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SARATOGA SPRINGS – The historic Yaddo Mansion – original home of Spencer and Katrina Trask and gathering space to thousands of literary guests since 1926 – is set to reopen after being restored to its original splendor, following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Immortalized by one-time artist-in-residence Sylvia Plath in her poem “Yaddo: The Grand Manor” (“…Guests in the studios/Muse, compose. Indoors, Tiffany's phoenix rises/ Above the fireplace; Two carved sleighs…”) the reopening of the Mansion will be toasted during the estate’s annual June fundraiser.

The event takes place June 20 and includes appetizers, specialty drinks, an auction, and an action-packed evening with singer-songwriter, producer, author and Yaddo alum Mike Doughty, founder of the’90s band Soul Coughing. Tickets vary in price and may be purchased at: https://www.yaddo.org/tickets-2019-yaddo-summer-benefit/.

Published in Entertainment
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 20:00

April 12 – April 18, 2019


Daniel A. Salas Miranda, 40, of Wilton, was sentenced April 9 to concurrent prison terms of 1-1/3 to 4 years and 10 years in prison, followed by post-release supervision, in connection with the death of Michael Kornacki last October. Miranda pleaded to criminally negligent homicide and criminal possession of a weapon – both felonies, in February, admitting that he negligently discharged an illegal firearm inside his room at the Crest Inn on Oct. 7, 2018, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office. The bullet traveled through the wall of an adjoining room and struck and killed Kornacki. 

Robert W. Rivers, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced April 5 to five years of probation, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree. 

Travis R. Broe, 28, of Queensbury, pleaded April 5 to aggravated DWI, a felony, in connection with an incident in Northumberland. Sentencing scheduled May 24. 

Karl W. Kimball, 53, of Ballston Spa, pleaded April 3 to attempted sexual abuse in the first-degree in connection with an incident in Milton. Sentencing scheduled May 29. 

Joshua L. Corbisiero, 41, of Wilton, was sentenced to five years in state prison, after pleading to second degree assault. 

Alicia C. Lewie, 34, of Schuylerville, was sentenced April 3 to five years in state prison, after pleading to attempted robbery in the first-degree, in connection with an incident in the town of Saratoga. 


Michael B. Vanyo, 51, of Saratoga Springs, was charged April 6 with misdemeanor DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and making an improper right turn, following a property damage motor vehicle crash on Maple Avenue in the Town of Wilton, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.   

Earl Pittman, 39, of Schenectady, was charged April 7 with felony DWI as a second offense, one misdemeanor and one felony count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. 

Ronald Anderson, 38, of Schenectady, was charged April 6 with disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of marijuana. 

Joel Hart, 35, of Schenectady, was charged April 7 with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh-degree, a misdemeanor. 

Victor Santos, 40, of Amsterdam, was charged April 5 with misdemeanor DWI, criminal possession of a weapon- a felony, the misdemeanors: criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, and making an unsafe turn and failure to stop at a stop sign. 

Marc Jenks, 41, of Corinth, was charged April 4 with grand larceny in the fourth-degree and falsifying business records in the first-degree, both felonies. 

Gregory Watson, 20, of Saratoga Springs, was charged April 3 with petit larceny, and falsifying business records – both misdemeanors. 

Briani White, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged April 2 on a warrant with robbery in the first-degree, assault in the second-degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree. All three charges are felonies. 

Meghan McCabe, 39, of Saratoga Springs, was charged April 1 with misdemeanor petit larceny. 

Published in Police Blotter
Thursday, 11 April 2019 13:19

Athlete of the Week: Nick Grosso

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Nick Grasso, a right-handed tennis player at Saratoga Springs High School believes that one’s character both on and off the court is an athlete’s most notable quality.

Grasso began playing tennis while attending a summer camp at eight years old. He would see experienced tennis players practicing at the camp, and he thought to himself that maybe he should give it a try. After discovering his natural talent with a racket, tennis soon became his favorite sport.

“The fact that it’s an individual sport. When you do something well or you play a good match it’s solely because you played well yourself or if you lost its also on you. I like that individual factor, that the results are dependent on you,” said Grasso.  

