charter. However, under a provision in the charter change that was dropped after he left the mayor’s office, Breier was not allowed to seek a second term.He was the second Jewish mayor of Amsterdam. The first was attorney Carl S. Salmon, Sr. who was elected to three two-year terms in the 1920s.Born in 1912, to Benjamin and Golda Stern Breier, Marcus was a 1930s era graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School. He practiced law for a year before joining the family’s men’s clothes business, then named Marcus Breier & Son’s in honor of his grandfather. His grandfather founded the firm in New York City in 1898.Marcus’s father Benjamin moved the company’s manufacturing to Leonard Street in Amsterdam in 1933, while Breier’s showroom was at the Empire State Building in Manhattan.“Nothing was easy,” Marcus Breier recalled in 2008. “My father worked in Amsterdam all week and came home to New York City on the weekends. It’s impossible to know the sacrifices people made in the Depression.”Breier married Amsterdam native Eleanore Cramer in the 1940s. They had two sons and a daughter.On Breier’s watch the family business supplied the military with aviator jackets in World War II. He, along with other menswear executives and the New York Associated Men's Wear Retailers, helped popularize the Father's Day holiday. Monday, November 18, 2019-The Story Behind the Story Podcast focuses on Amsterdam Mayor Marcus Breier. Breier credited State Supreme Court Justice Felix J. Aulisi, a longtime friend, with encouraging him to enter politics in the 1960s, saying, “He put the bug in my ear.”During Breier’s four years as mayor, urban renewal took hold in Amsterdam. The public safety building on Guy Park Avenue extension was started and Veterans Park on Locust Avenue was developed. The low income and senior citizen housing projects on Division Street were begun as was the north-south Route 30 arterial highway.Breier worked with Democratic Congressman Samuel Stratton and Republican Governor Nelson Rockefeller to secure funds for Amsterdam for urban renewal and other projects.He instituted a youth employment program. I was among those hired the summer of 1964 to work as a laborer in the city public works department. The image of a Dutch-style windmill was made part of the city seal during the Breier administration.Breier was succeeded in office in 1968 by Democrat John P. Gomulka who was elected to three four-year terms.Breier did not leave politics but starting in 1969 went on to win elections to multiple terms as Amsterdam First Ward Supervisor, serving on the Montgomery County Board. Breier also did a stint as county board chairman. An active member of Congregation Sons of Israel, he was president of the synagogue on several occasions. He also wrote a history of Amsterdam, available at the local library. He and his wife Eleanore maintained a home on McClellan Avenue in Amsterdam for almost seven decades. They also had residences in Northville, N.Y., and the state of Florida. Marcus Breier died in 2010 in Miami, Florida at age 97. He was b

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Diana Waite

Friday, November 15, 2019-Episode 292-Diana Waite on “The Architecture of Downtown Troy: An Illustrated History.” Waite, who lives in Troy, served a decade as executive director of the Preservation League of New York State.

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Patricia Fennell

Sunday, November 10, 2019-Patricia Fennell of Albany Health Management Associates is Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town. She counsels clients on chronic illness and trauma.http://www.albanyhealthmanagement.com/

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Bill Buell

Friday, November 8, 2019-Episode 291-Bill Buell discusses his new book on Schenectady’s socialist mayor, “George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady.” Buell is Schenectady County historian and worked many years as a reporter and feature writer for the Daily Gazette.

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Ned Jones/Siena College

Sunday, November 3, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Ned Jones, director of enrollment management at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.

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Arthur Piccolo

Friday, November 1, 2019-Episode 290-Arthur Piccolo has stories about the fascinating history of New York City’s oldest public park, Bowling Green in lower Manhattan.You Tubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyl9-6DdLlp-6ac8jfJ4dDg/videos

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Arthur Piccolo

Sara Foss

Sunday, October 27, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Daily Gazette news columnist Sara Foss.

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Sara Foss

Kimberly Collins

Friday, October 25, 2019-Episode 289-Kimberly Collins focuses on women’s involvement in the 1912 Appalachian Coal Mine Wars in her native West Virginia in her historical novel “Blood Creek.”

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Maggie Mancinelli Cahill

Sunday, October 20, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Maggie Mancinelli Cahill of Capital Rep Theatre in Albany.

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David Cooney

Friday, October 18, 2019-Episode 288-Army veteran and Utica College student David Cooney discusses his research on upstate New York prisoner of war camps where German soldiers were housed in World War II. One such camp was near today’s Fort Drum and another was in Utica.

