Saratoga Springs

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The conflict over a proposed parking structure for the Saratoga Springs City Center continues. The owners of a neighboring restaurant are speaking out against a proposed zoning amendment that they feel would allow the project to block their existing solar panels.

    

  Chuck Palahniuk, the bestselling author of Fight Club will be in Saratoga Springs with his new novel, Beautiful You, about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure tomorrow night at 7PM in at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

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Tom Durkin, longtime announcer at Saratoga Race Course, will call his last race Sunday. Today, in the Winners’ Circle beside the flat track, Durkin opened up about his imminent retirement.

On Friday morning, sitting beside New York Racing Association President and CEO Chris Kay, Tom Durkin was brief in his opening remarks. Sunday will mark an end to his more than four-decade career of calling horse races, from the sport’s lower-level tracks to the heights of the Classic races.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Saratoga Springs, New York on July 29th for a book signing. The former New York Senator will sign her memoir Hard Choices, according to The Saratogian. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Northshire Bookstore starting at 10 a.m. Monday.

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Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen held her first town hall-style dialogue with city residents Tuesday evening, where community conversation was not dominated by casinos for a change.

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For Saratoga Springs, 2013 was a year of transitions. It was an election year featuring high-profile political campaigns, a controversial ballot initiative, and plenty of new faces getting in place for 2014.

On January 1st, 2013, former Saratoga County Clerk Republican Kathy Marchione left her position of more than 15 years to become state Senator for the 43rd District, a seat long held by Roy MacDonald. In February, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Democrat Peter Martin to the clerk’s office.

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Earlier this month, Saratoga Springs residents elected Democrat Joanne Yepsen to become their next mayor.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Yepsen about her time between now and January when she will succeed outgoing Republican mayor Scott Johnson, and her vision for the Spa City as she assembles a transition team.

Patrick Garrett

Saratoga Springs attracts many people who flock to the small city to see sites like the race course, Yaddo, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the historic downtown. But during election season and even in the weeks after the final votes have been counted, campaign signs dominate the landscape.

Thom Kaine

      

  Wildly entertaining humorist and actor Mo Rocca will join The Saratoga Wine & Food and Concours d'Elegance as this year's celebrity personality.

As co-host of the Live Auction with Master Wine Connoisseur Kevin Zraly and as part of the Culinary Tent experience, Rocca will bring his off-beat and satirical commentary, which can regularly be seen on CBS Sunday Morning and Cooking Channel's My Grandmother's Ravioli and heard on NPR's hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!.

  Since the inaugural meeting was held in August 1863, Saratoga Springs has been the scene of memorable horse races, often featuring legends of the sport. Although some of the epic moments are still familiar today, many of the triumphs and defeats that were once famous have been forgotten.

In their new book, 150 Years of Racing in Saratoga: Little-Known Stories and Facts from America's Most Historic Racing City, Allan Carter and Mike Kane take a look back at important but neglected stories and present statistics from the pre-NYRA years and a rundown of the greatest fields assembled at America's oldest track.

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