SARATOGA SPRINGS – A pair of multi-million-dollar deals in the heart of the city’s downtown district will affect three long-standing fixtures in a real estate overture that may best be titled: Broadway Variations.

The Saratoga Downtowner motel, constructed on Broadway and Division Street in 1963, was sold to the Lark Hotel group for $4.55 million, according to records at the Saratoga County Clerk’s office. Meanwhile, Cantina restaurant owner Jeff Ames, located across the street and a half-block away from the motel, has purchased for $2.2 million the former Lillian’s Restaurant on Broadway, where he anticipates opening a new two-story Cantina restaurant next May. 

“I thought long and hard about making this move, but it was an opportunity to own my own building,” said Ames, adding that the new location will be a lot more “bistro-ey.” Ames is selling the lease at the current Cantina restaurant, where he opened for business in 2007, for $699,000.

After nearly 18 years of operating their 42-room motel on Broadway, Mary Cae Asay and her husband, Bill, have sold the Saratoga Downtowner to Lark Hotels. The company will be making its first entry into New York and currently operates intimately sized boutique hotels in Maine and Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Mendocino, California - a coastal community north of San Francisco.

“I am really pleased about this new hotel group coming in because they have a focus on a sense of place. They want it to reflect Saratoga. They’re going to renovate it and I think they’re going to bring a refreshed vitality to the corner here,” said Mary Cae Asay. She said she will miss seeing the thousands of picture-takers capturing images of her garden outside the motel as well as many longtime guests, some of whom have stayed in the same room year-after-year, and have made the experience feel more akin to having visiting relatives come for a stay.     

“Maintaining the integrity of Saratoga was really important to me. We had multiple offers, but I was very grateful that this particular one worked out because they’re interested in keeping such a strong sense of Saratoga as part of their new business,” said Asay, who recently opened an office on Maple Avenue where she uses a holistic device – called a BEMER - to aid people in their healing.  Her husband, Bill, plans on continuing to coach the Saratoga Springs High School boys swim team, as he’s done since the Asays first moved to the area.

“The other thing I’m going to do is now go visit my guests, at their inns and restaurants and shops. They’ve come to my place, now I’m going to go to theirs,” Asay said.  “A lot of these people have come to the Downtowner for 15, 20, 30, 40 years. That’s how loyal and traditional our guests are. They love coming back to the Downtowner.  We are the fourth owners since 1963 and I feel honored to be a part of that history.”   

Lark Hotels CEO Rob Blood said in an email response that the company is excited to become part of the Saratoga community and to write the next chapter for the Downtowner. “While we are not yet ready to fully reveal our plans for the motel, I can say that our repositioning will focus on the cultural and creative community that is such an important part of the Saratoga Springs area,” Blood said. “We are currently targeting a summer 2018 opening for the property and look forward to unveiling more detailed plans soon."

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 15:07

November 22nd - November 30th

COURT

Antonio E. Barrone aka Mario J. Stacchini aka Antonia E. Barrone, 48, of Albany, was sentenced Nov. 11 to 1-3 years in state prison after pleading to two felony counts DWI, one felony count and two misdemeanor counts aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal impersonation, fleeing an officer, and unlawful possession of marijuana, in connection with incidents that occurred in the town of Wilton.    

Aaron M. Current, 26, Saratoga Springs, pleaded Nov. 17 to criminal contempt. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 19, 2018. 

Brandon Sewall, 24, Amsterdam, pleaded Nov. 17 to felony attempted assault in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled
Jan. 19, 2018. 

POLICE

James M. Brush, age 42, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 17 with felony grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. It is alleged that Brush, who was a member of a painting team working at a home on Echo Ridge Drive, stole jewelry from the home valued in excess of $13,000. Police said “a good portion” of the jewelry has been recovered.  Brush was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash, or $4,000 bond.   

Susan E. Steenburgh, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 17 with misdemeanor assault, criminal mischief, and aggravated criminal contempt, a felony. 

