Taking a look back at the Saratoga Spotlight

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A year-in-review of Saratoga Spotlight.

A year-in-review of Saratoga Spotlight. Photo by Spotlight Staff.

— January

The Saratoga Springs City Council unanimously vote to adopt a resolution urging state legislators to address and take immediate action on VLT and racing issues at the first meeting of 2011 on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The resolution is proposed by Mayor Scott Johnson and is meant to target the main threats to New York State racing, like OTB and casino gambling. All council members voice support for the resolution and say they feel it is a necessary action to take early in newly elected Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tenure because of racing's importance to the economy of Saratoga.

Clifton Park Town Justices James F. Hughes and Robert A. Rybak work to organize and compile a complete history on the Clifton Park Town Court to help the public understand the importance of their work. The pair recruit the town clerk and Town Historian John Scherer to help.

The goal is to discover what the jobs before them entailed, who held them and what types of cases the court handled in the past. They find modern cases are not much different from the cases heard by town judges in the 1800s. Most of the cases were complaints between neighbors, but the court changed slightly throughout the years.

The project started as a list of all the judges and the years they served. Rybak and Hughes hope find pictures to go with all the judges, then display the names, photos, old court records and some history in the public safety building so people have something to look at while they wait.

Concerned citizens voice their opinions to Canadian Pacific Railway representatives, New York State Department of Transportation officials and Judge Robert Rybak regarding the possible impending closure of three railway crossings in the Town of Ballston on Thursday, Jan. 6.

Residents listen to five hours of testimony by CP reps and DOT officials who seek to offer possible solutions to the contentious issue concerning the closure of crossings at Connolly Road, Saunders Lane and Whites Beach Road by Saratoga Lake, all private roads.

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