Two council members recuse selves from hospital expansion plan; Saratoga condo sale brings $2m

Saratoga Hospital’s plan to build a 75,000 square-foot medical office building received a setback Tuesday night when two members of the City Council recused themselves from a vote regarding the controversial project. Since the recusals count as ‘no’ votes, all three of the remaining council members would have to support the hospital’s application for it to pass, reports the Times Union. The condo market in Saratoga Springs is back, realtor Scott Varley told the Albany Business Review, following the $2.1 million sale of a four-bedroom condo on Railroad Place. The 8,000-square-foot condo was sold to James LaVigne and Mary Gavin, principals of the similarly named Saratoga Springs firm that has structured more than $8 billion in FHA financing for hospitals and medical practices, according to the paper. Read more about LaVigne and Gavin HERE.

Author Edmund White and journalist and mountaineer Jon Krakauer headline the spring 2016 Visiting Writer series at the New York State Writers Institute in Albany. For a full schedule of events, go HERE.

Trails & Rails, a partnership between Amtrak and the National Park Service, is looking for special volunteer tour guides on the route between Saratoga Springs and Westport, NY.

Volunteer guides for the Trails & Rails program provide train passengers with the option to listen to stories about the area’s nature, rich history and cultural sites, including National Parks along and near the train route. For the Adirondack route, this includes sharing stories and information about Saratoga National Historical Park.

Guides are provided with a volunteer uniform, training from National Park Service rangers on subject matter and presentation styles, Amtrak safety protocols, and provided written materials and electronic resources for further reading and familiarity.

For more information, contact the local Trails & Rails program coordinator at, or the Saratoga National Historical Park volunteer coordinator at

'Regrettable Tales and Redemptive Music' – written by photographer, art designer and Proctors’ creative director Richard Lovrich – will be staged at Universal Preservation Hall on Jan. 28. The event will feature special music guest C. Ryder Cooley. Tickets are available online at And are $15 general / $10 student with ID.

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