2015 - What A Year It Was

In 2015, the city of Saratoga Springs celebrated the centennial anniversary of its incorporation with a refurbished Spirit of Life Statue, the creation of a Centennial Park, and its first Comprehensive Plan in more than a decade – which took 20 meetings and a slew of workshops and public hearings in advance of its eventual adoption in June. We learned all about PUDs (refresher course HERE), Buskers, Parking Garages and Solar Ordinances.

We followed the story of a Saratoga County sheriff's sergeant, who resigned his position after a motorist with a video camera captured the law enforcement official pepper-spraying him, and witnessed the birth of Saratoga PAC – which came into being a few months prior to the city’s November election, although every single sitting council member and supervisor ultimately retained his or her respective seat.

AP chooses AP: American Pharoah's triad of victories that ended a 37-year drought of horse racing's Triple Crown was selected as the "Sports Story of the Year" by The Associated Press, far eclipsing The New England Patriot’s "Deflategate" scandal, which was voted No. 2. The Triple Crown winner created tons of excitement when arriving in the Spa City, resulting in a sold out Travers Day crowd at the racecourse where American Pharoah came up short – extending the mythology of Saratoga being the graveyard of favorites.

We watched as many new buildings sprouted up across the city, while many others were reported as dead on arrival, rejected by a vociferous public aggressively advocating for maintaining its greenspace, and its successful city-in-the-country concept. In 2016, undoubtedly the debating will continue.

Some moments captured in 2015:

One-time Saratoga street busker Sawyer Fredericks made it onto the national stage and returned to the city to a hero’s welcome at SPAC in June.

Mary Gaitskill, a frequent visitor at the NYS Summer Writers Institute, at an after-party reception at the Tang Museum, following a pre-release reading from her book “The Mare,” which was published in the fall.

Busking on Broadway

Public relations legend Ed Lewi passed away in 2015 at the age of 81.