Though playing tennis may be an individual sport, Grasso has a strong team behind him. His friends coaches Tim O’Brien and Kurt Decker, and Rich John’s from Act With Respect Always, are a few people who constantly support Grasso, and keep tabs on how his game is. However, the biggest support system Grasso can name are his parents. 
“Tennis is not an easy sport to play because in the U.S. it’s still growing a little bit,” said Grasso. “It’s long driving to the tournaments; three to four-hour drives but they are always willing to support me and drive me.”  
Grasso’s two biggest inspirations couldn’t be any more different athletically speaking, but it’s the off-the-court commonality that Grosso resonates with. One would be Swedish tennis player Roger Federer, due to his sportsmanship and the way he carries himself. On a more personal note, Grosso admires his grandfather, as he is friendly and outgoing and tries to make friends with everyone.
“I like to try to bring that when I’m playing because I would much rather be remembered for my sportsmanship and being kind rather than being someone who’s not so kind but playing well,” said Grasso.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS — For the first time ever, the Weibel Ice Rink will be open throughout the spring.
“We are so excited that the City will be keeping the ice available for our skaters,” said Bart Bergbom, president of the Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club.
Each spring the Saratoga Figure Skating Club travels in search of good ice to master their skills, traveling as far as Scotia and Albany during rush hour. The constant change of venue creates an inconsistency with their practice schedules. 
“There’s only a couple other ice rinks in the area in the capital region and they’re overcrowded at this point because of the limited ice, which makes it difficult for our skaters to practice when they want to,” said Bergbom. “It kind of becomes unsafe just with literally overcrowding on the ice.”
Due to this need, the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department partnered with the Department of Public Works in order to make the Weibel Ice Rink available for the months of April through June. However, keeping the ice rink open as the temperature rises is not a simple task.
"As the weather warms up, it becomes harder and harder to produce good ice,” said Skip Scirocco, the commissioner of Public Works. “We’re gonna keep our fingers crossed and hope that we can maintain a good quality of ice out there."
The equipment used to keep the ice running is ten years old, and as of right now, there isn’t a back-up plan in place, in the rare instance the equipment fails. “Right now we’re at the mercy of our equipment. That’s not without issues. I think overall we’re gonna have a good run this year,” said Scirocco.
To learn about the spring offerings from the Figure Skating Club visit .ssfsc.wordpress.com.
Published in Sports
Thursday, 11 April 2019 12:19

The New Brookhaven Golf Course and Restaurant

GREENFIELD — The Brookhaven Golf Course is preparing to become a multifaceted community recreational spot.
As of January of this year, Brookhaven’s golf professional shop and restaurant are now under new management and aims to bring modernity to the 56-year-old golf course. Anthony Therrien, the new manager of the pro shop, will utilize technology to expand communication to the golfing community of Greenfield.
“It seems that everything was dated back. I want to make everything be more technological so that everyone can see what’s going on,” said Therrien. “Tournaments will have a digital scoreboard. If we have their e-mail, they will get a digital report on how they did at the tournament.... a lot of places, if you leave early from a tournament, you don’t know how you did.”
In addition to technological advancements, there will be many golfing programs that will members of the community of all ages such as programs where kids play free when golfing with their parents and learn-to-golf classes for adults as well. Outside of golf, there are plans to host community events on the course including outdoor movie screenings.
“It’s for the community. We want everyone to come and have a good time…Just to give them an opportunity to play and enjoy the course. To be a real community place for everyone to come and have fun,” said Therrien.”
Being just ten miles out from downtown Spa City, Brookhaven is an ideal patch of greenery for a relaxing, outdoor meal. The previous restaurant, The Haven Tea Room was a place for members of the golf club to enjoy a mid-day beverage at the bar, but the new manager, Tina Pethick would like the new restaurant, The Full Course, to be the neighborhood dining spot.
Pethick has years of restaurant experience and has brought on two cooks to provide a myriad of items ranging from classic American dishes to Italian influenced cuisines. 
“For the restaurant, we’re looking to pretty much fill the house. We want people to be happy. We want it to be a place to come in that you enjoy; that the staff treats you really well so that you want to keep coming back.”
Full Course is already booked two months in advance for weddings, golf tournaments, and family gatherings!
Sunday, April 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. will be the pro shop and restaurant’s open house. 
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SARATOGA SPRINGS- The statistics: one in six American adults takes at least one psychiatric drug over the course of a year. Hundreds of millions of prescriptions for psychiatric medication are written annually.

Depression and anxiety disorders affect millions of Americans. To that point, Saratoga based psychiatrist Bick Wanck, MD, has authored “Mind Easing: 3-Layered Healing Plan for Anxiety and Depression” - a new book that introduces a holistic approach to mental health treatment. Wanck will lead a discussion about his book and the topic at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at Northshire Bookstore Saratoga, 424 Broadway.

