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This summer the Saratoga Performing Arts Center will present perennial favorites like The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, the New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Opera Saratoga; and new series like the Out of this World Festival, SPAC @ Caffè Lena, SPAC on Stage, and Freihofer’s Live at the Jazz Bar.

SPAC President Elizabeth Sobol is here to give us an overview of what the next few months have to offer.

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A new charter review commission is gathering input on the Saratoga Springs City Charter. The group formed earlier this year is comprised of city administrators and is seeking ways to improve the current system of government. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has an update.

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The City of Saratoga Springs has a new tool to tackle vacant and abandoned structures.

Saratoga Springs is in demand, with ongoing commercial and residential development and real estate prices soaring.


Months after a close vote in November, the former chairman of the Saratoga Springs charter review commission is continuing his push to make public the electronic ballot images from the contest to change the Spa City’s system of government. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard says a recent court decision could change things.

Debate over a proposed emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs continues.

The Saratoga Springs Planning Board will hold a public hearing on a controversial emergency homeless shelter Thursday night.

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A ban on a long-standing tradition during track season in Saratoga Springs has been reversed, with some new restrictions.

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Gun shows at the Saratoga Springs City Center will soon be a thing of the past. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the city council Friday voted on a measure that will effectively halt one of the venue’s longest-running events.


The Saratoga Springs City Council is scheduled to vote Friday morning on a measure that would ban sales of guns and ammunition inside a downtown venue.

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Though she supported a change to the city’s system of government on the campaign trail last year, Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly has announced the formation of a new commission to examine the Spa City’s charter. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports any changes would not alter the city’s unique governing structure.

 UPDATE 3/7/18: The kickoff event for CapitalWomen Saratoga has been postponed to March 21st due to weather. The original story is posted below.

Familiar faces in Saratoga Springs are expanding a Capital Region political organization that advocates for women in politics.


A petition to re-count ballots in Saratoga Springs’ close charter change vote in November has been denied by a judge. But petitioners are not giving up.

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Note 2/8/18: A longer version of this story has been uploaded.

A group of Saratoga Springs residents has filed a lawsuit against the city and non-profit Shelters of Saratoga over the recent approval of an emergency homeless shelter.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced its 2018 classical season.

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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stopped in Saratoga Springs today to speak to educators and students about the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Math, or STEM, learning. 

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Residents of Saratoga Springs — a city with a booming downtown — gathered Tuesday night to ask questions and hear from developers about how to manage growth.

Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY has partnered with Yaddo to bring the best in new writing and new ideas to the Capital District for the speaker series “Yaddo Presents.”

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Trump Inauguration and this anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors, grappling with the fundamental ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democracy through fiction.

The anthology is a beautiful collection that looks to resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul.

Anthology editor Jonathan Santlofer and contributor  Russell Banks will discuss the book and their work this Thursday, February 1st at Northshire Books in Saratoga Springs.

A recent report by credit rating agency Moody’s has examined the impact of casinos in upstate New York. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the word used to describe the casino ecosystem is “cannibalization.”

A brewery in Saratoga Springs abruptly shut its doors recently. With no clear answers in sight, what happens next? WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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A plan to build a permanent emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs has gotten the green light after months of delays. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief LucasWillard was at Monday night’s decisive meeting.


Tomorrow, Saratoga Springs will have a new mayor. Democrat Meg Kelly, who for the last year-and-a-half has served as Deputy Mayor under outgoing Democrat Joanne Yepsen, will remain in city hall as mayor for her first two-year term.

WAMC’s Lucas Willard asked Kelly about her work that will continue into 2018.

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The push continues for a permanent emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs. One plan to build a shelter in a residential zone is being met with pushback from neighbors.

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Democrat Joanne Yepsen has served Saratoga Springs as mayor for the past four years. Prior to her two terms, Yepsen served eight years as a county supervisor.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Friday night kicked off their holiday season with the Orchestra of St. Luke's performing Bach's Brandenburg concertos at the Bethesda Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs.

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center is kicking off the holiday season with a set of special performances Friday night. But as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the music will be not played on SPAC grounds.

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Supporters of the DREAM Act held a national day of action on Wednesday. Advocates rallied in Washington D.C. while other, smaller demonstrations in support of immigrants brought to the United States as children went on in communities across the country. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one such gathering in Saratoga Springs.

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The first season of the Capital Region's bike-share program is being hailed as a major success.

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Supporters of changing Saratoga Springs’ system of government are preparing for a narrow defeat after the counting of absentee ballots.

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After 18 months of public hearings, testimony and campaigning, charter change advocates in Saratoga Springs are coming to terms with what appears to be a razor-thin defeat. The periodic vote to change the city’s commission-style form of government to one led by an appointed city manager was too close to call on Election Night. After absentee ballots were tallied Tuesday, “no” had a 10-vote lead with 18 military ballots still out. Skidmore College professor Bob Turner chaired the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission.

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The outcome of a ballot referendum on Saratoga Springs’ city charter may be determined Tuesday.

After polls were closed on Election Night, votes to change Saratoga Springs’ system of government were up by 48. More than 500 absentee ballots have not been counted.