MALTA — At a Nov. 12 Malta board meeting, it was announced that plans are in the works to update Route 9 in Malta to a “Complete Street.” Plans include adding sidewalks, bike lanes and a median strip from Dunning Street along Route 9 to the Stonebreak Road roundabout.
“Last night’s board meeting was energetic to say the least; there are a lot of people that have opinions on it so to alleviate some of the concerns the town board decided to create an advisory committee. Myself and a couple other people will be on this committee and we will advise the town board on what we think and how the project should go,” said Michael York, Vice President of Malta Business and Professional Association (MBPA). He also says plans include lowering the speed limit to 30 miles per hour and adding street parking. York was brought into a town board meeting to discuss plans because of his experience in the MBPA. He is also the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Lofts at Saratoga.
A complete street is a street designed to provide access for multiple users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders. They are able to accommodate people of all abilities, ages and modes of transportation.
According to a feasibility study conducted for Malta in 2015, complete streets can improve access to local businesses, attract new businesses, enhance safety and lessen dependence on motor vehicles. The study was finalized in February of this year.
This part of Route 9 currently has two northbound lanes and two southbound lanes with a shared turningl ane in the middle. The town hopes the new design will slow traffic flow, beautify the area and allow for more foot traffic for the businesses.
“From a business perspective it makes a lot of sense. If you slow traffic down you’re more likely to see businesses,” York said.
York says the update will resemble the portion of South Broadway where the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame is in Saratoga Springs is.
“It wont have that grass because grass has to be maintained. There will be some sort of other material but the goal is to keep the traffic headed in a certain way and it should make that area look a lot prettier,” he added.
To fund the project, the town plans to use several sources. According to Jaime O'Neill, building and planning coordinator for Malta, $109,000 from Traffic Mitigation money that the town collects for various projects according to their projected traffic impacts, $809,000 from multimodal funding, $50,000 from multimodal funding that is being used for sidewalks along Blacksmith Drive and $1.133 Million Mitigationmoneythatistargetedfor the Stonebreak Road area.
She says the total cost of the update is in the neighborhood of just over $2 Million dollars but continues to fluctuate because the project is in the preliminary design stages.
Orignal plans slated construction to start Dec. but according to York, the Town is in no rush and there may be a new start date.
SARATOGA COUNTY — On Nov. 6 voters in New York will elect federal officials, statewide officials, and state senator and assemblyperson. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Absentee voting is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Saratoga County Board of Elections located at 50 West High St. in Ballston Spa.
According to the New York State Board of Elections, as of April 1, 2018, Saratoga County has 40,968 active registered Democrats and 59,893 Republicans. Surprisingly 37,465 active registered individuals have with no party affiliation. 2,355 active voters are registered as Conservative while the Green Party trails with only 400. The Independence party has a whopping 9,088 active registered voters while The Women’s Equality Party has 30 and the Reform party has 16.
Information about the candidates were gathered from their websites respectively and summarized in order to express their backgrounds, experience or platforms.
Governor and Lieutenant Governor Candidates:
• Andrew Cuomo: Dem, WF, I, WE.
LT Gov.: Kathy Hochul
• Marc Molinaro: Rep, CON, REF.
LT. Gov.: Julie Killian
• Howie Hawkins: Green
LT. Gov.: Jia Lee
• Stephanie Miner: Serve America Movement
LT. Gov.: Michael Volpe
• Larry Sharpe: Libertarian
LT. Gov.: Andrew Hollister
• Thomas DiNapoli: Dem, WF, I, REF, WE
• Jonathan Trichter: Rep, CON
• Mark Dunlea: Green
• Cruger Gallaudet: Libertarian
New York State Attorney General:
• Letitia James: Dem, WF, I
• Keith Wofford: Rep, CON
• Michael Sussman: Green
• Nancy Sliwa: REF
• Christopher Garvey: Libertarian
• Kirsten Gillibrand: Dem, WF, I, WE
• Chele Farley: Rep, CON, REF
20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
Charlton, Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta Mechanicville, Saratoga Springs and
parts of Stillwater and Ballston. Candidates are:
• Paul Tonko: Dem, WF, REF, WE
Paul Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District and is serving his fifth term after
first being sworn into Congress in 2009.
