saratoga springs http://wamc.org en Event Raises Awareness Of Public Services http://wamc.org/post/event-raises-awareness-public-services <p>Representatives of more than 100 social service agencies in upstate New York gathered in Saratoga Springs to raise awareness of available public services.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>At the Saratoga Springs City Center, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council celebrated its Annual Interagency Awareness Day.</p><p>A.C. Riley, President of EOC, said the event offers social service agencies from all sectors including healthcare, housing, and homelessness prevention visibility, and allows members of the public to become more involved with their communities.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:53:18 +0000 Lucas Willard 88352 at http://wamc.org Event Raises Awareness Of Public Services Capital Region Mayors Discuss Housing Issues http://wamc.org/post/capital-region-mayors-discuss-housing-issues <p>Several Capital Region mayors gathered in Schenectady Thursday to discuss the housing sector challenges facing their cities.</p><p>The mayors’ roundtable was part of the day-long summit “Strengthening Cities, Communities &amp; Homes.” Participants took part in discussions and heard from experts including leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:15:43 +0000 Lucas Willard 88016 at http://wamc.org Capital Region Mayors Discuss Housing Issues Casino RFA Raises Questions On Likelihood Of Saratoga Springs Casino http://wamc.org/post/casino-rfa-raises-questions-likelihood-saratoga-springs-casino <p>New York state has issued its much-anticipated Request for Applications to casino operators. Now, some observers think siting criteria could keep a full-size casino out of Saratoga Springs after all.</p><p></p><p>The Request for Applications to Develop and Operate a Gaming Facility in New York State was issued this week by the State Gaming Commission.</p><p>Casino operators seeking a full casino license under New York’s new casino gambling law must submit their applications, along with a $1 million application fee. The cost of the license is $50 million.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:41:14 +0000 Lucas Willard 87271 at http://wamc.org Casino RFA Raises Questions On Likelihood Of Saratoga Springs Casino Saratoga Springs City Council Adopts Resolution Against Casino Law http://wamc.org/post/saratoga-springs-city-council-adopts-resolution-against-casino-law <p>The Saratoga Springs City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing New York’s casino gambling law Tuesday night.</p><p> Hundreds of area residents packed into Saratoga Springs City Hall Tuesday. The room was seemingly split down the middle, red shirts on one side, white on the other – the colors associated with groups against and for casino expansion at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:19:44 +0000 Lucas Willard 85186 at http://wamc.org Saratoga Springs City Council Adopts Resolution Against Casino Law Retracing The Steps Of Solomon Northup In Saratoga Springs http://wamc.org/post/retracing-steps-solomon-northup-saratoga-springs <p>The story of Solomon Northup, a free man lured from New York and sold into slavery in 1841, is now known by a worldwide audience thanks to the Oscar-nominated film <em>12 Years A Slave</em>. The film, directed by Steve McQueen, shares the title of the narrative written by Northup after his rescue in 1853.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:28:40 +0000 Lucas Willard 84774 at http://wamc.org Retracing The Steps Of Solomon Northup In Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Commissioner Comes Out Against Full-Scale Casino http://wamc.org/post/saratoga-springs-commissioner-comes-out-against-full-scale-casino <p>Though Saratoga Springs is considered a contending location for a full-scale casino license in New York, another member of the Saratoga Springs City Council has come out against expanded casino gambling.</p><p></p><p>According to a letter<a href="http://blog.timesunion.com/saratogaseen/scirocco-urges-no-vote-on-casino/20544/"> posted online by the Albany Times Union</a>, Saratoga Springs Public Works Commissioner &nbsp;Anthony “Skip” Scirocco recently released a statement on his stance against the introduction of full-scale casino resort to the city.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 84724 at http://wamc.org Saratoga Springs Commissioner Comes Out Against Full-Scale Casino Outgoing Deputy Mayor Of Saratoga Springs Tapped To Serve In Clerk's Office http://wamc.org/post/outgoing-deputy-mayor-saratoga-springs-tapped-serve-clerks-office <div><div><p><span style="color:black">Saratoga County is preparing for its third County Clerk in three years</span><span style="color:black">. </span></p><p></p><p></p><p>Almost one year ago, former County Clerk Kathy Marchione left her post to become State Senator of the 43<sup>rd</sup> district. She’d served as Saratoga County Clerk for 15 years.</p><p></p><p>In April of 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Peter Martin as interim Clerk. But voters in November elected Martin to represent Saratoga Springs on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:55:20 +0000 Lucas Willard 80752 at http://wamc.org Outgoing Deputy Mayor Of Saratoga Springs Tapped To Serve In Clerk's Office Community Leaders Seeking Code Blue Program For Saratoga Springs http://wamc.org/post/community-leaders-seeking-code-blue-program-saratoga-springs <p>Community leaders in Saratoga Springs are seeking to establish a Code Blue program, just days after a woman succumbed to the elements outside the Saratoga Senior Center on a freezing night.</p><p>During the recent cold snap, 54-year-old Nancy Pitts died outside the Saratoga Senior Center. Now officials are working to prevent similar deaths in the future.</p><p>Mayor-elect Joanne Yepsen is leading the charge to establish a Code Blue program in Saratoga Springs. During a Code Blue alert, emergency shelters open their doors to anyone when the temperature dips below 10 degrees.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:13:11 +0000 Lucas Willard 80334 at http://wamc.org Community Leaders Seeking Code Blue Program For Saratoga Springs Casino Forum To Answer Questions In Saratoga Springs http://wamc.org/post/casino-forum-answer-questions-saratoga-springs <p>Residents of Saratoga Springs will have the chance tonight to hear from a range of experts on how controversial casino development could affect the area.</p><p></p><p>Tonight at Saratoga Springs City Center, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and Saratoga Springs Convention and Tourism Bureau will host a forum to examine the full-scale impact of the arrival of a resort-style casino in the Spa City following the passage of a statewide ballot proposal in November.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:12:09 +0000 Lucas Willard 79989 at http://wamc.org Casino Forum To Answer Questions In Saratoga Springs Some Saratoga Businesses Not Fretting Over Race Track Admission Increases http://wamc.org/post/some-saratoga-businesses-not-fretting-over-race-track-admission-increases <p></p><p>Last week, the New York Racing Association’s Board of Trustees voted 10-1 to raise admission fees at Belmont and Saratoga. General admission would raise from $3 to $5, and a seat in the clubhouse go from $5 to $8.</p><p>NYRA Board member Rick Violette said he thought it was possible the increase could keep some racing fans away, but it’s necessary.</p><p></p><p>“It’s never the right time to raise prices, it’s never a time to ask for more money – but we are running a business, and sometimes you have to bite the bullet and raise prices.”</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:20:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 79847 at http://wamc.org Some Saratoga Businesses Not Fretting Over Race Track Admission Increases