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Saratoga County officials speak Wednesday on Facebook Live
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Saratoga County is among the New York counties that are ahead of the statewide average in coronavirus vaccine distribution. 

But the county is still without its own state-run vaccination center, though officials have been ready for weeks to use the Saratoga Springs City Center as a mass vaccination site when enough supply is available. 

For an update on this and other matters in the county, WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Board of Supervisors Chair and Town Supervisor of Moreau, Todd Kusnierz.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo
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The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors has approved recommendations to improve policing under an executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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

Saratoga County IDA Chair Rod Sutton
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Saratoga County officials are encouraging business owners to take advantage of available grant funding to assist small companies during the pandemic.

Saratoga County officials speak Wednesday on Facebook Live
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Officials in Saratoga County provided updates Wednesday on a number of efforts related to assisting residents during the pandemic.

Saratoga County Health Services Commissioner Dr. Daniel Kuhles
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As the vaccine rollout continues, upstate New York continues to battle the pandemic on several fronts.

Ballston Spa Mayor Larry Woolbright (file photo)
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The Village of Ballston Spa in Saratoga County has taken politics out of its local elections.

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. 

Senator Charles Schumer and the Friends of Grant Cottage pose for a photo
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After a years-long push, the cottage where former U.S. President and Union general Ulysses S. Grant spent the last days of his life has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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…

The Saratoga Springs City Center
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With limited COVID-19 mass vaccination sites around the state, Saratoga County leaders say they are developing a plan to locate one in the City of Saratoga Springs.

Saratoga County seal
Saratoga County

The new year brings changes to the leadership at Saratoga County, and as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the moves are highlighting divides within county government.

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.

Saratoga County EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy
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Officials provided an update Tuesday on the recent discovery of the U.K. variant of COVID-19 in Saratoga County, traced to the N. Fox jewelry store in downtown Saratoga Springs. 

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A mid-December underage drinking party in Saratoga County has been linked to several cases of COVID-19. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, an investigation is underway. 

Saratoga County Public Safety Facility
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Saratoga County has opened its new public safety headquarters in Ballston Spa. 

Students Macy, Cameron, and Thomas speak during Wednesday's Facebook Live update
Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services/Facebook

At a time when they’d normally just now be heading home for the summer, Saratoga County schoolchildren shared their experiences of learning from home and imparted a little advice about how to get through the pandemic.

From left to right: Pete Bardunias, Cathy Medick, and Todd Shimkus
Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services/Facebook

The Capital Region could enter Phase Two of reopening next week. On Wednesday, Saratoga County business leaders answered questions from the public about what to prepare for in the days ahead.

The 1863 Club at Saratoga
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With COVID-19 dampening travel plans, economic development leaders in the tourist destination of Saratoga County are utilizing behavioral psychology to try to determine what potential visitors are thinking. 

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, masked.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's daily news conference today to discuss how federal funding is being used to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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New COVID-19 numbers are coming in as the pandemic claims more victims in the Albany area.

Saratoga County seal
Saratoga County

Some members of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors are continuing to call for a regular monthly meeting. The group has concerns about a decision made last month to pay some county workers time-and-a-half during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Saratoga County seal
Saratoga County

A pay raise for some Saratoga County employees during the response to the COVID-19 crisis is continuing to generate backlash, with some county supervisors pushing for a special meeting to address the issue.

Saratoga County public health officials and leaders at Saratoga Hospital answered questions from the public Monday related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Saratoga County seal
Saratoga County

With a state of emergency in effect, Saratoga County officials held an update on the novel coronavirus on Tuesday afternoon. 

The state capitol in Albany
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With a New York State budget due in less than a month, local officials in Saratoga Springs are counting on the restoration of state aid.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo says it was likely a meteor entering the atmosphere that caused an explosion seen and heard across several communities Sunday night.

The Homestead Infirmary
Saratoga County

After falling into disrepair after years of abandonment, a former hospital in Saratoga County will now go to the highest bidder.

A rendering of the planned medical office complex at 989 Route 146 in Clifton Park
Columbia Development Companies

Albany Medical Center hospital is expanding its network of urgent care facilities in the Capital Region. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Monday in the Saratoga County Town of Clifton Park.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo
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Included in the New York State budget signed April 1st is a provision to prohibit the release of mugshots by law enforcement departments. New York State troopers have already stopped releasing the photos, which are often shared on social media.

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