James S. Sluti, age 33, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov.
17 with misdemeanor criminal contempt. 

Zachary J. Johnson, age 20, Gansevoort, was charged Nov. 16 with two felony counts criminal sale of a controlled substance. 

Michael W. Ballaris, age 29, Portland, Oregon, was charged Nov. 16 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, and following a vehicle too closely. 

Michael O. Murphy, age 53, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 15 with criminal mischief
unlawful imprisonment. 

Kimberly A. Chrysler, age 21, Gansevoort, was charged Nov. 15 with aggravated unlicensed operation, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on highway, and no/expired
inspection certificate. 

Clifford L. Staring, age 60, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 15 with reckless endangerment. 

Matthan Garland, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 14 with criminal contempt. 

Bow Shee, age 27, Nashville, Tennessee, was charged Nov. 12 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, consumption of alcoholic beverages, making an unsafe lane change and driving on shoulders and slopes.

Samuel R. Heroux, age 20, Ballston Lake, was charged Nov. 12 with unauthorized use of a vehicle. 

Elmer L. Santiago, age 45, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 11 with assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. Both charges are felonies. 

Bradley M. Clifford, age 34, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 11 with disorderly conduct, harassment, and attempted assault. 

Valerie A. Bailey, age 53, Copake, was charged Nov. 11 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and following motor vehicle too closely. 

Marshall J. Mendez-Renta, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 11 with criminally using drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence- a felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana. 

Melanie O. Munoz, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 11 with two misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Timothy R. O’Connell, age 21, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 17 with misdemeanor DWI. 

Adam Zawartkay, age 27, Stony Creek, was charged Nov. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. 

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Bolstered by now-classic performances of the songs “Maggie May,” “Mandolin Wind,” the album’s title track, and a moving rendition of Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe,” Rod Stewart’s 1971 solo album “Every Picture Tells a Story” will receive the Rochmon treatment at Caffe Lena on Tuesday, Nov. 21. 

Rochmon Record Club gathers once a month under the guidance of music savant Chuck Vosganian, who selects one ground-breaking rock or pop album to dig deep and wide in creating an entertaining, illuminating program of anecdotes, biographical, technical information and photos.

Stewart, accompanied by Ronnie Wood, was ascending to the height of his powers with “Every Picture Tells a Story”- an album cranky rock scribe Robert Christgau graded with an A-plus with extra credit for Rod the Mod’s ability of being “tawdry enough to revel in stellar pop-and-flash” while able to “refine the rock sensibility without processing the life out of it.”      

Doors at 6:30 p.m., presentation begins at 7, and a $5 donation is suggested.  Donations go to the restoration funds of Caffe’ Lena and Universal Preservation Hall.  

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ALBANY – Saratoga Springs native Ashley Bathgate – whose cello stylings have garnered acclaim by everyone from the New York Times (an “eloquent new music interpreter,”) to the Washington Post (“a glorious cellist’), returns to the region for a performance at The Egg, at the Empire State Plaza on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Last seen in these parts coaxing ethereal tones from the strings of her cello and slicing the air with resonating vibrations in a 2016 performance at the Tang Museum, Bathgate – a 2002 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School - will perform an entirely new series of reflections inspired by the Unaccompanied Cello Suites of J.S. Bach. The work incorporates extended performance techniques, live electronics, and external media resulting in a radical deconstruction and re-imagination of the original music.

Concert showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.  Students are $14 at the door – and special group rates are also available.  For more information on the concert, group sales and a special lecture/demonstration call:  THE EGG BOX OFFICE: 518-473-1845 www.theegg.org

In addition to the concert, Bathgate will be conducting a cello technique demonstration and master class at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at The Egg, where she will provide insight into her approach to playing the cello – both in the traditional manner as well as how she utilizes electronics that comprise “Bach Unwound.”  This event is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 18:46

November 17th - November 21st

COURT

Nathan K. Stone, 27, of Middle Grove, pleaded Nov. 9 to felony burglary in Milton. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 18, 2018. 

