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A week after Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested in Saratoga Springs, angry demonstrators and local residents packed Tuesday’s city council meeting. A public comment period devolved into a shouting match, with some calling for moderated discussion between demonstrators and city leadership.

The front gates at Saratoga Race Course pictured Tuesday
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After a 2020 season closed to spectators, fans are returning to Saratoga Race Course today for the 2021 summer meet. 

Officers in riot gear arrested five protesters in Saratoga Springs
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Five arrests were made after police in riot gear pushed a crowd of protesters out of the roadway in downtown Saratoga Springs Wednesday night on the eve of the summer tourism season. 

The Saratoga Springs Assistant Police Chief has released a statement addressing controversial remarks he made during a June 28th press conference.

Officials cut the ribbon on the Promenade Apartments complex in Saratoga Springs
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Officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new affordable housing development in Saratoga Springs, a city that is becoming an increasingly expensive place to live.

Saratoga Springs City Hall (file photo)
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Saratoga Springs residents and Capital Region activists are objecting to recent remarks by the city’s assistant police chief that linked a violent late-night incident with racial justice advocates. 

Saratoga Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton
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Police in Saratoga Springs are investigating after a stabbing and shots fired incident early Saturday morning. According to authorities, a fight broke out on Caroline Street near Broadway involving 15 to 20 people just after 2 a.m.

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner and mayoral hopeful Robin Dalton speaks with supporters Wednesday
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An effort to establish a new non-partisan ballot line in Saratoga Springs city politics launched Wednesday.

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton
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First-term Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton is entering the race for mayor.

Ron Kim speaks in Saratoga Springs
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Another candidate for mayor of Saratoga Springs has officially entered the race. And as he’s a veteran of city politics.

Heidi Owen West
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The race for mayor of Saratoga Springs is shaping up. Well-known city business owner Heidi Owen West will appear on the Republican line in the race to replace outgoing Democrat Meg Kelly.

Members of the Saratoga Springs City Council met Wednesday over Zoom
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In accordance with a state mandate, the Saratoga Springs city council adopted a police reform plan Wednesday night ahead of an April 1st deadline.

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force
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Members of the group tasked with reviewing police standards and practices in Saratoga Springs are objecting to a recently released draft police reform plan.

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Like other Capital Region cities, Saratoga Springs is set to receive an influx of federal funding after President Biden signed the latest COVID relief bill. But the city is only expecting about half the amount it was hoping for in a previous bill. 

The stage inside UPH can be removed to accomodate different types of events
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Arts organizations in the Saratoga region are having a collective conversation about how to operate in a post-pandemic reality. 

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force
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The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force received some public comment Wednesday night on its draft police reform recommendations. But one case continues to dominate conversation around policing in the Spa City.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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The city of Saratoga Springs is preparing for an influx of federal aid and coronavirus vaccine. 

A concept image for a Saratoga Hospital medical office complex
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Saratoga Hospital has designs for a new medical office complex near its main campus in Saratoga Springs. After a similar effort failed in 2016, the hospital pitched a new concept to the city’s planning board Thursday night.

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force met Wednesday night over Zoom
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In compliance with a state mandate to “reimagine” policing, the Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force has approved a list of policy recommendations to be reviewed by the city council.

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton
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Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton announced this past week she’s running for a second two-year term on the city council, but she’s leaving the Republican Party first. 

A self-described moderate, Dalton says she no longer fits in with the party, and will seek re-election without a party affiliation. 

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Dalton about her announcement. 

The New York State Capitol in Albany
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Officials in the City of Saratoga Springs are once again lobbying the state legislature to restore aid funding from New York’s video lottery terminal gambling facilities.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly presents her 2021 State Of The City address
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Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly and members of the city council delivered the 2021 State of the City address Tuesday night. 

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force
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Facing an April deadline under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s directive, the Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force met Wednesday evening to discuss some proposed revisions to policing policy.

COVID-19 Diagram
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Frustration over New York’s coronavirus vaccine rollout continues to dominate discussion at the municipal level. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on Tuesday night’s city council meeting in Saratoga Springs…

Matt McCabe performing in a virtual performance at Caffe Lena in December 2020
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Matt McCabe, a pillar of the Saratoga Springs music community and a former city councilor, recently died after battling COVID-19. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, a tribute is being planned in his honor.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly
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Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly has decided not to seek a third term. The Democrat, now entering her fourth year as mayor, spoke to WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard.

Saratoga Spings officials met Tuesday for the regular city council meeting
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Saratoga Springs officials are complaining of a lack of communication between Saratoga County and the city as COVID cases continue to rise.

Protesters are separated by a mounted police officer in Saratoga Springs on July 30th, 2020
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In Saratoga Springs, 2020 brought an upended tourism season, a financial emergency at City Hall, yet another push for a new city charter, and loud calls for racial justice. 

Volunteers fill delivery bags with produce at the Saratoga Senior Center
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The Saratoga Senior Center normally provides hundreds of local residents with a place to socialize, exercise, or get a hot meal. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, the facility had to change the way it operates. For the latest installment of WAMC’s series on aging, reporter Lucas Willard learned about one of the critical services the senior center provides, even as its financial future remains uncertain.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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The Saratoga Springs City Council held a special meeting last night to pass an amended Fiscal Year 2021 city budget. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, city leaders are feeling a bit more optimistic about next year after recent national developments.

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