• Joe Vitollo: Rep
Vitollo is running for Congress in the New York 20th Congressional District. Vitollo plans to
promote private enterprise, protect Constitutional liberties and restore fiscal sanity to Washington.
21ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
Galway, Greenfield, Milton, Moreau, Northumberland, Providence, Saratoga, Wilton,
some parts of Stillwater and Ballston. Candidates are:
• Tedra Cobb: D, WF, WE
Cobb pledges to her constituents are to 1) work hard for everyone in her district, regardless of
party affiliation and 2) to remain the transparent and honest person she’s known to be.
• Elise Stefanik: Rep, CON, I, RFM
Stefanik is the representative for New York’s 21st Congressional District since 2015. From 2006 to
2009, Stefanik served as part of President George W. Bush’s Domestic Policy Council Staff and in
the Chief of Staff ’s office.
• Lynn Kahn: Green
Kahn has a Ph.D. is clinical psychology and has worked as an organizational psychologist inside
federal agencies for 32 years, including 61⁄2 years on the White House Partnership to
43RD SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
Greenfield, Halfmoon, Mechanicville, Moreau, Northumberland, Saratoga, Stillwater, Wilton
and parts of Saratoga Springs. Candidates include:
• Aaron Gladd: Dem, WF, WE
“I fought my way out of poverty growing up in the Adirondacks, fought for our country’s values
overseas, and fought for a better future for my family right here in upstate New York. Now, I’m
fighting to give you a voice in Albany,” Gladd says on his website.
• Daphne Jordan: Rep, CON, I, RFM
Legislative Director and Senate Local Government Committee Director for Senator Kathy
Marchione. Jordan was overwhelmingly elected to the Halfmoon Town Board in 2014, and
was re-elected in 2015. Jordan helped grow the Town’s General Fund balance from $70,000 to
49TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park, Galway, Malta, Milton, Providence and parts of Saratoga Springs. Candidates include:
• Michelle Ostrelich: Dem, WF, WE
According to Ostrelich’s website, her platform is health care for all, full funding for all our public
schools and thriving local economies.
• Jim Tedisco: Rep, CON, I, RFM
Tedisco has been representing the 49th State Senate District since 2016. Prior to the state
Senate, Tedisco served in the New York State Assembly from 1983-2016 and served as
Minority Leader from 2005 to 2009.
112TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT:
Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park, Galway, Greenfield, Halfmoon, Milton and Providence
• Mary Beth Walsh: Rep, CON, RFM
Walsh was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2016.
113TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT:
Malta, Mechanicville, Moreau, Northumberland, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, Stillwater and Wilton
• Carrie Woerner: Dem, I
Woerner was elected to the NYS Assembly in 2014. In the Assembly, Woerner has continued to
advocate for responsible spending and is focused on improving the business climate for small
businesses and farms, strengthening public schools and protecting the traditions, heritage and
culture of Saratoga and Washington counties.
• Morgan Zegers: Rep, CON, RFM
As a member of the Assembly Zegers will stand up to corrupt, business-as-usual politics in Albany
and stand up for the rights of Upstate New Yorkers.
MALTA — Saratoga Water Services, Inc. the company that provides drinking water for residents in the towns of Malta and Stillwater, is almost doubling in capacity in order to provide water to the growing amount of clients and residential developments in the works. In 2017 water consumption totaled in 195,461,050 gallons.
“We are permitted to pull so much water out of the ground and then that water is allocated to certain developments be it commercial or residential. In order to draw more that requires a new well or in our current case, a well pump upgrade to almost double the capacity of that well, how much water it can pump per minute,” said Marissa Mackay, Executive Vice President of Saratoga Water Services, Inc. and President of Luther Forest.