“It became clear to me when I was about 15 years old that helping to relieve suffering was a mission of mine. I wasn’t sure what that would look like, but I wanted to help people to get out of a bad situation, no matter what that bad situation may be,” says Wanck, who has practiced in Saratoga since 1986.

While at medical school he grew increasingly intrigued in the specifics of how the mind works. “It brings in issues of literature, philosophy, science, biology – everything. That captivated me. I decided psychiatry it would be, but I became disenchanted with medicine, because there didn’t seem to be an adequate focus on healing for my purposes,” Wanck says. “The primary issue in regard to getting well is healing. Healing happens naturally. I said: wow, why aren’t we studying that? Why aren’t we putting more emphasis on how healing works and assist that process, rather than jumping right into treating symptoms. I made trouble for myself talking about that a lot.”

Wanck grew frustrated over the lack of emphasis on healing. “I just got fed up. So, I graduated from medical school, got an old van, fixed it up and hit the road. Eventually I ended up in Peru, in the jungle. I was looking for answers about healing and it was the experience in the jungle with the shaman that put it together for me,” says Wanck, who grew up in a rural area of Pennsylvania and spent a lot of time in the wilderness as well as on reservations. His grandmother was an herbalist.

“Sometimes the psychiatric providers are so rushed that when someone walks into their office and looks upset, the first thing they think about is: ‘I wonder what I can prescribe for this person, so they’ll feel better?’” Wanck says.  “When someone walks into the office of a healing person who takes more time that person sees someone upset walking into their office - and they’re not going to think, what can I prescribe for them; They’re going ask: I wonder what’s wrong? And then take some time to find which of the three essential causes of anxiety and depression might be happening here.”

Wanck describes the three essential causes as: excessive current stress, early adversity and trauma, and genetics. “Two things that mimic them are medical problems like low thyroid, or addiction problems that can look like anything,” he says. “People can have any one of them, or all three of them.”

“Mind Easing” explores, among other things, when medicine might help with anxiety and depression, and when it might hinder the healing process. The use of psychiatric medication, for example, comes in to play when the degree of suffering from anxiety or depression is so severe that it interferes with a person’s capacity to make use of healing methods such as diet, exercise and stress management.

“The subtitle is the three-layered healing plan for anxiety and depression. And I do show in the book how to apply the three-layered healing model to anything: dental, cancer, heart disease…I think it’s an approach that can be helpful and empower people to promote healing,” he says. “I only include the wellness approaches and therapy approaches that have some scientific merit, where there are outcome studies that show it works for a sufficient percentage of people.”

Wanck studied at Penn State and eventually relocated Princeton, New Jersey where he ran the addiction programs for a private hospital and helped start the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.  

“I suggest that everybody put together a package of wellness activities for themselves so either they don’t get anxious or depressed or sick in some physical way, or if they do that whatever they do with therapy, or western medicine will be more effective,” he says.    

“The body and the mind constantly heal themselves. You cut yourself, it heals. If there’s some dirt in it: wash it out. It’ll need some help, but it will heal on its own. If it’s a bad enough cut, you might need a couple of stitches - that would be layer three - a medical intervention to assist the natural process of healing,” Wanck says. “It’s the same way with the mind: every day there are times when people feel empty, scared, sad. You might not even know why. But the mind adjusts, it copes. So, there’s a natural healing process that happens all the time. The goal of this three-layered healing plan is to assist that process, to empower the strength of healing.”

Northshire Bookstore Presents: Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. - Bick Wanck - Mind Easing: The Three-Layered Healing Plan for Anxiety and Depression.  Author and psychiatrist Bick Wanck will share his book and his healing plan for the three essential causes of anxiety and depression. This book is intended as a guide for both mental health practitioners and for general readers. Bick Wanck is one of the founders of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

Northshire Bookstore Saratoga, is located at 424 Broadway. Also this month, the bookstore will present:

6 p.m. Monday, April 8 - Pulitzer Prize Finalist Luis Alberto Urrea – “The House of Broken Angels,” Pulitzer Prize-finalist Luis Alberto Urrea will share his riveting novel about the De La Cruzes, a family on the Mexican-American border, celebrating two of their most beloved relatives during a joyous and bittersweet weekend.

