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A city landmark that hasn't functioned in a number of years may start getting its tick back. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, a group spearheaded by the Amsterdam Historic League is fighting to get the clock tower complex's namesake up and running once again.

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- "It's a sign that Amsterdam is coming back, and it's going to be visible from miles and miles away," said Robert von Hasseln, City Historian and Director of Economic Development.

You can see the landmark from just about anywhere in the city. Perched on top of Amsterdam Clock Tower Complex is the four sided time piece that gave the building its namesake.

"I've had a lot of people tell me when they were out on the road for business they always felt like they were home, like their journey was over, when they could see the clock tower lighted up," said von Hasseln.

Cobwebs show it's been a number of years since the clock's been able to light up. But a new partnership between the city, historic league, and owners is hoping to change that.

President of the Amsterdam Historic League, Gerald Synder, said, "We're trying to see who we can get to come in tell us what we need for costs, and figure out how to proceed from that point."

"With the city and the Amsterdam Historic League going out and getting all the information needed for how much it's going to cost, and all the leg work is a huge help, and we're going to do anything we can financially to make it happen," said Brett McCarthy, co-owner of the building.

Besides being able to leave your watches at home, the team says a ticking clock will mean a brighter future.

"I not only expect to see more businesses move into the clock building, I also see other people wanting to move around it and be part of the revival of Amsterdam," said von Hasseln.

The clock ticked for the first time on October 4th, 1922, the crew hopes it will tick again by its 91st birthday.

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