In a special City Council meeting on Thursday February 9, the long-awaited and controversial Civilian Review Board was officially seated. Four new members will join Kristen Dart, who was previously announced as Chair.
Throughout his annual State of the City address, Mayor Ron Kim emphasized the unity among the council members, who, along with Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, sat behind him as he stood at the podium. Kim, who said he’s the first Asian-American mayor of a state city, said 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, which he said is a symbol of peace and prosperity. Thus, he has designated 2023 as a year of hope.
After our post on the proposed navigation center planned for the Senior Center building at 5 Williams St, Shelters of Saratoga announced on Friday February 3 that it would not participate in the program.
Voters approve of the job Kathy Hochul is doing as governor 56-36%, up from 49-44% last month, and the best it’s ever been. Her favorability rating is 48-42%, up a little from 45-43% last month, and the 48% tops her previous high favorability rating by a point.
At the January 17, 2023 city council meeting, renowned author and Abenaki elder Joseph Bruchac was formally welcomed as the city’s first-ever poet laureate. The resolution which was approved states that “the Poet Laureate will always strive to create community in the City of Saratoga Springs.” Click through to the post to see his remarks on video.