Paula A. Watts, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Nov. 8 to five years of probation, after pleading to aggravated DWI with a child, in Saratoga Springs. 

Juliana S. Dreweck, 41, of Schenectady pleaded Nov. 6 to felony DWI in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for Nov. 25. 

Ezekiel J. West, 24, of Schenectady, was sentenced Nov. 6 to 1.5 years state prison, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, in Saratoga Springs. 

Hartley E. Waller, 28, of Schuylerville, was sentenced Nov. 3 to 1.5 years state prison, after pleading to rape, in connection with an incident in Mechanicville. 

Alycia M. Andreadakis, 43, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Nov. 3 to felony attempted burglary, in Ballston. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 12, 2018. 

POLICE

Sarah E. Blackwell, 23, Cohoes, was charged Nov. 9 with false impersonation. 

Roy W Mort, 28, Cohoes, was charged Nov. 9 with criminal contempt first degree-felony. 

Clifford Williams, 54, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 8 with offering a false instrumant for filing – felony, welfare fraud – a misdemeanor.

Daniel B. Bonesteel, 49, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 8 with four misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a weapon, and one count assault.

Glen A. Perry, 33, Corinth, was charged Nov. 8 with aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful use of mobile phones in motor vehicle, no/expired insurance, operating unregistered motor vehicle on highway.

Kevin D. Gailor, 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 8 with assault.

Katelyn A. Spadafora, 28, Ballston Spa, was charged Nov. 8 with criminal mischief.

Randy L. Jones, 50, Schenectady, was charged Nov. 8 with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Fernando Loachamin, 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 6 with aggravated unlicensed operation. 

Jonathan A. Shannon, 19, Greenfield Center, was charged Nov. 6 with two felony counts criminal sale of marijuana. 

Craig A. Plummer, 58, Greenfield, was charged Nov. 3 with unlicensed operation/refused chemical test. 

Kristin M. Anderson, 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 3 with endangering the welfare of a child.

Jill A. Mason, 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 3 with misdemeanor DWI, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Justin E. Horsfield, 34, Argyle, was charged Nov. 3 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, failure to signal a turn. 

Anthony P. Delaurie, 40, Gansevoort, was charged Nov. 2 with misdemeanor assault.

Kortni I. Liedel, 21, Ballston Spa, was charged Nov. 2 with aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to display registration. 

Sean J. Cooney, 46, Central Square, was charged Nov. 2 with misdemeanor DWI, and aggravated DWI.

Kimberly C. McFerran, 40, Mariah Center, was charged Nov. 2 with aggravated unlicensed operation. 

Erin L. Canning, 39, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 2 with aggravated harassment.

John M. Ruggiero, 32, Rexford, was charged Nov. 2 with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to obey traffic control device. 

Samantha L. Jacobson, 30, Albany, was charged Nov. 2 with misdemeanor DWI, unsafe lane change, failure to keep right.

Jerald V. Stephen, 40, Saratoga Springs, was charged Nov. 1 with obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.

Alberto Lijo, 23, Parsippany, was charged Nov. 1 with criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Patrick F. Mcloughlin, 26, Niskayuna, was charged Nov. 1 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, aggravated DWI, and aggravated unlicensed operation.

Randy L. Jones, 50, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 31 with misdemeanor petit larceny. 

John P. Valentin, 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 31 with obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.

Nicholas M. Pucci, 27, Cohoes, was charged Oct. 31
with criminal mischief.

David D. Farr, 36, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 31 with attempt petit larceny, criminal possession stolen property, and two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Anna J. Jastrzab, 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 31 with misdemeanor DWI, refuse pre-screen test, leaving the scene of an auto accident, and criminal mischief. 

Mickey C. Knorr, 32, Queensbury, was charged Oct. 29 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to notify DMV change of address, following motor vehicle
too closely. 

Danielle D. Montville, 24, Saratoga Springs, and Kysha T. Truong, age 25, Ballston Spa, were each charged Oct. 29 with assault.

