Mayor Joanne Yepsen

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In February, a proposed zoning amendment to build an expansion onto Saratoga Hospital failed after two recusals from City Council members: John Franck, Commissioner of Accounts, and Mayor Joanne Yepsen. Yepsen has worked in the past as a fundraising consultant for the hospital, and Franck, a CPA by trade, has worked with private clients in the affected neighborhood.

Because of a successful petition filed by neighbors against the hospital expansion, the zoning amendment would require a vote of at least 4 to 1.

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Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen is running for a second two-year-term against Republican challenger John Safford. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard speaks with the Democrat about her campaign and some of the most pressing issues facing city hall, including parking and downtown development.

To hear a conversation with John Safford, click here.

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Supporters joined the Democratic incumbent inside the Henry Street Taproom downtown. Joanne Yepsen, who began her first term as mayor in January 2014, is seeking another two-year term.

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Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen, now in her second year of her first term, is scheduled to deliver her State of the City address at 1 pm today. Before the speech, she spoke to WAMC’s Lucas Willard about what’s next in 2015 and her experience in 2014. Yepsen reflected on the division within the community over casino development, a topic that dominated city business for months.

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In February 2014, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren — then, all new officeholders — participated  in an Albany Law School forum called  “Leading a New Era in City Government: Women Mayors of Upstate New York.” 

A lot can happen in one year's time.  The three Democrats were voted into office during a time when women in politics were making gains nationally.  Each has her own unique governing style: each had a picture of what the year ahead might bring. Each reflects on what was hoped for versus what happened.

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Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen held her first town hall-style dialogue with city residents Tuesday evening, where community conversation was not dominated by casinos for a change.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren — all new officeholders — participated Wednesday in an Albany Law School forum called  “Leading a New Era in City Government: Women Mayors of Upstate New York.”

The public event at the school’s Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom gave attendees a personal glimpse into not only the day-to-day challenges faced by the three Democrats and their municipalities, but also their individual governing styles and the paths they took to leadership.