Saratoga Water Services located at 2 Stonebreak Rd. in Malta provides water to approximately 7,000 people, 45 businesses and 7 industrial customers, including Luther Forest Technology campus, home of GlobalFoundries.
“We need to store enough water for one full day’s use. When our average day of use gets close to our max tank capacity, we will need to invest in storage. Similarly with our pumps... we need to be able to pump enough water out to our customers, which is usually measured in Gallons Per Minute (GPM),” Mackay said.
The company gets roughly 500 GPM out of their current pump and hopes this upgrade will bring about 1,260 GPM.
“We recently invested in our distribution pumps to increase that capacity at our Cold Springs location,” she added.
Earlier this year the company added two more 50 HP distribution pumps to Cold Springs Pump House (CSPH), totaling five distribution pumps. Including another pump house the company has, Saratoga Water Services, is at a grand total of 3,585 GPM. The average demand is 506,370 gallons per a day.
Mackay says the cost of something like this is dependent upon the upgrade. “Storage, well pumps, distribution pumps or electrical or even controls... So many variables. We might have a minor communications upgrade that costs less than $10,000 or even less than $5,000, but on the other hand we may have a tank rehab/integration project that is close to $500,000 or even a full overhaul that will be upwards of $1.5 million,” Mackay said.
Hanson Well Drilling and Pump Co., with locations in Nassau, Chatham, Schenectady and Troy, is in charge of the well while Stilsing Electric, Inc. located in Rensselaer is working on the electrical side of things. The upgrade should be completed by the end of this week.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Golf and Polo Club has secured a $3.53 million loan from Adirondack Trust Co. The club plans to use the money for renovations that include an update to the golf course, the pool, the addition of a cabana, a platform tennis court and a warming hut.
According to Ron Ireland, General Manager of the club, the golf course’s renovations are almost done and pool renovations will be completed by Memorial Day of 2019. Everything else is going through the approval process with the city and construction will likely begin after Labor Day. Ireland suspects the entire upgrade will be completed shortly after the start of 2020. He says it is a major renovation.
“We’re bringing the golf course back to what it was like when it was built in 1896 but with a modern touch to it,” he said.
The 122-year-old, Victorian era golf course was known for its views of the Adirondacks, so the upgrade includes adding mounds, deepening the bunkers, re-designing tees and removing trees to maintain the view. The property, located at 301 Church St. in Saratoga Springs, is roughly 80 acres and has a nine-hole golf course. The clubhouse, which has three dining rooms, four meeting rooms, a bar, an additional golf shop, a billiard room and employee offices, is also getting renovated. The golf shop will be moved to another location on the property.
“It’s part of a long-term master plan. We surveyed our members a couple of years ago and what they told us was that we really should upgrade our amenities. They were willing to pay for it so we’ve established a monthly capital fee and using that money to do the actual renovations. We also established a capital reserve for the future to maintain and upgrade the facility,” Ireland said.
When asked what the membership fee was, Ireland declined to respond. Saratoga Golf and Polo Club already does have dining year- round, golf and four grass tennis courts, a clay course and three hard courts.
“We have a myriad of events, everything from drive-in movie nights for the kids, family New Years Eve, Valentines Day dinner, I mean we have something going on all the time,” Ireland said.
The golf club also has summer programs and a full- time tennis coach to accompany tennis programs.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Old Tavern Farm established in 2016, known for its thoroughbred racehorses, is about to be known for their wines. Located on Brown Rd. right off Saratoga Lake, Old Tavern Farm ventured into the wine industry a year and a half ago and are now shipping across the United Sates. Daughter of Walt and Michelle Borisenok, Nicole is at the helm of this new venture called Old Tavern Farm Winery, an extension of Old Tavern Farm. While working for Victoria’s Secret in Manhattan as a product developer Borisenok found herself coming home to the farm nearly every weekend.
