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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has announced a naval training facility in Saratoga County that was facing cutbacks will have its funding restored for the current fiscal year.

Schumer announced that the Navy will provide an additional $16 million toward keeping operations open at the Naval Nuclear Propulasion Program, operated by Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory at the Kenneth Kesselring site in West Milton.

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While reflecting on the recent military base shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, New York Congressman and retired army colonel Chris Gibson said one of the most important services provided to veterans suffering from mental illness is a peer-to-peer program.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency Officer Frank McClement and Peer to Peer Coordinator Amy Hughes on services available to service men and women.

Saratoga County, home to one of the fastest growing populations in New York, is also seeing an expansion of healthcare services.

According to the most recent U.S. Census, between the year 2000 and 2010, the Saratoga County population rose 9.5 percent, from 200,635 to 219,607, outpacing many of New York’s largest cities and population centers.

With that growth has also come an increased demand for healthcare services.

In late February, Saratoga Hospital cut the ribbon at its new Milton Health Center, located on Geyser Road in Ballston Spa.

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The District Attorney of Saratoga County announced Friday that he will be running for a new office.

Surrounded by his Republican colleagues at a press conference in Saratoga Springs, longtime district attorney James Murphy III formally announced that he is running for a new office.

“I am very, very pleased and privileged today to announce my candidacy for Saratoga County Court Judge,” said Murphy.

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Local leaders in Saratoga County are taking steps to distance the county from provisions under New York’s SAFE Act, one year after its enactment.

This week, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors’ Law and Finance committee advanced a measure proposed by County Clerk Craig Hayner and Sheriff Michael Zurlo to remove the Saratoga County seal from state-issued letters to county residents requesting pistol permit renewals.

Under the SAFE Act, in March, the state will be sending out 3,000 recertification letters to permit holders in Saratoga County.

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The Saratoga County Republican Party has selected a candidate to run for Congress in New York’s 20th District, where a longtime Capital District political figure cruised to reelection two years ago.

Recently, Jim Fischer was selected by the Saratoga County Republican Committee as the endorsed candidate to run in the Congressional race in the 20th District, a seat currently held by three-term Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko.

The 20th district was redrawn in 2012. Tonko, a former state Assemblyman, previously represented New York’s former 21st district.

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Saratoga County is preparing for its third County Clerk in three years.

Almost one year ago, former County Clerk Kathy Marchione left her post to become State Senator of the 43rd district. She’d served as Saratoga County Clerk for 15 years.

In April of 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Peter Martin as interim Clerk. But voters in November elected Martin to represent Saratoga Springs on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.

On January first, Republican Clerk-elect Craig Hayner, a Halfmoon town board member, will assume his new role.

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Community leaders in Saratoga Springs gathered to announce record-breaking revenues in connection with the 2013 tourism season and 150th anniversary of the Saratoga Race Course. 

A team of hospitality and tourism industry representatives called this year the strongest summer season on record. At the Saratoga City Center, they discussed the increase in revenues from hotel room reservations from the summer of 2013.

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GlobalFoundries hosted an open house at its computer chip fabrication facility in the Saratoga County town of Malta Monday evening. 

GlobalFoundries held the event to allow workers’ families and community members to see the facility and get a better understanding of how the company and its Fab 8 semiconductor manufacturing facility operate.

The company operates its Fab 8 campus at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta, and employs more than 1,000 workers at the facility.

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National, state, and local officials gathered in the Saratoga County town of Northumberland today to mark the completed restoration of an historic bridge that connects a system of recreational trails.

The crowd gathered on the newly refurbished Dix Bridge spanning the Hudson River between Greenwich and Northumberland, connecting Washington and Saratoga Counties. The original structure was constructed in 1895, and since 2009 local organizations and municipalities have worked to transform the aging span into an accessible walkway open to pedestrians, cyclists and snowmobilers.

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The New York town of Ballston recently voted to stop buying water from Saratoga County after testing revealed some concerns over water quality.

The town of Ballston buys water from both the Saratoga County Water Authority and the neighboring Town of Glenville. Recent testing revealed that treated water from Saratoga County contains an elevated level of chlorination byproducts. However, the levels are not higher than federal standards.

The Republican primary race for Saratoga County Sheriff ended this week in a close vote, and observers are now weighing in on what it will take to capture victory this November.

Republican candidate Mike Zurlo claimed victory in the primary over Jeff Gildersleeve after a contentious summer campaign season that was highlighted by a lawsuit and criminal complaints.

Jeff Gildersleeve, a Republican candidate in the Saratoga County sheriff’s race, said that hundreds of "Gildersleeve for Sheriff” campaign lawn signs have been damaged or stolen during August.

"We are probably at this point close to 400 sings that are missing overall," said Gildersleeve.

Gildersleeve said the signs cost his campaign around $2.50 a piece – adding up to a loss of about $1,000 for the damaged or missing signs.

Gildersleeve filed vandalism complaints this week with local and state law enforcement agencies after hearing complaints from supporters.

The campaigns in the race for Saratoga County Sheriff are intensifying, and some big political names have taken an interest in the candidates.

On September 10th, primary voters will choose the Republican nominee to run for the next sheriff of Saratoga County. Current sheriff James Bowen is retiring after more than four decades.

Former Stillwater Town Judge Michael Zurlo spent much of his career in law enforcement in various positions at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office including Senior Criminal Investigator.

New statistics released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that from June 2011 to June 2012 Saratoga County experienced the largest employment growth in New York State at 3.1 percent, with strong job growth in manufacturing and leisure and hospitality.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Alan Grattidge for his reaction to the positive numbers

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Nov 13, 2012

Education and business officials came together today in Saratoga County with the high tech future in mind.  GlobalFoundries and the Center for Economic Growth organized the meeting at the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park to develop a regional 13 county laboratory to promote the future of an educational system that must meet the needs of a growing technology sector. Michael Tucker is the CEO and executive director of the Center for Economic Growth. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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