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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city’s proposed operating budget in 2017 will top $45.5 million – an approximate three percent increase over 2016 – but will contain no increase in taxes for city taxpayers, according to the proposal released by city Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan this week. The $45.52 million plan marks an increase of $1.51 million over the 2016 budget, with contractual wages and health insurance accounting for nearly all of the change. Main revenue sources supporting the operating budget…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — One week after Shelters of Saratoga announced an agreement to site the Code Blue Saratoga emergency shelter on Caroline and Henry streets, the 11th-hour solution has drawn the ire of some local residents and business owners who say they were not informed of the shelter’s relocation to the east side neighborhood and expressed concerns about potential safety issues. After spending the past two winters at the Salvation Army building on Woodlawn Avenue, scheduling conflicts at the Salvation…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — When historic Saratoga restaurant Lillian’s closed, employee Dilyana Bell didn’t know where her next job would be. Unbeknownst to her, Susan E Halstead, ABOC, FNAO, owner of Family Vision Care Center, reached out to Lillian’s saying she was looking to hire someone great, and Bell was at the top of the recommended list. Bell joined Family Vision in February. It was a great match. In a recent statement, Halstead described Bell as a hard worker, honest, loyal…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Workplace violence and school shootings. Catastrophic weather events and rail accidents exposing residential neighborhoods to hazardous materials. “Those to me are the hazards we face on any given day,” explained John Catone. The assistant city police chief recently completed a near-two-year project of compiling potential disaster concerns in Saratoga Springs and how to best address them. The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan – comprised of approximately 500 pages of documents and annexes – was unanimously approved by the…
SCHUYLERVILLE – No one on Schuylerville High School’s girls varsity soccer team will forget October 29, 2015, when 8th grader Davia Rossi made the winning kick for the Schalmont Sabres that cost the Lady Horses the Class B state championship. “Obviously, losing the season was heartbreaking,” said Schuylerville senior and soccer co-captain Maddy Nevins, “but what happened on the field is completely different than off the field. All of us respect Davia and wanted to do everything we could to…
SCHUYLERVILLE – No one on Schuylerville High School’s girls varsity soccer team will forget October 29, 2015, when 8th grader Davia Rossi made the winning kick for the Schalmont Sabres that cost the Lady Horses the Class B state championship. “Obviously, losing the season was heartbreaking,” said Schuylerville senior and soccer co-captain Maddy Nevins, “but what happened on the field is completely different than off the field. All of us respect Davia and wanted to do everything we could to…
For many of us, one of the best experiences when traveling is the search for authentic local food favorites. These can often be found at street vendor carts or food trucks. When traveling, it is MANDATORY to seek out these mobile food stations. Food carts are typically friendly to our wallets and are convenient to those of us that are on the move. They also offer a chance to experience the personalities behind the cart that are as diverse as…
MALTA — The idyllic view of Saratoga Lake in winter doesn’t mean much if the house is on fire. Residents of Riley Cove in the Town of Malta would have to wait precious minutes while firefighters chop through ice if the tanker engine runs out of the water it brought. This neighborhood doesn’t have fire hydrants or even potable water. The wells are filled with sulfur and only drinkable if put through expensive filtration systems. And, it’s not the only…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mike Finocchi cast his eyes across the big room which stands on the corner where Henry and Caroline streets meet. The executive director at Shelters of Saratoga took stock of the kitchen, where wood cabinets bookend a stove and microwave, a refrigerator and a freezer. He noted the spacious women’s and men’s restrooms, strolled through the large adjacent room where supplies and clothing will be stored, and imagined the dozens of cots that will be placed in…
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Mike Finocchi cast his eyes across the big room which stands on the corner where Henry and Caroline streets meet. The executive director at Shelters of Saratoga took stock of the kitchen, where wood cabinets bookend a stove and microwave, a refrigerator and a freezer. He noted the spacious women’s and men’s restrooms, strolled through the large adjacent room where supplies and clothing will be stored, and imagined the dozens of cots that will be placed in…
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Police Blotter

  • Court Jeffrey R. Lawrence, 30, of Corinth, was sentenced on Feb. 6 to six months in jail and five years…
  • COURTS Wilfredo F. Diaz, 44, was found guilty on Feb. 10 of two counts of predatory sexual assault and one…
  • COURTS Vanessa A. French, 45, of Halfmoon, was sentenced on Jan. 26 to five days in jail and five years…
  • COURTS Randy Meyer, 24, of Waterford, pleaded on Jan. 20 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing scheduled…
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