“When we were tossing around doing the winery, I was looking to move home. I love spending time there and I wanted to be a part of the farm so I said I’ll take the lead on this,” Borisenok said.
Through working with Cornell University’s Horticultural Section, Borisenok was able to determine that up the road from the farm grapes for Riesling, Chardonnay and Marquette wines are able to withstand the cold temperatures in upstate New York.
“One of the things we know is that you can’t grow everything in these kinds of temperatures... There’s no way we’re going to be able to grow a Cabernet Sauvignon so what we did instead of waiting to mature, we wanted to get out there and establish our brand,” Borisenok said
Borisenok and her family set out to find the right growers that would allow them to have quality control over the grapes and landed on plots in Washington and California. Old Tavern Farm Winery currently sells three wines that were released in June; a Cabernet Sauvignon called “Big Barn” that was inspired by the family’s thoroughbred horse barn, a Rosé called “Farm Fresh” after the flowers that line the horse paddocks and a Chardonnay called “Hen and Hay” for the 13 hens at the farm.
Borisenok credits part of the wine’s success to the Foal Patrol program created by The National Museum of Racing and Hall Of Fame. This year, a million people tuned in to view a live stream of a mare at Old Tavern Farm foal and give birth. The farm is set to participate in season two of Foal Patrol.
“That certainly helped put the wine on the map; because of that we’re shipping all over the country. Followers of Foal Patrol love the farm and want a way to connect with it,” Borisenok said.
“It’s an outlet for people to enjoy life on the farm... So that was just a great connection working hand in hand ... To feel like they’re on the journey with us which is pretty cool,” she added.
SARATOGA COUNTY — This year’s general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Absentee voting is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Saratoga County Board of Elections located at 50 West High St. in Ballston Spa.
To find out your polling designation or who is running in your town, visit the Saratoga County
Board of Elections website at: www.saratogacountyny. gov/departments/board-of-elections.
Extended hours for absentee voting:
• Oct. 25: until 7 p.m.
• Oct. 27: 9 a.m. to noon.
• Oct. 30: until 7 p.m.
• Nov. 1: until 7 p.m.
• Nov. 3: 9 a.m. to noon.
•District Attorney: Karen A. Heggen (Rep, CON, I, RFM)
•Treasurer: Andrew B. Jarosh (Rep, CON, I, RFM)
Town & Village
TOWN OF BALLSTON:
•Town Justice: Keith Kissinger (Rep, CON, I, RFM)
•Council Member: Ryan Flinton (Rep)
•Town Justice: David F. Devall (Rep)
•Town Supervisor: Michael A. Smith (Rep, CON, I)
•Town Justice (vote for one):
Elizabeth Fairbanks-Fletcher (Dem)
Michael P. Ginley (Rep)
•Town Justice: Daniel Waldron (Rep, CON, I)
STILLWATER VILLAGE (DIST. 2):
•Village Mayor (vote for one):
Judith A. Wood-Shaw
Anthony J. Schunk
•Village Trustee, 3-year term: Dorothy DeMarco
•Village Trustee, 1-year term: John A. Basile
Saratoga Springs Charter Proposal
2 BALLOT QUESTIONS
1) Shall the Saratoga Springs City Charter be amended as proposed by
the 2018 Charter Review Commission?
2) Shall the Saratoga Springs City Charter be further amended to provide for two additional City Council members whose authority shall be legislative only?
NOTE: The initiative to increase the City Council to seven members requires a separate question as mandated by New York State Law. This initiative cannot be enacted without a “yes” vote on both questions.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — For anyone with questions about the newest generation of technology and treatment, Saratoga Hospital is hosting its 14th annual Breast Health Symposium on Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Saratoga Springs. The theme for this year’s symposium is “The Evolution of Breast Care,” with presentations by Saratoga Hospital physicians focused on technological advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer as well as post-cancer care. Thephysicianswillbeavailablefor general questions. The event is free andopentothepublic.However, registration is required.