7 p.m.  Friday, April 12 - Matt Lesniewsky in conversation – “The Freak.” Author and artist Matt Lesniewsky will celebrate the publication of his debut graphic novel. Lesniewsky will discuss the book and his art with Chris Martinez of the Evil Geek Podcast. The Freak tells the story of a man thought of as the world’s ugliest man.

Noon, Thursday, April 18 - Lunch at Hattie’s Restaurant with Juliette Fay – “City of Flickering Light.” A special lunch at Hattie’s with bestselling historical fiction author Juliette Fay. Her new novel transports us back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the raucous Roaring Twenties, as three friends struggle to earn their places among the stars of the silent screen—perfect for fans of La La Land and Rules of Civility. Tickets required for this event.

For more information, call 518-682-4200 or 1-855-339-5990, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.

Published in Entertainment
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 20:00

April 5 – April 11, 2019


Paul J. Palso, age 32, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced April 2 to one year in jail, after pleading to felony assault. 

Sean P. Bass, age 30, of Schuylerville, was sentenced April 1 to 1.5 years in state prison, after pleading to criminal sexual act in the third-degree, a felony, in Saratoga Springs, and 21/3 to 7 years in prison for aggravated criminal contempt, a felony, in Wilton. Sentences to run concurrently. 

Stephen K. Matthews, age 47, of Gansevoort, pleaded April 1 to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony, in Moreau. Sentencing May 20. 

Nathan W. Preston, age 36, of Johnson City, pleaded April 1 to felony DWI, in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing June 24. 

Michael P. Abraham, age 38, of Greenfield, was sentenced March 29 to 2 to 6 years in state prison, after pleading to promoting sexual performance by a child, a felony, and two years in state prison for course of sexual conduct against a child in the second-degree. Sentences to run concurrently. 


Jessica L. Kilbara, age 32, of Ballston Spa, was charged March 28 with two felony counts of rape in the second-degree, and two felony counts criminal sexual act in the second-degree. Between January 2017 and May 2017, Kilbara is accused of engaging in oral sexual conduct and having sexual intercourse with two 13-year-old males. Kilbara was arraigned before Judge Brown in the Milton Town Court and was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to answer the respective charges in the Milton Town Court at a later date, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. 

Jessica Watson-Brown, age 27, of Troy, was charged March 29 in Saratoga Springs with tampering with physical evidence, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree, a felony.      

Ryan Barrett, age 22, of Warrensburg, was charged March 30 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana, and the motor vehicle violation: no license. 

Jason Sorrentino, age 38, of Ticonderoga, was charged March 31 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance and moving from lane unsafely. 

Albina Burton, age 37, of Schenectady, was charged March 31 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a speeding violation. 

Adam Allain, age 25, of Saratoga Springs, was charged April 1 with third degree assault, a misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Sandra Spinelli, age 44, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 25 with fourth degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. 

Penny Lafave, age 51, of Greenfield Center, was charged March 29 in Saratoga Springs with felony DWI as a second offense, felony aggravated DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to keep right.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – It was shortly before the Summer of Love, just before the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 and around the time Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing world championship for refusing to be inducted into the U.S. Army.

Eric Andersen, by that time, already had a couple of albums to his credit. He’d made an appearance in an Andy Warhol film alongside “Girl of the Year" Edie Sedgwick, and was being recruited by Brian Epstein to be taken under the Beatles’ manager’s wing. Epstein arrived in New York with an advance copy of “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and invited Andersen to give it a preview listen.   

“He had just flown over from London and was at the Waldorf Astoria,” Andersen recalls. “We had a little record player and he just played it. We heard ‘A Day In The Life.’ We heard a bunch of tracks, there, in the dark, with only a little light coming from the bathroom that was open just a crack.”   

Three years later, Andersen journeyed alongside Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead atop the rails of their legendary trans-Canadian train tour, and a handful of years after that was on stage harmonizing with Patti Smith in a prequel to Bob Dylan's equally legendary Rolling Thunder Revue. Legendary status finds him resting easily.

“Live long enough and you’ll get to meet everybody,” he says with a laugh.

Fast-forward to the present day where on an early spring afternoon, the singer-songwriter-poet is motoring between a booking in Philadelphia – where he sang about Lou Reed in Anthony DeCurtis' music journalism class – and Montclair, New Jersey, where a 1960s themed concert is being staged. Over the past two weeks, he’s appeared in Greece to give a speech to a psychoanalytic convention – “I know, go figure,” – and celebrated Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday on the Lower East Side alongside Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders and Laurie Anderson.

