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SPAC revealed Elizabeth Sobol as the next President and CEO of the performing arts organization Thursday.

Last week, the group Sustainable Saratoga introduced a zoning amendment that would require new apartment developments to dedicate at least 20 percent of housing stock to “affordable” units.

Joining Saratoga County and the neighboring Town of Malta, Saratoga Springs approved a resolution Tuesday night to ask the State Department of Transportation to reconsider a proposal to close the Nelson Avenue Extension Bridge, which the agency calls costly to maintain.

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Saratoga Springs has become a hotbed for development. Much of downtown’s development in recent years has been in the form of new high-end apartments and condos. One recent headline showed a condo in the heart of the city for sale for $5.5 million.

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The backyard of the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion on Tuesday evening was jammed with racing fans. On a dark-day at Saratoga Race Course across the street, the show of opulence was here, with expensive cars being valet parked and a well-dressed crowd out back sipping drinks.

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Beside the famed Saratoga Race Course, the backstretch is always busy. Working for the trainers, grooms, blacksmiths, and others spend long days with the horses in between training rides and races. 

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Nearly 33,000 people attended Saratoga Race Course on opening day.

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As the sun comes up over the Oklahoma track, horses are already being worked out. This is where viewers can catch a glimpse of the thoroughbreds before the gates open across the street.

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A day before the gates on Union Avenue open to the crowds of opening day at Saratoga Race Course, local business owners and public officials gathered for a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Saratoga Springs.

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“This is the Karista Spring. Cheers!”

Steve Miller will tell you that each well in Saratoga Springs has its own taste and its own sound. Miller is president of the Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park, which has been working within the community to breathe new life into the springs that were all the rage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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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, New York, has long been famous for its naturally carbonated mineral waters. But concerns in the early 1900s that too many wells were threatening the aquifer prompted the state to shut down more than 100 of them and tightly control the flow of water.

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David Petronis has organized gun shows at the Saratoga Springs City Center for 32 years. Last October, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held with local officials and the Chamber of Commerce to mark its 100th show.

But after its August show, Petronis and New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates will have to find a new venue.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the world of Pokémon, you may not recognize the names of the virtual monsters being discovered in your neighborhood.

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If you head into downtown Schenectady to see a show, chances are you’ll see the guys in red jackets helping visitors across the street or giving directions.

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To the disappointment of thoroughbred racing advocates in Saratoga Springs, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers could not reach an agreement at the close of the legislative session to return the New York Racing Association to a private organization.The state will control the organization for another year.

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In 2012 Saratoga Springs adopted a measure to join the Complete Streets movement. Utilized in cities across the country, the concept promotes alternative forms of transportation and walkable communities.

Saratoga Springs residents will be able to get more information on a draft of the city’s Complete Streets Plan to make the city more bike and pedestrian friendly.

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The third-floor Music Hall at Saratoga Springs City Hall is a place where visitors from miles around still gather for a night on the dance floor.

What was originally built as a theatre in the 19th Century was remodeled in the 1930s into the space recognizable today. The space was reopened in 1993 and dubbed Saratoga Music Hall. 

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Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen says from an outside perspective, the city is doing great.

“We have all these wonderful venues, our economic vitality is strong, our summer looks promising, and new businesses are opening all the time and people are investing in Saratoga Springs, and it’s on the right track for so many reasons. But there are improvements that we can make within City Hall, and how the city functions and does business,” said Yepsen.

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In a four-to-one vote Tuesday evening, the Saratoga Springs City Council approved a measure that would make lying or sitting on a sidewalk punishable by a fine between $50 and $100 and/or community service. 

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Some Saratoga Springs area residents have come together to criticize what they say is a move by the Cuomo administration to retain public control of the New York Racing Association, the organization that oversees thoroughbred racing in the state.

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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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