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David Cooney

Latest Episodes

Bob Cudmore/The Historians

Weekend Podcast "30 Minutes" with a Bob Cudmore invatation to Breakfast and Episode 292-Diana Waite on “The Architecture of Downtown Troy: An Illustrated History.” Waite, who lives in Troy, served a decade as executive director of the Preservation League of New York State. Focus on History Today in the Daily Gazette Marcus Breier, Amsterdam mayor and businessmanBy Bob Cudmore, Focus on History for 11-16-2019Brooklyn-born Marcus I. Breier, a Republican, never had run for elected office when he defeated Democratic Party political icon Arthur Carter in Amsterdam’s 1963 mayoral election by 1600 votes.While serving as the city’s chief executive, Breier continued to head his family’s clothing company, Breier’s of Amsterdam. He worked at City Hall in the morning and went to his factory then on Edson Street in the afternoon.He was the first city mayor to serve a four-year term because of a change in the city charter. However, under a provision in the charter change that was dropped after he left the mayor’s office, Breier was not allowed to seek a second term.He was the second Jewish mayor of Amsterdam. The first was attorney Carl S. Salmon, Sr. who was elected to three two-year terms in the 1920s.Born in 1912, to Benjamin and Golda Stern Breier, Marcus was a 1930s era graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School. He practiced law for a year before joining the family’s men’s clothes business, then named Marcus Breier & Son’s in honor of his grandfather. His grandfather founded the firm in New York City in 1898.Marcus’s father Benjamin moved the company’s manufacturing to Leonard Street in Amsterdam in 1933, while Breier’s showroom was at the Empire State Building in Manhattan.“Nothing was easy,” Marcus Breier recalled in 2008. “My father worked in Amsterdam all week and came home to New York City on the weekends. It’s impossible to know the sacrifices people made in the Depression.”Breier married Amsterdam native Eleanore Cramer in the 1940s. They had two sons and a daughter.On Breier’s watch the family business supplied the military with aviator jackets in World War II. He, along with other menswear executives and the New York Associated Men's Wear Retailers, helped popularize the Father's Day holiday. Monday, November 18, 2019-The Story Behind the Story Podcast focuses on Amsterdam Mayor Marcus Breier. Breier credited State Supreme Court Justice Felix J. Aulisi, a longtime friend, with encouraging him to enter politics in the 1960s, saying, “He put the bug in my ear.”During Breier’s four years as mayor, urban renewal took hold in Amsterdam. The public safety building on Guy Park Avenue extension was started and Veterans Park on Locust Avenue was developed. The low income and senior citizen housing projects on Division Street were begun as was the north-south Route 30 arterial highway.Breier worked with Democratic Congressman Samuel Stratton and Republican Governor Nelson Rockefeller to secure funds for Amsterdam for urban renewal and other projects.He instituted a youth employment program. I was among those hired the summer of 1964 to work as a laborer in the city public works department. The image of a Dutch-style windmill was made part of the city seal during the Breier administration.Breier was succeeded in office in 1968 by Democrat John P. Gomulka who was elected to three four-year terms.Breier did not leave politics but starting in 1969 went on to win elections to multiple terms as Amsterdam First Ward Supervisor, serving on the Montgomery County Board. Breier also did a stint as county board chairman. An active member of Congregation Sons of Israel, he was president of the synagogue on several occasions. He also wrote a history of Amsterdam, available at the local library. He and his wife Eleanore maintained a home on McClellan Avenue in Amsterdam for almost seven decades. They also had residences in Northville, N.Y., and the state of Florida. Marcus Breier died in 2010 in Miami, Florida at age 97. He was b

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Diana Waite

Friday, November 15, 2019-Episode 292-Diana Waite on “The Architecture of Downtown Troy: An Illustrated History.” Waite, who lives in Troy, served a decade as executive director of the Preservation League of New York State.

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Diana Waite

Patricia Fennell

Sunday, November 10, 2019-Patricia Fennell of Albany Health Management Associates is Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town. She counsels clients on chronic illness and trauma.http://www.albanyhealthmanagement.com/

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Patricia Fennell

Bill Buell

Friday, November 8, 2019-Episode 291-Bill Buell discusses his new book on Schenectady’s socialist mayor, “George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady.” Buell is Schenectady County historian and worked many years as a reporter and feature writer for the Daily Gazette.

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Bill Buell

Ned Jones/Siena College

Sunday, November 3, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Ned Jones, director of enrollment management at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.

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Ned Jones/Siena College

Arthur Piccolo

Friday, November 1, 2019-Episode 290-Arthur Piccolo has stories about the fascinating history of New York City’s oldest public park, Bowling Green in lower Manhattan.You Tubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyl9-6DdLlp-6ac8jfJ4dDg/videos

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Arthur Piccolo

Sara Foss

Sunday, October 27, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Daily Gazette news columnist Sara Foss.

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Sara Foss

Kimberly Collins

Friday, October 25, 2019-Episode 289-Kimberly Collins focuses on women’s involvement in the 1912 Appalachian Coal Mine Wars in her native West Virginia in her historical novel “Blood Creek.”

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Kimberly Collins

Maggie Mancinelli Cahill

Sunday, October 20, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Maggie Mancinelli Cahill of Capital Rep Theatre in Albany.

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Maggie Mancinelli Cahill

David Cooney

Friday, October 18, 2019-Episode 288-Army veteran and Utica College student David Cooney discusses his research on upstate New York prisoner of war camps where German soldiers were housed in World War II. One such camp was near today’s Fort Drum and another was in Utica.

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David Cooney
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