COVID forced a cancellation of public ceremonies, but the new and returning members of the Saratoga Springs City Council and County Board of Supervisors were sworn in on schedule on Saturday, January 1 and the Council subsequently had its first meeting on Tuesday, January 4.
On January 1, 2022, the incoming Democrats in our city government took their oaths of office in the chambers of Judge Francine Vero in Saratoga Spring’s City Hall. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the public was not permitted inside but we were able to watch via livestream. Congratulations to Mayor Ron Kim, Commissioner of Public Safety Jim Montagnino, Commissioner of Finance Minita Sanghvi, Commissioner of Accounts Dillon Moran and returning Supervisor Tara N. Gaston!
Incoming city Mayor Ron Kim promises greater transparency on police accusations of misconduct, according to the Times-Union, says he will terminate the current city attorneys to get it. The action comes amid a filing of an Article 78 by former executive editor of the Saratogian and Troy Record Barbara Lombardo, who since August 2020 has sought copies of excessive use of force complaints.
From Supervisor Tara N. Gaston: “Governor Kathy Hochul has signed NYS Senate Bill 4306B expanding #EarlyVoting in #NYS. I am grateful for the Governor signing this bill, and especially for the work of Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner in making sure the interests of The City of Saratoga Springs, NY were well-represented!
“There is a difference between public health and the leadership of the county,” responded Saratoga Springs Supervisor Tara Gaston. “What the chairman (Todd Kusnierz) sent out was essentially a 'FU' to the governor and those in state leadership who are trying to keep people safe.