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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
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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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Saratoga Springs Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan recently announced her upcoming retirement.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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The Saratoga Senior Center is at risk of losing critical funding as the City of Saratoga Springs faces a tough budget year. 

Ron Kim speaks at a press conference organized by It's Time Saratoga
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Neither boosters for or against a proposed charter change in Saratoga Springs are celebrating a win yet. 

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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Voters in Saratoga Springs will once again decide whether to adopt a new city charter on Election Day. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the effort has mobilized two political organizations in the Spa City.

Saratoga Springs Police Chief Shane Crooks (file photo)
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The chiefs of the Saratoga Springs police and fire departments are warning of stark realities if the proposed city budget is approved.

The 2021 proposed budget for Saratoga Springs
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After a challenging year, the City of Saratoga Springs is again bracing for impact as the pandemic persists and state and federal aid remain elusive.

Protesters demonstrate in Congress Park in July (file photo)
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The City of Saratoga Springs is delivering a message to demonstrators after complaints submitted during a Black Lives Matter protest last week.

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.

Duane Vaughn
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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
City of Saratoga Springs meeting livestream

Officials in Saratoga Springs are developing a strategy to enforce a New York State regulation that requires the wearing of masks in public settings.

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