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Officials in Saratoga County are working to put in place a concealed carry permit system.  Sheriff Michael Zurlo said he’s been in conversation with gun club owners and pistol permit holders in Saratoga County to establish the unrestricted permit program.

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old Thomas Ferrara was admitted to the jail on Wednesday afternoon. He was found unresponsive less than four hours later.

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Sheriffs from three upstate counties are pushing for an online emergency response program to be used in schools across New York.

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A former Long Island police officer has pleaded guilty to killing his wife inside their upstate home, where he spent two days with her body before the slaying was discovered.

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Big changes are planned for the site of a recently closed prison in Saratoga County. 

Mount McGregor prison in Wilton was closed last July as part of an initiative by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to right-size New York’s correctional system.

While the executive branch has hailed the savings associated with the closures, due in part to a decrease in inmate populations, local leaders protested the closure of Mount McGregor for months, saying the loss of prison jobs would be a blow to the area.

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When Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo came into office in January of last year, he said he had never heard of “Project Lifesaver.”

State lawmakers are expecting passage of a bill that would help establish a regional visitor center for the upper Hudson and Hoosic river valleys.

As part of New York’s new budget, the embattled New York Racing Association, currently controlled by a state-appointed board of directors, has had its reorganization deadline pushed back another year. Now officials who had looked forward to the re-privatization of the organization are expressing their concerns.

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The man who has served as Saratoga County’s mental health director since September sexually harassed a female staff member while working for a state-run organization.

The Times Union reports that a 2008 state review revealed that Michael Prezioso sexually harassed Heidi DiTonno while working for the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany from early 2006 through spring 2007, and retaliated against her after the conduct was reported.  

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A case against a retired police officer accused of killing his wife last year has been postponed.

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Stillwater mayor Ernest Martin has held his job for 22 years and is being challenged by Rick Nelson, a lifelong village resident who has never held elected office.

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A new report examining the economic impact of the Saratoga Race Course shows the horse racing industry is having an increased footprint in the Capital Region economy.

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On February 1st, Zenith Care Health Group officially became the owner and operator of Saratoga County’s Maplewood Manor nursing home and not soon after, local media began reporting on staffing and quality-of-care issues at the 277-bed facility.

People voiced concern at two well-attended public meetings this month, but Zenith spokesman Aaron Lichtman said the community has been supportive of the company.

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The potential new owner of Saratoga County’s Maplewood Manor nursing home says it’s working to reduce the impact on current staffing levels as the home approaches privatization, but some cuts may be unavoidable.

The Saratogian newspaper reported earlier this month that employees at Maplewood Manor were handed a notice that up to 97 full- and part-time positions could be cut as the county-owned nursing home changes to private hands.

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The acting district attorney in Saratoga County has announced a special prosecutor will handle the case against a former Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy who allegedly slapped a civilian earlier this month. 

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The Saratoga County sheriff’s office has suspended an officer for an “inappropriate action” with a civilian after a video of the exchange was posted online. The video has since gone viral and attracted media attention across the country.

A press release states that the incident occurred during a roadside interview following a suspicious vehicle complaint early Friday morning in Halfmoon, NY.

The name of the officer has been reported as Sgt. Shawn Glans.

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Four candidates running for town board in the Saratoga County town of Halfmoon — two Democrats and two Republicans — have filed complaints against each for unfair campaign practices, and appeared before an elections fairness organization Wednesday evening.

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The privatization of a Saratoga County nursing home that has become a drain on the county’s finances has cleared another regulatory hurdle.

In December 2013, Saratoga County and Zenith Care Health Group entered a $14 million agreement to transfer ownership and operation of the county-owned Maplewood Manor nursing home to the Nassau County-based company.

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Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy announced his resignation Thursday, as he looks forward to running for County Court Judge in November.

The families of two teenage victims killed in a 2012 car crash have brought lawsuits against a man now in prison for crimes associated with their deaths. 

In December, Dennis Drue was sentenced to 5 to 15 years for 58 counts associated with the Saratoga County car crash that killed Shenendehowa High School students Christopher Stewart and Deanna Rivers and injured Matthew Hardy and Bailey Wind in December 2012.

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Lawmakers in Saratoga County have passed a resolution calling on General Electric to monitor flood plains along the Hudson River for chemical contamination. 

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General Electric has reportedly agreed to pay close to $8 million to settle a portion of five-year-old lawsuit brought by Saratoga County municipalities related to the company’s dredging on the Hudson River.

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The healthcare industry in Saratoga County is continuing its expansion, as officials gathered in Clifton Park Friday to break ground on a new cancer care center. 

“Thank you and I would like to officially, on behalf of the Town of Clifton Park, welcome New York Oncology Hematology to Clifton Park!"

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has announced a naval training facility in Saratoga County that was facing cutbacks will have its funding restored for the current fiscal year.

Schumer announced that the Navy will provide an additional $16 million toward keeping operations open at the Naval Nuclear Propulasion Program, operated by Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory at the Kenneth Kesselring site in West Milton.

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While reflecting on the recent military base shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, New York Congressman and retired army colonel Chris Gibson said one of the most important services provided to veterans suffering from mental illness is a peer-to-peer program.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency Officer Frank McClement and Peer to Peer Coordinator Amy Hughes on services available to service men and women.

Saratoga County, home to one of the fastest growing populations in New York, is also seeing an expansion of healthcare services.

According to the most recent U.S. Census, between the year 2000 and 2010, the Saratoga County population rose 9.5 percent, from 200,635 to 219,607, outpacing many of New York’s largest cities and population centers.

With that growth has also come an increased demand for healthcare services.

In late February, Saratoga Hospital cut the ribbon at its new Milton Health Center, located on Geyser Road in Ballston Spa.

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The District Attorney of Saratoga County announced Friday that he will be running for a new office.

Surrounded by his Republican colleagues at a press conference in Saratoga Springs, longtime district attorney James Murphy III formally announced that he is running for a new office.

“I am very, very pleased and privileged today to announce my candidacy for Saratoga County Court Judge,” said Murphy.

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Local leaders in Saratoga County are taking steps to distance the county from provisions under New York’s SAFE Act, one year after its enactment.

This week, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors’ Law and Finance committee advanced a measure proposed by County Clerk Craig Hayner and Sheriff Michael Zurlo to remove the Saratoga County seal from state-issued letters to county residents requesting pistol permit renewals.

Under the SAFE Act, in March, the state will be sending out 3,000 recertification letters to permit holders in Saratoga County.

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The Saratoga County Republican Party has selected a candidate to run for Congress in New York’s 20th District, where a longtime Capital District political figure cruised to reelection two years ago.

Recently, Jim Fischer was selected by the Saratoga County Republican Committee as the endorsed candidate to run in the Congressional race in the 20th District, a seat currently held by three-term Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko.

The 20th district was redrawn in 2012. Tonko, a former state Assemblyman, previously represented New York’s former 21st district.

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