Todd Shimkus

Saratoga Race Course
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This week, an annual Saratoga Springs tradition is starting early: Saratoga Race Course opens Thursday. The meet is now more than a week longer, with off days on Monday and Tuesday instead of just Tuesday. Local residents and businesses are eager to see how the adjustment by the New York Racing Association will affect the area — as the one-time “August Place To Be” expands into mid-July. Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about the area’s new tourism calendar.   

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In a likely blow to New York’s Capital Region, GlobalFoundries has announced a new round of layoffs.

A panoramic view of Saratoga Race Course
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With yesterday’s 149th running of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, it is one of the busiest weekends of the year for Saratoga Springs. The Spa City’s population doubles during the summer months.