Galen J. Seerup, 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 28 with felony DWI, and operating motor vehicle suspended registration

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - As part of Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s continued commitment to presenting programming that extends beyond the traditional summer months, SPAC announced that the Orchestra of St. Luke’s will perform Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concertos at Bethesda Episcopal Church on Friday, Dec. 8. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 General Admission seats and can be purchased online at spac.org.

“To be able to present some of Bach’s most beloved repertoire performed by one of the world’s great chamber orchestras in an acoustically and architecturally exquisite space during the festive holiday season is a great privilege,” said Elizabeth Sobol, SPAC president and CEO, in a statement.

David Hyde Pierce, Saratoga Springs native and Board Member of Orchestra of St. Luke’s praised the return of Orchestra of St. Luke’s to Saratoga and the new initiative:

“This concert means so much to me. SPAC was where as a young boy I first encountered the great artistry of the orchestra and the ballet; Bethesda, a place of comfort and worship for my family, was where I sang in the choir and learned to play the organ; the Orchestra of St Luke’s is the finest musical ensemble I’ve ever known, and they’re like family to me. It is a rare opportunity to hear music this great played this beautifully in such an exquisite setting— but that’s Saratoga. “

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs approximately 80 concerts each year at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

The December 8 “SPAC @ Bethesda Church” program will feature Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos, which were composed as a gift to the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721, and are still considered pinnacles of the Baroque repertoire. 

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - At precisely seven minutes after 11 on the night of Nov. 7, Meg Kelly was declared winner as the 21st mayor of the city of Saratoga Springs.

“I have so much to be grateful for,” Kelly told an exuberant crowd at the Inn at Saratoga where her fellow Democrats congregated election night. “I have a crew that has worked endless hours, with a limited budget, and we killed it.”

Members of the Republican Party were stationed directly across the street at the Holiday Inn, where a near-life size cardboard figure of President Donald Trump greeted all who entered. 

Kelly, currently the city’s deputy mayor, will begin her two-year-term Jan. 1, 2018. She defeated Republican candidate Mark Baker 4,630 - 3,911, or by a 54.13 percent to 45.73 percent margin. There were 8,742 ballots cast in the mayoral race. 

Voters also elected Democrat Peter Martin as commissioner of public safety. Martin - currently one of two supervisors representing the city at the county level – defeated Republican Donald Braim by a narrow 4,217 to 4,021 margin, and Democrat Francine Vero bested Republican challenger Andrew Blumenberg by a wide margin for the city judgeship.

In the vote to elect two city supervisors, 8,724 ballots were cast. Republican incumbent Matt Veitch - with 28.76 percent of the vote, and Democrat Tara Gaston – with 24.3 percent of the vote, were chosen to serve the city. Democrat Pat Friesen (22.94 percent), Republican John Safford (22.39 percent), and Green Party candidate Joseph Levy (1.56 percent) finished out of the running.   

Republican DPW Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco, and Democrats John Franck, accounts commissioner, and Michele Madigan, finance commissioner, were each re-elected in uncontested races for City Council seats. Between 243 and 295 votes were cast in the three uncontested races for write-in candidates, garnering approximately four to five percent of the overall tally in each race. The names of those write-in candidates will be documented and made public later this month, according to the Saratoga County Board of Elections.       

Kelly vowed to preserve the greenbelt, fix the city’s parking issues, and work collaboratively with the council’s four other members.

Current city Mayor Joanne Yepsen, who chose not to run for re-election, reminisced Tuesday about the night she first secured elected office by becoming the city supervisor in the 2005 election.   

"Twelve years ago, I stood in this room and accepted my first job in public service," Yepsen recalled. Since announcing her decision to not seek re-election as mayor, there has been much public speculation about her future political plans.    

"There will be no formal announcement this evening," Yepsen said. Asked whether she is keeping the proverbial door open to a political run in the future, Yepsen replied, "I'll always have an eye on how to help people more, always an eye on the political landscape."

