Mayor: Meg Kelly
In her first term, Meg has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and consensus building. She, along with council members, tirelessly oversaw the emergency relocation of City Hall operations after the August 2018 fire, as well as the plans to vastly improve the building in the course of its restoration. She ended recurring gun shows and sales at the City Center; resolved several long-standing legal issues so projects can move forward; promoted the creation of hundreds more affordable housing units; and is working hard toward the goal of a permanent shelter for Code Blue. She regards being available and accessible among her highest priorities. Meg proactively engages with the community, businesses and organizations, averaging nearly 100 such meetings a month. She has set a tone of collaboration and collegiality among elected officials and City employees. “Civility and morale are at an all-time high, as are City-wide improvements and productivity,” Meg said. “I’m going to serve this city for two more years because we have a lot of work to do together.”
Commissioner of Finance: Michele Madigan
Accurate budgeting for 7 straight years has kept property taxes level; assisted DPW in repaying City taxpayers $1.8 million in loans provided by prior administrations to the Water and Sewer Funds; and generated a strong bond rating of AA+ (since 2013). This enabled Michele to refinance City debt twice, saving taxpayers some $3.6 million. She quarterbacked the award-winning 2.5 megawatt Spa Solar Park that now offsets 40 percent of energy costs at City properties; overhauled the City’s website to increase transparency and ease of use; and oversaw construction of the new dog park. She created the Smart City Commission to keep Saratoga Springs on the cutting edge of technology: the commission currently is sponsoring a popular series of 2019 Economic Development Lunch & Learns. “I’ll continue to manage the City’s general operating budget in a fiscally conservative manner to keep fund balances and reserves healthy,” Michele said.
Commissioner of Public Works: Dillon Moran
With a chemical engineering degree from Clarkson University, Dillon has worked in the water treatment industry for more than 25 years. He also is a partner in several successful local businesses that have contributed significantly to the local economy. He believes the DPW operation is ripe for improvements, saying it’s imperative that the City’s water infrastructure receive more attention. “The current administration’s reactive nature is inadequate for the infrastructure needs of our historic community,” Dillon said. “A forward looking, preventative program will save the City money, as it costs 6 times more to fix breaks than it does to prevent them. In addition, the issue of water quality will be a significant area of focus, as we recently had a DOH-reportable issue due to the over-use of chlorine.” Dillon favors relocating the City DPW garage that is now near Division Street School, to a location more appropriate for the heavy truck traffic. With long-term planning Dillon says that the City will save money and provide increased services in areas such as street paving by evaluating the cost of using vendors vs. the City’s DPW workers. “I will engage the community as a partner in studying costs and benefits, ranking priorities and developing plans,” Dillon said.
Commissioner of Accounts: John Franck
To protect the public and reduce the City’s exposure to lawsuits, John’s risk management team worked with Skidmore risk & safety interns to map City roadways, intersections and sidewalks and identify priorities for repair and replacement. John’s assessment office handled the fewest grievances in a quarter-century last year – just 41 (out of 11,000+ properties’ assessed values). John also helped resolve a permit issue so enterprising kids can continue selling water bottles to summer racing fans. Recently, his office has helped many senior homeowners cope with changes in the STAR exemption program so that City residents can continue to benefit. “The Accounts Department Team is a special group of professionals who manage a variety of tasks. We’re driven by the needs of the community and, together, we are committed to excellent service,” John said.
County Supervisor:Tara Gaston
In her first term as County Supervisor, Tara has enhanced the accessibility of her services by daily outreach in person and/or on social media. She has been appointed to state and national committees where she advocates for County needs regarding veterans, mental and public health, energy, the environment and land use. Focusing on transportation and healthcare access for all County residents, she led the effort to obtain full representation of Saratoga County on the CDTA and ensure City residents get continued transport to receive public health services. Tara’s additional priorities include transparency in County government; technology to increase efficiency for County personnel and finances; and services for vulnerable residents, particularly the homeless and those with substance use disorders. “I remain humbled by the trust of the residents of Saratoga Springs, and always appreciate receiving communications from residents to help me best represent them,” Tara said.