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Code Blue Saratoga
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For the last two winters, the Salvation Army has hosted Saratoga Springs’ Code Blue program at its building on Woodlawn Avenue, on the city’s west side.

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In March, attorneys representing the Saratoga Spring Water Company sent a cease and desist letter to downtown’s Saratoga Juice Bar.

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The third-floor music hall at Saratoga Springs City Hall was filled for the Public Safety forum on the issue of aggressive panhandling. Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen assembled a panel consisting of the city’s police and fire departments and advocates for the disadvantaged.

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SPAC announced the capital campaign at its annual meeting Wednesday, intending it to coincide with the organization’s 50th anniversary season.

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In the last few weeks, the issues of vagrancy and aggressive panhandling have been on the lips of many in the Spa City. After a now infamous picture of a man appearing to defecate in front a local building circulated online, a petition was started urging city leaders to act.

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In December 2010, 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, of Wilton, was accidentally shot and killed by a friend.

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Inside a packed city council chambers on Tuesday night, it took nearly two hours for local residents and business owners to express their concerns or support for a downtown parking structure proposed by the Saratoga Springs City Center. The convention hall is seeking to build a parking garage on a hotly contested piece of property in the Spa City’s bustling downtown.

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A former president of Skidmore College has died. David H. Porter, the college's fifth president, was found on a path near his home in Saratoga Springs Saturday morning. The 80-year-old was reported missing Friday evening. Police do not suspect foul play.

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At a special city council meeting Thursday evening, the city’s appointed Technical Review Committee released its report on dueling designs for a multi-use parking garage.

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The entrance to Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs has just as much character as the club itself. It’s easy to walk by the door on Phila Street. Go up the creaky wooden steps, and you’re in the same room where Bob Dylan and Sawyer Fredericks both cut their teeth.

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The Saratoga Springs artist colony Yaddo has received a major gift to support a new visual arts studio.

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First Night will be returning to Saratoga Springs for its 20th year this New Year's Eve. Organized by Saratoga Arts, the celebration that draws thousands to Saratoga Springs features live music, performances, and fireworks.

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Law enforcement officials from across New York have gathered in Saratoga Springs for a week-long training session to learn leadership skills and new techniques to assist in running their local departments.

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A Homelessness Awareness Night will be held in Saratoga Springs Thursday evening.

Nearly two weeks after three Skidmore college students were struck by an alleged drunk driver, college officials are beginning conversations on campus and throughout the community on how to move on from the tragedy that killed a freshman student.

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At a crowded meeting last night in Saratoga Springs, local residents and members of the city council heard presentations on two competing designs for a downtown parking garage.

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One of the most closely watched factors in the Saratoga Springs elections Tuesday was the role of Saratoga PAC. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that some are calling the PAC the biggest loser of the bunch.

Joanne Yepsen declares victory in Saratoga
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All incumbents seeking re-election in Saratoga Springs held on to their seats for another two-year term, including Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen.

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It will be a busy election night in Saratoga Springs. With four contested races for City Hall and the introduction of the city's first Political Action Committee, WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard takes a look at what's at stake.

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The Times Union reports Saratoga Springs Public Works Commissioner Anthony ‘Skip’ Scirocco confirmed the presence of bedbugs after an exterminator was hired to eliminate sewer flies.

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NOTE: To see the first part of this story reported on October 21st, click here

The entrance of Saratoga’s first political action committee into city politics in 2015 has not been without controversy.

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With two-year terms and a unique structure of government, Saratoga Springs’ candidates for city government often face fierce political opposition. New to this year is Saratoga PAC – an organization that has raised more than $50,000 and has endorsed a bipartisan slate of candidates.

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Homeowners in Saratoga Springs would see a modest decrease in their property taxes under a new budget proposal and discussions are continuing on how to proceed with two recently submitted plans for a downtown parking garage.

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Saratoga Springs Republican John Safford is running against incumbent Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen. WAMC's Lucas recently spoke with Safford about some of the issues facing the Spa City that is seeing a boom in downtown investment and development.

To hear a conversation with incumbent Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen, click here.

The New York Racing Association has a new board member from Saratoga Springs. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, local officials are praising the appointment.

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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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Two new designs for a controversial Saratoga Springs parking garage project have been submitted.

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The Saratoga Springs City School District made headlines twice this week. The district has responded to the arrest of its school board president and a critical audit from the state comptroller’s office.

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While many agree that downtown Saratoga needs more parking, there has been an intense debate as to how to go about it in a city that is quickly filling up with new development.

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With the racetrack dark for the day, leaders in New York's horse racing industry assembled in Saratoga Springs to discuss the retirement of thoroughbreds – a topic that has long been the subject of equine advocates.

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