Residents also voted in favor of changing the city’s Commission form of governing 4,202 to 4,154, but the miniscule margin of victory requires absentee ballots be counted. The county Board of Elections mailed 711 such absentee ballots and those returned by Nov. 14 will be counted on Tuesday, when a clear winner may be determined. 

Published in News
Thursday, 09 November 2017 20:05

November 10th - November 16th

COURT

Noah Graj, 38, of Pleasantville, was sentenced Oct. 30 to five years of probation, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, in Saratoga Springs. 

Aleah A. Carero, 20, of Greenfield, pleaded Oct. 31 to felony burglary. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 9, 2018. 

Kile W. West, 22, of Milton, pleaded Oct. 27 to felony burglary, in Greenfield. Sentencing scheduled for Jan. 15. 

Morgan C. McKinnon-Burgess, 20, of Saratoga, was sentenced Nov. 2 to three years of probation, after pleading to felony forgery. 

Lance E. Abare, 26, of Corinth, was sentenced Nov. 2 to 1.5 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to felony burglary, in Moreau.

Devon J. Krisanda, 22, of Ballston Lake, pleaded Oct. 27 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 5. 

POLICE

Amy E. Torres, age 26, Durham, North Carolina, was charged Oct. 26 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Lamont C. Washington, age 27, Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 26 with no/expired inspection certificate, aggravated unlicensed operation.

Brandyn M. French, age 27, Ballston Lake, was charged Oct. 25 with two felony counts criminal possession of stolen property and two misdemeanor counts theft of services/stolen credit card. 

Gregory M. Hogan, age 55, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 25 with assault.

Michael J. Vittengl, age 60, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 25 with petit larceny.

Stephen T. Ouimet, age 42, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 25 with endangering the welfare of a child 

Kenyn T. Shattuck, age 25, Middle Grove, was charged Oct. 25 with aggravated unlicensed operation, failed to stop at stop sign.   

Carolyn M. Kroll, age 50, Schenectady, was charged Oct. 24 with criminal possession of a forged instrument – felony.   

Kimberly J. Daignault, age 48, Gansevoort, was charged Oct. 24 with aggravated unlicensed operation, fail to obey traffic control device. 

Ashley A. Tappan, age 31, Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 24 with felony DWI. two misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Elizabeth A. Lloyd, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 23 with aggravated unlicensed operation, operating unregistered motor vehicle on highway.   

Riley J. Cage, age 16, Wilton, was charged Oct. 23 with unlawful possession of weapon upon school grounds. 

Ashley M. Abbott, 25, of Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 31 with two counts assault and two counts endangering the welfare of a child. She is accused of physically disciplining two children – 9 and 4 years of age, respectively – with a belt which resulted in physical injury, in the town of Milton. 

Reece N. Freeman, 20, of Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 28 with DWI, reckless endangerment and falsely reporting an incident. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, it is alleged Freeman informed police on scene that he was a passenger in a vehicle that was submerged in water, prompting deputies to enter the water in an effort to offer assistance. Freeman subsequently admitted he was the operator of the vehicle and no one else was inside the car, according to police. 

Jeremiah R. Bennett, 18, of Schenectady, was charged Nov. 1 with felony burglary and grand larceny. It is alleged he entered the attached garage of a dwelling in the town of Ballston and stole an item valued at over $1,000.  Bennett was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash, or $10,000 bond. 

Lee W. Steele, 62, of Milton, was charged Nov. 1 with misdemeanor sexual abuse, on the suspicion that he had sexual contact with a 17-year-old female victim who is deemed intellectually disabled, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department.

Ricardo Bastidas, age 37, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding. 

Jessica L. Colton, age 33, Greenfield Center, was charged Oct. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation, fail to obey traffic control device. 

Joshua C. Busold, age 19, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 16 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, equipment (tinted rear window), failed to signal a turn.

James S. Sluti, age 33, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 16 with criminal contempt, assault, criminal mischief. 

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – After 16 months of study, dozens of public meetings, threats of litigation, and a volley of contentious words, 8,356 city residents headed to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to change, or maintain the Commission form of governing that has ruled the city for the past 102 years. The Election Day verdict: Too Close To Call. 

