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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.

Students march at Skidmore College
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Students at Skidmore College rallied for racial justice on the first day of classes Monday.

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.

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force
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The City of Saratoga Springs kicked off a series of community meetings last night on reimagining police, under a directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

David Snyder
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After armored police confronted Black Lives Matter protesters in a Saratoga Springs intersection two weeks ago, an aide for Democratic Mayor Meg Kelly has resigned. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, David Snyder is now considering a primary against his former boss.

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Shelters of Saratoga, a non-profit organization that provides emergency and case-management services to those experiencing homelessness in Saratoga Springs, has named a new executive director for the second time in as many years.

Last week, a counter-protest to a pro-police “Back The Blue” rally in Saratoga Springs drew a multi-agency police response. It included officers firing pepper bullets at demonstrators. Young people involved in the counter-protest shared comments with the city council Tuesday night. Meantime, the city has appointed a task force to host discussions on police-community relations in accordance with a state directive. 

Members of the Saratoga Springs City Council speak with City Attorney Vince DeLeonardis during Tuesday's regular meeting
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Officials in Saratoga Springs are developing a strategy to enforce a New York State regulation that requires the wearing of masks in public settings.

A situation where confidential employee information from the non-profit Shelters of Saratoga was uploaded to the Saratoga Springs city website is being chalked up to human error.

Tensions between Saratoga Springs residents of color and the city police department were put on full display in an online forum Wednesday night.

A hotel in downtown Saratoga Springs is now housing the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The City of Saratoga Springs has advanced a long-awaited project to locate a fire/EMS facility on the city’s east side. 

Caffè Lena staff on stage Saturday, March 14, 2020.
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Today is one of the stranger St. Patrick’s Days in memory, with venues closed and social gatherings banned due to the coronavirus pandemic. In Saratoga Springs, Caffè Lena, while closed to the public, is opening its doors to musicians. 

A parking sign
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The City Council in Saratoga Springs has approved a new downtown parking garage. The structure has been the subject of discussion in the Spa City for decades.

The Saratoga Springs City Center as seen from the steps of Temple Sinai.
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Parking in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York is always at a premium, never more so than during the summer tourism season. This week, city Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin announced some parking changes in the Spa City. Several long-term spaces are changing to short-term, and long-term spots are being reduced in a move designed to aid downtown businesses. Martin detailed the changes — and discussed the city’s search for a new police chief — in an interview with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Signs on a car outside a Saratoga Springs Planning Board meeting
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Residents who live near a proposed expansion at Saratoga Hospital remain opposed to the construction of a new medical office building. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended a packed public meeting Thursday night.