Now, he begins a springtime tour, which visits Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, April 7.  Andersen will be accompanied by percussionist Cheryl Prashker, producer, musician, and audio engineer extraordinaire Steve Addabbo, and violinist Scarlet Rivera - whose majestical bowing is forever sonically imprinted on the Bob Dylan tracks “Hurricane,” and “One More Cup of Coffee,” and on David Johansen’s “Lonely Tenement,” among others. 

Twenty or so years ago, Andersen co-wrote a song titled "You Can't Relive the Past" with Lou Reed. And while maybe you can’t relive the past, he seems mostly OK talking about it, albeit amid all kinds of mayhem going on around him. 

“We just missed an accident. Just got by it. Collision of two cars right on the street. Two firetrucks. Two ambulances. And a freight train going by overhead,” Andersen says. Further complicating matters is he is being navigated in a vehicle with an apparently wonky tire. “The car is vibrating,” he reports. Or, it could be the making of a song.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1943, Andersen received his early schooling in Buffalo, where he taught himself guitar and piano, watched Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers play at his high school gym and saw Elvis Presley perform in a gold suit at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

“What do you remember about Elvis in Buffalo in 1956?”  

“When that first chord hit, the chairs were kicked away within one nanosecond and everyone was standing,” he responds.

In the early 1960s, Andersen hitchhiked west and landed at job at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, where he attended a party following a Haight-Ashbury poetry reading on a memorable November night in 1963.  “I wrote a 26-minute-long tone poem called ‘Beat Avenue,’ about it,” he says.  “The day John Kennedy was killed. I was at a party with Allen Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti, and (Kerouac’s friend) Neal Cassady – the protagonist of ‘On The Road.’ They were all there. And Allen was walking around with no clothes on. That was funny. Like a naked Buddha.”  The double CD set, “Beat Avenue,” features 14 original compositions in all, and was released in 2003.

At the invitation of Tom Paxton, Andersen headed to New York City where a flourishing Greenwich Village songwriting circle included Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. His first New York gig was opening for John Lee Hooker. He performed at a plethora folk and jazz clubs. And when not performing, was watching others - the Velvet Underground, the Doors, and John Coltrane, among them – stage their own performances.  

“John Coltrane… on stage he could put himself in a trance and play. And eventually he’d put you in a trance,” Andersen says.  

During the 1970’s, Andersen divided his time between California and New York, the latter being where a new scene was unfolding with people like Sam Sheppard and Leonard Cohen, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith. “Patti Smith: she was working at the book store, and we were all living at The Chelsea Hotel.” Manhattan, meanwhile, isn’t what it used to be. “It’s so gentrified and expensive,” he says.

The early ‘70s also delivered the release of “Blue River,” perhaps his best-known and best-selling record. “One crazy (concert) was when my album ‘Blue River’ came out. I did a show with the Jefferson Airplane in front of 400,00 people. They had a band. I had a guitar. I mean, I figured if I didn’t get a heart attack that day… I’ll live forever.”

More recently, Sony/Legacy Recordings issued “The Essential Eric Andersen” last spring. The 42-track retrospective covers 50 years of Andersen’s recorded history. A retrospective documentary, titled “The Songpoet,” is slated for release later this year. (The trailer, which looks awesome, may be viewed HEREHERE

On April 7, Andersen returns to Caffe Lena, where he last performed 12 months ago.

"Saratoga. If I had done better at the track, I could be living in my Range Rover on my small estate in Saratoga Springs, one of those houses with the pillars with a chandelier 100 miles up over the front door," he says with a laugh. Of Sarah Craig, Caffe Lena’s executive director, Andersen says: “she’s one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. She’s a repository of arcana. She knows all kinds of facts and figures about the world; a reservoir of fascinating information,” he says. “You can print that for everybody to know.”  So, there it is.

Eric Andersen, with Scarlet Rivera and Cheryl Prashker, performs 7 p.m.  Sunday, April 7 at  Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. Tickets are $35 general admission, $32 café members, $17.50 students and kids. More information and tickets, go to: caffelena.org, or call 518-583-0022. 

Published in Entertainment
Thursday, 28 March 2019 16:13

Putnam Street Eyesore Demolished, Condos Planned

SARATOGA SPRINGS – An eyesore that stood for decades on Putnam Street was demolished Monday afternoon. In its place will rise a five-story mixed-use building with plans calling for a restaurant at the street level and approximately two-dozen condominium apartments upstairs.