Whether viewed as an annual chore or daily vigilance, breast cancer prevention touches every woman, and men too. Innovations in breast cancer detection and treatment has revolutionized care.
“The Center for Breast Care emphasizes coordinated, patient-centered care from diagnosis through survivorship,” said Dr. Patricia Rae Kennedy, breast surgeon and clinical director of the Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care.
“At this year’s symposium, attendees will learn about care options and other resources from a variety of specialists within their community. In addition, we are fortunate to have Dr. David Mastrianni reflect upon the evolution of care and lessons learned during his years as a medical oncologist here at Saratoga Hospital,”Kennedy said. Dr. Mastrianni now serves as the senior vice president of the Saratoga Hospital Medical Group.
In keeping with the center’s commitment to collaboration, the symposium will include presentations featuring health professionals and community partners from across the care continuum at Saratoga Hospital:
• Dr. Joseph Bell, surgeon, president of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group
• Dr. Philip Fear, radiologist, president of Millennium Medical Imaging
• Dr. David Mastrianni, senior vice president of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group
• Dr. Patricia Rae Kennedy, breast surgeon, director of Saratoga
Hospital Center for Breast Care
• Dr. Jerome Chao, plastic surgeon, Chao Plastic Surgery
• Dr. Casian Monaco, plastic surgeon, Albany Medical Center • Pierre Zimmerman, M.S., One Roof Holistic Health Center
The Breast Health Symposium is free and includes a complimentary breakfast plus local exhibitors from various community resources. Seating is limited; registration is required. To register, or for more information call 518-580-2450, or visit saratogahospital.org/events.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga WarHorse Foundation has announced the opening of a third equestrian and learning center at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park in Cockeysville, MD. The non-profit has been assisting veterans who suffer from the psychological repercussions of transitioning to civilian life through equine-assisted therapy since 2013.
The Kevin Kamenetz Arena was named in honor of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz who passed away suddenly on May 10. The grand opening was held in May as well, which is military appreciation month. The Kevin Kamenetz Arena adds a third location for Saratoga WarHorse to operate in addition to their current locations in Saratoga Springs and Aiken S.C.
“Saratoga WarHorse is so thrilled and honored to have this collaboration with Baltimore County,” said Bob Nevins, founder of Saratoga WarHorse.
“This will ensure that the program will be open to assist more veterans in need,” he added.
According to Allison Cherkosly, the executive director of the Saratoga WarHorse, the foundation has seen a lot of veterans come from the Baltimore County Area to the other two facilities. There is also a large veteran population in Maryland. The equine-assisted experience is an immersive program where a handful of veterans participate as a cohort group for a three-day program of classroom and one-on- one ground-based sessions with a horse. The program is free of charge to participants as Saratoga WarHorse is privately funded through donations and assumes the cost of operating the equine programs including the off-site room and board participants.
The overall equine operation occupies 12.7 acres including two barns, pasture and paddock space and a 9,600 square-foot arena with classrooms.Baltimore County executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which is an agreement between two or more parties that express that they work together towards common objective. Per the terms of the MOU, Baltimore County pays no operating costs for the equine program but the county funded the $2.96 Million construction of the equine facility and pays for maintenance and the care and feeding of the rotating herd of horses.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 4th Annual Safe Harbour Summit will be held at Skidmore College on Friday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is geared towards organizations and agencies that have a likelihood of coming in contact with youth who are at risk of being trafficked. This year’s conference focuses on the medical side of human trafficking such as health care professionals, and those who may play a role in identifying trafficking and treating resulting conditions caused by trafficking.
