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New York News
5:53 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Event Raises Awareness Of Public Services

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Representatives of more than 100 social service agencies in upstate New York gathered in Saratoga Springs to raise awareness of available public services. 

At the Saratoga Springs City Center, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council celebrated its Annual Interagency Awareness Day.

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.

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New York News
2:15 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Capital Region Mayors Discuss Housing Issues

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Several Capital Region mayors gathered in Schenectady Thursday to discuss the housing sector challenges facing their cities.

The mayors’ roundtable was part of the day-long summit “Strengthening Cities, Communities & Homes.” Participants took part in discussions and heard from experts including leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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New York News
12:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Casino RFA Raises Questions On Likelihood Of Saratoga Springs Casino

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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.

The Request for Applications to Develop and Operate a Gaming Facility in New York State was issued this week by the State Gaming Commission.

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.

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New York News
1:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Saratoga Springs City Council Adopts Resolution Against Casino Law

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The Saratoga Springs City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing New York’s casino gambling law Tuesday night.

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.

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New York News
1:28 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Retracing The Steps Of Solomon Northup In Saratoga Springs

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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 12 Years A Slave. The film, directed by Steve McQueen, shares the title of the narrative written by Northup after his rescue in 1853.

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New York News
9:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Saratoga Springs Commissioner Comes Out Against Full-Scale Casino

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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.

According to a letter posted online by the Albany Times Union, Saratoga Springs Public Works Commissioner  Anthony “Skip” Scirocco recently released a statement on his stance against the introduction of full-scale casino resort to the city.

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New York News
3:55 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Outgoing Deputy Mayor Of Saratoga Springs Tapped To Serve In Clerk's Office

Outgoing deputy mayor of Saratoga Springs Shauna Sutton will serve under county clerk-elect Craig Hayner in the new year.
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Saratoga County is preparing for its third County Clerk in three years.

Almost one year ago, former County Clerk Kathy Marchione left her post to become State Senator of the 43rd district. She’d served as Saratoga County Clerk for 15 years.

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.

On January first, Republican Clerk-elect Craig Hayner, a Halfmoon town board member, will assume his new role.

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New York News
12:13 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Community Leaders Seeking Code Blue Program For Saratoga Springs

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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.

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.

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.

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New York News
5:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Casino Forum To Answer Questions In Saratoga Springs

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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.

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.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Some Saratoga Businesses Not Fretting Over Race Track Admission Increases

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.

NYRA Board member Rick Violette said he thought it was possible the increase could keep some racing fans away, but it’s necessary.

“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.”

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