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"In the Loop" for Oct. 6, 2017

SSDC on gun violence. In the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas, SSDC Chair Courtney DeLeonardis issued a statement, saying (in part): “Nationally, Democrats are leading the way toward consensus on public policies that could reduce this constant threat [of gun violence]. . . . The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee is on record in its belief that local governments, acting within the scope of their authority, have an obligation to do so, wherever they can.” . . . Most Americans support sane gun lawswhy is it so hard to even consider reasonable policy?

Election news

Tuesday twofer! Meet up with Meg Kelly (for Mayor) and Pat Friesen (for County Supervisor) at their campaign events Tuesday night—see “Events,” October 10.

Time to plant your yard signs. You can show your support for our hard-working candidates – Get some free yard signs.

Democrats “poised to make big gains” in Saratoga County. An upbeat political analysis this week from Daily Kos says Dems are making county races truly competitive.

Many thanks, NY21VOTES. At the Saratoga Progressive Action fall organizing meeting this week, activists in the NY21VOTES movement decided to focus on helping progressive candidates get elected in Saratoga County on Nov. 7. Your gift of time and support will prove immensely valuable heading into the home stretch this campaign season.

What does resistance look like?

Saving people’s health care. It’s clear that Republicans, led by Donald Trump, will do whatever they can to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, including a shorter, unpublicized open enrollment period this year. A volunteer effort, “Get America Covered,” will provide resources to help citizen groups do outreach and provide enrollment help.

News

City budget keeps tax rate same. Property taxes remain stable for the sixth consecutive year in the proposed $46.1 million 2018 City Budget that was unveiled at this week’s City Council meeting. A series of budget workshops is scheduled. Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan said, “The 2018 comprehensive budget is driven by my continued commitment to a stable tax rate in the face of the rising costs of good government and the [state] property tax cap.”

City/regional briefs. A new office serving some 18,000 Saratoga County veterans opened this week in Ballston Spa at 2144 Doubleday Ave.    There are plenty of nearby hiking trails and nature preserves to enjoy getting outdoors. How many of these spots have you visited? . . . . Caffé Lena announced that the first Tuesday of each month will be devoted to jazz, featuring collaborations between the venue’s resident (and internationally-acclaimed) pianist, Chuck Lamb, and other outstanding jazz artists.

Events.

Columbus Day Weekend. Check out the festive holiday weekend events here.

Saturday, October 7, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Hazardous Waste Disposal Day. The City provides this great opportunity to safely dispose of those nasty items. You MUST fill out this on-line form  and be a Saratoga Springs resident. Weibel Ave. Skating Facility parking lot. More info 518-587-3550.

Saturday, October 7, 9:30 a.m. – Noon. Tree Toga. Volunteer for this tree-planting event (26 new large-growing trees!) by Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project. Be a Tree Host, a Tree Planter – or both!  Info & sign-up here.

Saturday, October 7, 2:00 p.m. Annual Jazz BBQ at Frederick Allen Lodge #609. Live music by the Milayne Jackson Blue Train Trio; chef Joe Moore, retired head chef at Skidmore. Advance-sale tickets call Tommy, 518-879-5750; Bob, 518-583-2999; or Kendall, 845-501-1794. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 69 Beekman St.

Sunday, October 8, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Family Fun Day at Pitney Meadows Community Farm. Wagon rides, guided tours, obstacle course, alpacas and other animals to pet. 223 West Ave. across from the YMCA. More.

Monday, October 9, 11:00 a.m. Chat with Pat. Join Pat Friesen, candidate for Saratoga County Supervisor, at Kru Coffee, 46 Marion Ave.

Tuesday, October 10, 5:30 p.m. Meg Kelly for Mayor fundraiser. Mouzon House, 1 York St. Event page.

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of the Arts at Sinclair. Fundraiser for Pat Friesen for Supervisor. Creative Entrepreneurship and the arts, with Sinclair owner Hilary Morrison sharing her story. Guests will enjoy a comp signature cocktail/mocktail, a reading from a new play by  local playwright and actor Jonathan Albert; music by a Skidmore a capella group and a visual artist creating a piece of art during the evening to be offered in a silent auction. $25/person, $10 students. Event page.

Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. LWV meeting on the NY Constitutional Convention ballot question, featuring Jim Malatras, President, Rockefeller Institute of Government. Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, Skidmore campus.

Thursday, October 12, 6:00 p.m. Health Care Forum. Speakers will discuss single-payer and related health care payment issues. Hosted by Pat Friesen for Supervisor, SSDC-endorsed candidate for County Supervisor, and the Saratoga Healthcare Committee.  Saratoga Springs Public Library.

Monday, October 16, 11:00 a.m. Chat with Pat. Join Pat Friesen, candidate for Saratoga County Supervisor, at Kru Coffee, 46 Marion Ave.

Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. “Meet a City Manager.” Second in a series of events where residents can meet a city manager who works in New York state, sponsored by the Charter Review Commission—which developed a proposed new charter creating a city manager position here. Saratoga Springs Public Library.

Thursday, October 19, 12:00 noon. “Votes for Women,” a talk by Natalie Taylor, Skidmore College political science professor, about the successful suffrage movement in New York State—three years ahead of the nation as a whole. (Suffrage activists included Saratoga Springs native Kathryn Starbuck, whose achievements are regularly memorialized at SSDC events.) Sponsored by the League of Women Voters at the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

Thursday, October 19, 6:00 p.m. SUCCESS—Charter Education. Meeting to tell voters why this group opposes the proposed new City Charter. Saratoga Springs Public Library.

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Birthday Fundraiser for Peter Martin. Join Peter and his supporters at Caffé Lena, 47 Phila Street.

Saturday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sustainable Saratoga’s Recycle Day. Keep “trash” out of landfills -- - bring in your old clothes, shoes, hats, gloves, backpacks, sheets, quilts, comforters, towels, rags, appliances (large & small) electronics, cell phones, computers, printers (no monitors) fabric, yarn, swinging notions & supplies. Saratoga Springs High School.

Monday, October 23, 11:00 a.m. Chat with Pat. Join Pat Friesen, candidate for Saratoga County Supervisor, at Kru Coffee, 46 Marion Ave.

Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 p.m. Skidmore Meet the Candidates Event. City office-seekers will meet and speak with the Skidmore community at the Spa (Case Center, ground level). This event is sponsored by the student Democratic and Republican clubs.

Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. Community Forum: “Exploring the Wounds of Racism.” Saratoga Music Hall, 474 Broadway.

Thursday, October 26, 7:00—9:00 p.m. Saratoga TODAY Charter Debate. Saratoga Springs City Center.

Saturday, October 28, 3:00 p.m. "Ferdinand the Bull" & other tales: a narrated Children's Concertfree event at Caffè Lena. Saratoga Chamber Players.

Sunday, October 29, 3:00 p.m. Saratoga Chamber Players’ Fall Celebration: Piano, violin, cello and flute. Filene Hall, Skidmore campus. Info, purchase tickets here.

Monday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. SUCCESS—Charter Education. Meeting to tell voters why this group opposes the proposed new City Charter. Saratoga Springs Public Library.