At the end of the day, residents in favor of adopting a new Charter held a 4,202 to 4,154 advantage, but the narrow margin of victory requires that absentee ballots be counted. The county Board of Elections mailed 711 such absentee ballots and more than 500 were received back, by Election Day. Those ballots have yet to be counted.

Ballots returned by Nov. 14 - the last day absentee ballots may be received at the county Board of Elections - will be counted on Tuesday, Nov. 14, after which a clear winner may be determined. Military ballots have until Nov. 20 to be received at the county board. Military ballots are anticipated to number less than 20 in total, although that count could not be officially verified by Thursday.  

Less than half of the approximately 18,000 registered city voters took part in Tuesday’s election; More than 95 percent of city residents who did cast ballots voted one way or another on The Saratoga Springs Charter Proposition. 

The study of ramifications in changing from a Commission form of government to a Council-Manager form has been lengthy, and the dialogue among some, contentious.

After a proposal was put forth to stage the referendum last May rather than in November, there was significant push-back from City Council members John Franck, Michele Madigan, and DPW Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco - three commissioners who coincidentally ran unopposed in their respective re-election campaigns.  “This will come down to a lawsuit, I suspect, and the courts will decide what they’re going to do with this,” Franck said in February. “There may even be a lawsuit at the City Council level.”

Election Day was anticipated as the date to finally settle the matter. But given the slim 48-vote difference - with those in favor of change leading the count - it has not turned out that way. 

“I woke up this morning and thought: win or lose the charter debate was going to end today,” Saratoga Springs City Charter Review Commission Chairman Bob Turner said in the early morning hours following the election tally. “I realize now, we’re just beginning. It’s like Florida 2000 all over again and I have a feeling it’s going to be drawn out to a re-count, and a hand-count of ballots.” Turner is in favor of Charter change.  

“I have a feeling we are heading toward very brand-new legal territory in the next week,” Turner said.  “New York Municipal Home Rule Law 36, which governs the charter review process, (says) the charter review commission ends on the day of election, so it’s not even clear whether we are going to have legal standing after today. Who is turn is representing the voters who at present are up 48 votes?”

Accounts Commissioner John Franck on Thursday called for a Special City Council meeting to take place at noon on Monday to hire an election law attorney "to defend the city’s right to have all proper absentee ballots counted and defending the city’s voters in any potential court proceedings."  

“It is new territory,” said Richard Sellers, a spokesman for SUCCESS, a citizen organization that supports maintaining the current form of governing. “We’re reminded of the cliché that every vote counts, and we are waiting for all the votes to be counted. We’re confident in the Saratoga County Board of Elections and we look forward to a clear outcome.”

The county Board of Elections is anticipated to begin counting absentee ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 14.  

Published in News
Thursday, 02 November 2017 17:51

November 3rd - November 9th

COURT

Garrett M. Weatherwax, 23, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Oct. 25 to promoting a sexual performance by a child, a felony. Sentencing scheduled for Dec. 20. 

Frank J. Rossi, 26, of Mechanicville, was sentenced Oct. 24 to five years of probation, after pleading to criminal contempt, in connection with an incident in Malta. 

Victor C. Mattson, 39, of Rotterdam Junction, pleaded on Oct. 23 to robbery, in connection with an incident in Ballston. Sentencing scheduled for Dec. 18. 

Lisa M. Lyng, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Oct. 23 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in Wilton.   

Michael J. Davis, of Clifton Park, was sentenced Oct. 23 to 15 years in state prison and 1-1/2 to 3 years post-release supervision, for menacing a police officer, criminal contempt, and assault.  On April 16, Davis, with a shotgun, entered the home of his wife and children in the town of Halfmoon in violation of a stay-away order of protection. His wife and children, in addition to other children in the home at the time, were able to flee unharmed. Davis fired several shots out the window of the residence at officers, according to the county district attorney’s office, before eventually surrendering to authorities more than 20 hours after the start of negotiations with state police. 

