Resolution of the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee Regarding Gun Shows and the Sale of Firearms at the City Center
Passed June 25, 2016
Concerning the prohibition of Gun Shows and the Sale of Firearms at the Saratoga Springs City Center – The time has come for City Council Action
Whereas, a fierce national debate led by fellow Democrats has erupted again over the sale of military style semi-automatic guns and weapons of mass murder, and given that such weapons are currently available and allowed for easy sale to those wishing to do us harm; and
Whereas, the “NEACA Saratoga Springs Gun Show and Military Exposition” is again scheduled for August 19, 20 and 21 at the Saratoga Springs City Center; and
Whereas, as a committee of citizens who have been elected to represent Democrats in the City of Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee believes that countless and growing numbers of mass shootings are not just random acts. Rather, these mass murders reflect a broader societal problem. We believe that by promoting the sale of guns, our city is contributing to the problem, and the actions of our City officials and public institutions should address this problem; and
Whereas, we believe that the citizens of the City of Saratoga Springs who financially support the Saratoga Springs City Center should be heard on this issue and that city properties should not be used for gun shows, should not subsidize activities that can endanger public safety and health, and should not be used to facilitate the unlawful purchase of firearms by “straw” purchasers who act as fronts for ineligible purchasers of firearms; and
Whereas, while government at all levels has a substantial interest in protecting the public from firearm related harm and death, local governments have the predominant obligation to do so. The Saratoga Springs City Council, therefore, has a particular concern and responsibility to ensure that it protects public health and safety, especially on city properties.
Therefore, Be It Resolved, the Saratoga Springs City Council, subject to its legal authority, should adopt an ordinance to prohibit gun shows and the sale of firearms at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
Standard & Poor’s Says Saratoga Springs is AA+ Again!
Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan is pleased to report that Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (S&P) awarded the City a “AA+” for 2016 and affirmed its “AA+” rating on the City’s outstanding bonds. An exceptional rating for a municipality, this is the fifth consecutive year that the City has received AA+, all during Madigan’s tenure as Commissioner of Finance. Likewise, S&P retained the City’s “stable outlook”, as well as its Financial Management Practice Assessment of “good”.
S&P describes the City as a “commercial and industrial center for the surrounding areas”. In the course of its analysis of the City, S&P considered the following qualities:
- Very strong economy;
- Strong management conditions, with "good" financial policies and practices;
- Strong budgetary performance, with operating surpluses in the general fund and at the total governmental fund level in fiscal 2015;
- Very strong budgetary flexibility;
- Very strong liquidity, as well as strong access to external liquidity;
- Strong institutional framework.
S&P states “The city has exhibited strong budgetary performance with positive operating result in each of the last six fiscal years. … Given the city's strong historical results, and management's expectations for fiscal 2016, we expect the city's budgetary performance to remain strong. …Saratoga Springs’ budgetary flexibility is very strong, in our view. … the sewer fund has fully paid back its loan [to the general fund] and…the water fund will complete paying back its loan in fiscal 2016. … The city has consistently had very strong liquidity and we do not expect a change to these ratios.”
S&P expressed faith in the City’s management, stating “we believe management will continue to make the necessary budget adjustments to maintain balanced operations. As such, we do not anticipate changing the rating during the two-year outlook horizon.” It also anticipated raising the bond rate if the City continues to maintain its strong budgetary performance (and economic indicators increase) while mitigating the effects of fixed costs associated with long term liabilities (such as pension and other postemployment benefits (OPEB).
Commissioner Madigan states: “The City and its taxpayers are benefiting from the excellent policies, practices, budgeting and fiscal management of my administration. I will continue to lead with the conservative fiscal practices and sustainable City budgeting that protects the City’s AA+ rating. It is critical to all departments and our constituents as we strive to improve City infrastructure, maintain beautiful historic buildings, provide trails, recreation and open space, and keep the City safe. I am very proud of this outstanding bond rating and pleased to bring it home to the City of Saratoga Springs.
Democratic Presidential Primary - Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Presidential candidates have criss-crossed New York and soon the state’s polls will open. Vote at your regular polling site from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. Click here to find your polling site.
Check out the sample ballot for the Democratic primary. Your first choice is between the two presidential candidates. Following these well-known names, you will see (and can vote for) the candidate’s pledged delegates from our 20th Congressional District. Only voters who are enrolled as Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary.
The SSDC is proud to announce our endorsement of candidates for State and National offices to represent the citizens of Saratoga Springs
Paul D. Tonko – for the U.S. House of Representatives, 20th District
Carrie Woerner – for NYS Assembly, 113th District
Shaun Francis – for NYS Senate, 43rd District
Chad Putman – for NYS Senate, 49th District
We add our endorsement and our active support for these fine candidates to that of the Saratoga County Democratic Committee, which has endorsed their run for election in November. In this Presidential election year, we see an opportunity to return our City’s Congressman Paul Tonko to Washington and send Assembly member Carrie Woerner to Albany for her second term.
Further, we sincerely believe we can help deliver control of the NYS Senate to the Democratic Party through the election of two hard-working, progressive candidates seeking to replace local incumbents who fail to represent the principles we stand for. Shaun Francis and Chad Putman have earned our whole-hearted effort through their hard work and sound Democratic values.
The following is a statement by the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee Concerning the Saratoga PAC
People, not PAC money, should decide who governs
The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee is agreed that we must publicly state our concerns about the Saratoga PAC. We are determined that people, not money, should decide who governs our City. Our concerns are three-fold:
1. We infer the Saratoga PAC agenda is to open the City’s Greenbelt for development. SSDC supports our City in the Country. Thanks to stalwart support from our City Council members, this vision prevailed in the recent struggle over the Comprehensive Plan. But who will sit at the Council table after Nov. 3?
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2015 SARATOGA SPRINGS
STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
GIVEN BY MAYOR JOANNE D. YEPSEN
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 1:00PM
Saratoga Springs City Center
Good afternoon my fellow Saratogians and welcome. As your mayor, it is my distinct honor and privilege to give the 2015 State of the City Address. This year, I feel especially privileged to do so as we begin the city’s Centennial year.
I would like to dedicate this year’s address, and today’s event to our good friend, community leader, a very special Saratogian, and first lady of Skidmore, Anne Palamountain. I ask that we take a moment of silence to remember and honor Anne.
I want to recognize several current and former elected officials who are with us this afternoon.
Congressman Paul Tonko
State Senator Kathy Marchione
Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner
I want to thank Mark Baker and the Saratoga Spring City Center for hosting us today.
Over the past nine years, I’ve made it a priority to create and sustain strong partnerships, with all levels of government. The success from working with all of you on both sides of the aisle will be highlighted this afternoon. Bipartisan approach is the only way to get results.
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.