The Safe Harbour: NY program supports counties in developing their capacity to identify youth who have been trafficked, sexually exploited, or are at risk of victimization, and to meet identified service needs of these youth. The summit is made available through a Safe Harbour grant from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and a partnership between the Saratoga County Department of Social Services, Saratoga Center for the Family, and CAPTAIN Community Human Services.
In an effort to have their physical, mental and emotional needs met, youth with past trauma and vulnerability to trafficking or at-risk of being trafficked often come in contact with a wide array of medical professionals. These types of interactions can offer both a opportunity to limit the risk for this vulnerable population of becoming trafficked and increase the ability to identify those at high risk of being trafficked. Aimed at educating, informing, raising awareness, and taking steps to prevent and stop trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of youth, the summit will also familiarize attendees with victim resources and services.
“We hope you are able to join us for what promises to be an up-close and personal look at how we recognize and respond to youth we suspect are being trafficked or at risk of being trafficked,” stated John Kelly, Law Enforcement Coordinator at Saratoga Center for the Family and Safe Harbour Coordinator.
“After hearing from our presenters, we feel confident you will know what to look for and who to contact should you encounter a youth who has been trafficked,” he added.
Speakers for the event include Jasmine Grace, the author of “The Diary of Jasmine Grace,” a true story of her life that sheds light on understanding the manipulation and mental programming involved in commercial sex; Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking and an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; and lastly, Dina McManus, LCSW-R, who has been a therapist in the field of sexual abuse and trauma for nearly 20 years; she is currently the Director for Clinical Services of LaSalle School’s Specialized Treatment Services Program.
SARATOGA — A year and a half ago the Town of Saratoga received a $25,000 Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grant award from New York State to study the state of agricultural in the town and establish a plan that advances and protects the agricultural resources. In September, the town formally put out the executive summary of the findings and what they plan to do next. This is the first time a plan has been devised focusing exclusively on agriculture.
“Once the grant was approved we then formed a sub-committee of around 18 people and we started meeting on a monthly basis,” Thomas Wood said. Wood is the Supervisor of the Town of Saratoga and a member of this committee, which he called the agriculture and farmland protection plan committee.
“Agriculture has always been a critical part of the Town of Saratoga and the changes that are happening in the town are reflective of the same changes that are happening in many other communities... We wanted to see what steps, we as a town government, could do to encourage and enhance the current agricultural enterprises and support them in any way that we could,” he added.
The summary outlines benefits of agriculture in the town, one key benefit noted the benefit to the local tax base stating that “studies have repeatedly shown that farms pay more in taxes than they receive in services, keeping property taxes low for other property owners in the town.” Other benefits include the economic, health and tourism impact in the community. The summary also projected the population of Saratoga to grow from 5,674(2010) to 6,130 by 2030. The prediction indicates that the demand for additional housing will likely continue and result in the conversion of agricultural lands to residential uses in the rural district unless there are more effective strategies in place to protect agriculture.
Actions recommended by the committee include a revision to the definition of “farm” and change it to “farm operation” as well as adding other terms in the definitions in the zoning code to be more inclusive of contemporary farm life and agri- business. The town would also like to establish a permanent agricultural advisory committee that will provide the support to the agriculture community.
“Some of the other things would be more time consuming. They will require action by the NYS legislature and will require a state law change. For example, to get an agricultural assessment exemption you have to have a farm of less than seven acres and you have to generate $50,000 a year in annual gross sales of agricultural products, but if your farm was 10 acres or more you would need to generate only $10,000,” Wood said.
Wood expects to see action by the first of the new year. “We’re in the process now. We had a formal public hearing last night (Oct. 3) and for the last couple months at our town board meetings we’ve had discussions about it and reviewed it. At our November meeting we will have another public hearing and then subject to the input that we receive at the November meeting we will either adopt it at the meeting or make additional changes and then maybe adopt it at the December meeting,” Wood said.
“It is a plan, it is not law, but coming from the plan are the suggestions for the steps and the things that the town needs to do that can enhance the agriculture industry,” he added.