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Charter Change

Ron Kim speaks at a press conference organized by It's Time Saratoga
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Saratogians seeking to change the Spa City’s system of government started their campaign today in support of a new city charter ahead of Election Day.

Jane Weihe and Connie Woytowich announce the formation of group Saratoga Works in Congress Park
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For the third time in eight years, a proposal that would change Saratoga Springs’ system of government will appear on the November ballot.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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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.

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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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UPDATED 11/8/17  10:48 a.m.

Saratoga Springs voters have selected a new mayor. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Democrat Meg Kelly will succeed her boss — outgoing mayor Joanne Yepsen.

In a city with a long history of switching between Democratic and Republican mayors, Meg Kelly held the office for Saratoga Springs Democrats.

After serving as Deputy Mayor under outgoing Democratic Mayor Joanne Yepsen since July 2016, Kelly will remain in city hall under a new title for the next two years.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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In a time of political turmoil in Saratoga Springs, one thing is for sure: the Spa City is getting a new mayor. Current Deputy Mayor Meg Kelly, a Democrat, and former Saratoga Springs City Center President Mark Baker, a Republican, are campaigning for the seat held by outgoing Mayor Joanne Yepsen.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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Part of the city of Plattsburgh’s plan to stabilize its budget includes the elimination of four city departments.  When councilors voted this summer to approve the plan in an attempt to save more than a million dollars in the 2018 budget, the department heads anticipated they would have their jobs until the end of the year.  But now they have been notified that they must leave on October 4th.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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Saratoga Springs voters will decide this Election Day if they want to adopt a new city charter. The commission tasked with designing the new governing document has released a financial review of the plan.

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In addition to choosing their city leaders at the ballot box this November, voters in Saratoga Springs will also have the opportunity to select a new city charter.

Luke Cyphers addresses Plattsburgh City Council
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Last week, Plattsburgh city leaders approved eliminating four departments in an attempt to save more than a million dollars in the 2018 budget.  During this week’s meeting, the Common Council approved public hearings on city charter changes to remove those departments.

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In November, voters in Saratoga Springs will decide if they want a new form of city government. The city’s Charter Review Commission gathered input on its new draft charter at a public forum Wednesday night.

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The Gloversville Common Council Tuesday approved a measure that would put the issue of charter change before voters this November.

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The gun control measures passed by Burlington voters on Town Meeting Day must also be approved by legislators in Montpelier. But it appears unlikely lawmakers will take up the measures before the end of this session.