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2014 SARATOGA SPRINGS
STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
GIVEN BY MAYOR JOANNE D. YEPSEN
JAUNARY 28, 2014 – 7:00PM, SARATOGA SPRINGS CITY CENTER
Good evening my fellow Saratogians and welcome to the Saratoga Springs City Center. Tonight, as your mayor, it is my distinct honor and privilege to give the 2014 State of the City Address.
First, I want to recognize several current and former elected officials who are with us this evening.
And most importantly, I want to thank my family – my three children: Emma, Laura and Cole and thank you to all of the local businesses that are participating tonight and thank you to all of my fellow citizens who are here with us this evening
We don’t need to have a speech, or a formal meeting, for all of us to agree that Saratoga Springs is a very special and very unique place. With our long and storied history, wealth of natural resources, vibrant culture, and prosperous economy, we are indeed the envy of small cities not only in New York and the Northeast, but across the nation as well. It seems that every time we turn around Saratoga Springs is being named as a “top small city”. Just two weeks ago The Huffington Post named Saratoga Springs as one of “America’s best main streets.” These accolades haven’t come by chance; they have come as the result of years of hard work, and we look forward to building on what we’ve accomplished together.
As you all know, this evening’s address is the State of the City, not just the State of the Mayor's Office. We are a commission form of city government and so I was happy that my fellow commissioners contributed to this address and I’m grateful they could be here this evening.
Commissioner of Public Works, Skip Sirocco,
Commissioner of Public Safety, Chris Mathieson,
Commissioner of Accounts, John Frank,
Commissioner of Finance, Michele Madigan
Please stand and be recognized.
I’d also like thank our two county supervisors: Matthew Veitch and Peter Martin, please stand and be recognized.
The State of our City is a busy one.
Springs Democratic Committee Position Paper
Our City’s Comprehensive Plan – It’s Everyone’s Future
Support and suggestions for the review process
An updated Comprehensive Plan is essential for the City to continue guiding future growth and development in ways that contribute to our residents’ long-term well-being and quality-of-life (See Appendix II, Note 1). The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee is on record supporting appointment of a balanced, citizen-led committee to take charge of this year’s review process:
“Saratoga Springs’ current Comprehensive Plan is dated July 17, 2001. . . .The past dozen years have brought breathtaking changes to our Cityscape as well as technology, the economy, the surrounding area and a host of other factors relevant to the City’s future. Other changes, like the advent of full-fledged casinos, loom in the near future.” (SSDC statement, March 2013)
This statement summarizes the input of the SSDC about the review process and the vision we advocate for its ultimate outcome.
We want to publicly thank the people involved:
·∙ the volunteer-citizens who agreed to share their expertise and take charge of the Committee’s ultimate work product;;
·∙ the City Council, who showed faith in these individuals by choosing them and providing resources to get the job done;;
·∙ the City employees whose practical knowledge of Saratoga Springs will keep the process grounded;; and
·∙ the professional consultants selected to support this work with their experience, knowledge-base and wider perspective.
We especially commend the Committee’s efforts to promote widespread public involvement—the public meetings, Open House event and web site www.engagesaratoga.com that lets busy citizens contribute ideas and state their concerns.