“Everyone I know has loathed that building for decades,” said Jason Letts, shortly after a massive excavator, boasting more than 80,000 lbs. of operating weight, extended its 20-foot boom and clawed at the architecture, laying to waste the last wall standing and leaving a debris field comprised of twisted metal and broken bricks, splintered wood and chunks of concrete.     

“Before I got involved with this, whenever I’d take my son to the library (across the street) I’d think: somebody’s got to do something about that, so I’m glad to be doing something about it,” said Letts, one of the co-owners of the proposed “Five-Three” development that will be located at 53 Putnam St., opposite the Saratoga Springs Public Library. 

The initial intent was to revamp the existing two-story building and create a performance venue with a food service component. Those plans changed after the site was revealed to be contaminated from its earlier use as a dry clean facility as well as sustaining oil contamination from an offsite source.

“When we learned about all the environmental conditions, it wasn’t feasible,” Letts said. “The building had asbestos and was completely dilapidated. It had to go. The next step is removing five feet of soil, and also some oil.”

Environmental remediation is being conducted via the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program –an alternative to greenfield development and intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of urban brownfields.

Late in 2018, the group proposed the development of a six-story building featuring 40 condominium units in the $400,000 to $800,000 price range topped by a roof deck, pergola and a stair tower – which would top-off at 84 feet above ground-level.

Those plans have since been scaled back to a proposal of four floors and a partial “setback” fifth floor, Letts said. The number of condo units has also been amended to about 23 apartments in all. The price point will stay the same as initially proposed.

Earlier plans for a ground floor communal-type kitchen have also been amended and will instead likely feature a restaurant. Letts said there is strong interest from Capital Region based restaurants seeking to move into Saratoga.

The group is currently responding to some unresolved questions posed by the city’s Land Use boards, but the hope is that approvals will be secured in short order.

“We’re hoping to really get going in the fall. From that point, our construction manager is talking about an 18-month construction period,” Letts said. There are no plans for on-site parking. “That’s something we’re still working out,” he added. “We’re excited about making our city cleaner and more vibrant and we think this will be a big revitalization to some of the slightly off-Broadway areas.” 


Published in News
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 20:00

March 29 – April 4, 2019


James A. Topper, age 23, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced March 22 to 1-to-3 years in state prison, after pleading to vehicular assault in the second-degree, in Milton. 

Joshua S. O’Halloran, age 37, of Catskill, was sentenced March 22 to five years of probation after pleading to felony burglary, in Ballston. 

Brian K. Deso, age 34, of Glens Falls, was sentenced March 22 to 8-1/2 years in state prison, after pleading to burglary in the second-degree, a Class C Violent Felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Moreau initially charged in June 2018. 

 Scott H. Lortie, age 29, of Moreau, pleaded March 22 to attempted assault in the second-degree. Sentencing scheduled May 24. 

Daniel M. Desnoyers, age 29, of Milton, was sentenced March 22 to five years of probation, after pleading to aggravated criminal contempt, in Milton. 

Michael L. Murphy, age 42, of Malta, was sentenced March 25 to five years of probation, after pleading to aggravated DWI, a felony. 

Shawn A. Smith, age 25, of Halfmoon, was sentenced March 25 to one year in jail, after pleading to aggravated DWI, a felony, in Malta. 


Durlitch Douge, age 38, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 20 with unlawful surveillance in the second-degree, a felony. The charge alleges the use of an imaging device for no legitimate purpose. Douge is accused of employing an endoscope – a device with a light and camera on it that is meant to perform a medical procedure – and placing the device underneath the door(s) of a city-based hotel. He was not registered as a guest at the hotel, according to police.     

James Hughes, age 44, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 21 with second degree assault, and criminal possession of a weapon – both felonies.

Louis Marino, age 51, of Niskayuna, was charged March 23 with misdemeanor DWI, and moving unsafely between lanes. 

Jonathan Matala, age 26, of Malta, was charged March 23 with disorderly conduct: fight/violent behavior, on Caroline Street.

Joe Powell, age 55, of Mechanicville, was charged March 24 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, on Congress St. 

Christian Dobert, age 18, of Schenectady, was charged March 24 with operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana, on Union Avenue. 

Nicole Pagano, age 33, of Schenectady, was charged March 20 with issuing a bad check with knowledge of insufficient funds, a misdemeanor. 

Christopher Lenk, age 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged March 18 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second-degree, operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate, and circumventing an interlock system. 

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