Jeanne E. Gorcesky, 50, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Oct. 19 to felony DWI in connection with an incident in Wilton. Sentencing scheduled for Dec. 17. 

Angela M. Burnside, 36, of Ballston Lake, was sentenced Oct. 19 to three years of probation, after pleading to aggravated DWI, a felony, in Ballston Spa. 

POLICE

Lance M. Smith, age 23, of Mayfield, was charged Oct. 25 with tampering with physical evidence – a felony, DWI while operating a commercial vehicle, aggravated DWI felony, unreasonable speed, operating out of class, and fail to keep right. At 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 25, the Saratoga Springs Police responded to Geyser Road at the railroad overpass for an overturned box truck blocking the roadway, located about 1/2 mile west of Route 50.  According to police, the truck went off the right side of the roadway colliding with the guiderail, and subsequently overturned on its side. The driver and sole occupant of the truck was not injured, but was allegedly found to be intoxicated. 

Christopher R. Bergeron, 38, currently at Greene Correctional Facility, was charged Oct. 24 with five counts burglary, in connection with five separate incidents reported in July and August of 2016, in which Bergeron is accused of burglarizing two homes in Corinth, and one each in the towns of Ballston, Providence and Greenfield.

Kristopher F. Docherty, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 27 with felony assault. he is accused of causing physical injury by throwing a bottle of wine at a woman following an alleged domestic incident in Wilton. 

Richard A. Faria III, 39, of Mechanicville, was charged Oct. 20 with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and Grand Larceny, after allegedly stealing a handgun from a residence he was conducting work in, in the town of Ballston. 

Brian A. Mollnow, age 21, Clifton Park, was charged Oct. 22 with misdemeanor DWI. 

Attilia M. Lee, age 20, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 22 with criminal possession of a forged instrument – felony. 

Monique N. Williams, age 26, Schenectady, was charged Oct. 22 with seven counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one count false impersonation. 

Robert Ruiz, age 38, Schenectady, was charged Oct. 22 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminally using drug paraphernalia second degree.

Aniece M. Armstrong, age 29, Schenectady, was charged Oct. 20 with Offenses: aggravated unlicensed operation, failed to signal a turn, no/expired insurance. 

James A. Lorman, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 20 with public lewdness. 

Louis W. Rondinello, age 52, Hampton Bays, was charged Oct. 20 with reckless endangerment of property.

Anthony R. Fiorey, age 53, Ballston Spa, was charged Oct. 20 with speeding, and aggravated unlicensed operation. 

Chad F. Harrison, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 17 with misdemeanor DWI and aggravated DWI, failure to signal a turn, failure to keep right. 

Brittany N. Sims, age 28, Schenectady, was charged Oct. 17 with unlawful possession of marijuana, operating mv impaired by drugs, speeding, criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Ricardo Bastidas, age 37, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding. 

Taylor L. Hudson, age 16, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 17 with assault, endangering the welfare of a child. 

Jessica L. Colton, age 33, Greenfield Center, was charged Oct. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation, fail to obey traffic control device. 

Joshua C. Busold, age 19, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 16 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, equipment (tinted rear window), failed to signal a turn.

James S. Sluti, age 33, Saratoga Springs, was charged Oct. 16 with criminal contempt, assault, criminal mischief. 

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  • COURT Antonio E. Barrone aka Mario J. Stacchini aka Antonia E. Barrone, 48, of Albany, was sentenced Nov. 11 to 1-3 years in state prison after pleading to two felony counts DWI, one felony count and two misdemeanor counts aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal impersonation, fleeing an officer, and unlawful possession of marijuana, in connection with incidents that occurred in the town of Wilton.     Aaron M. Current, 26, Saratoga Springs, pleaded Nov. 17 to criminal contempt. Sentencing scheduled Jan. 19, 2018.  Brandon Sewall, 24, Amsterdam, pleaded Nov. 17 to felony attempted assault in connection with…

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