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- City Attorney
- City Center Authority
- Planning Board
- Design Review Commission
- Ethics Board
- Recreation Commission pursuant to Civil Service Law and the Public Authorities Law
- Saratoga Springs Housing Authority Board of Directors
- Zoning Board of Appeals
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The Mayor's Roundup of Events & Activities
09.23.2023 - Mayor Kim attends 4-H Training Center opening, Pooch Parade and R.I.T.A Suicide Prevention Walk
Mayor Kim spent the weekend of September 23 celebrating the opening of the new 4-H Training Center, participating in the Pooch Parade with his dog Gracie, and attending the Capital Region R.I.T.A Suicide Prevention Walk.
The new 4-H Training Center is a unique educational facility that serves Saratoga County 4-H, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the greater Saratoga County community.
The annual Wellspring Pooch Parade helps to raise awareness and funds for its Safe Pet Partnership program. The program provides pets with temporary loving homes while families transition to violence-free living.
The Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A. is journey of remembrance, hope, and support. The walk helps open the conversation and spread awareness on suicide and mental health conditions which we can all acknowledge is something that needs to be done.
09.19.2023 - Mayor Kim honors bet with Mayor of Ballston Spa, Frank Rossi
Mayor Ron Kim is pictured below wearing a Ballston Spa football jersey after he lost the friendly bet over who would win the game between the Saratoga Springs Varsity Football team and the Ballston Spa Varsity football team. Unfortunately, Ballston Spa came out on top leading Mayor Kim to pay the price by wearing a Ballston Spa football jersey at the September 19, 2023 City Council meeting.
07.29.2023 - Recognition of 109-year-old, Paula Griffith
Paula Griffith was born on July 29th, 1914 making her 109 this year! In honor of this amazing achievement, Mayor Kim declared July 29th, 2023, Paula Griffith Day!
07.13.2023 - Completion of the Mayor's non-profit grant check presentations
Mayor Kim finished up the Mayor's non-profit grant check presentations on July 13th at the Racetrack Chaplaincy. The Mayor couldn't think of a better way to celebrate this program and the chaplaincy than on the opening day of the Saratoga Race Course! The Mayor also presented checks to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Saratoga Springs Arts District, Pitney Meadows Community Farm and Wesley Health Center. See below for information on how the organizations will use the funding and photos from the check presentations!
- The Racetrack Chaplaincy Summer Enrichment Program provides services to backstretch workers and their families during the summer at Saratoga Race Course. The funding will allow the organization to send children to camps in Saratoga.
- The Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s project will create a safe space for the LGBTQ community, and will use the funding for program development, outreach, and faculty.
- The Saratoga Springs Arts District plans to utilize the funds to hire an event planner to organize artists and promote events for the Beekman Street Arts District.
- The Wesley Health Care Center will use the funding to develop its CNA training program which helps educate and train healthcare workers
- Mayor Kim awarded a major grant of $150,000 to Pitney Meadows Community Farm. The Farm plans to install solar panels to reduce its carbon footprint and provide a reliable power source for its farming and public access programs.
06.29.2023 - Recognition of 107-year-old, Elizabeth Smith
Elizabeth Smith was born on June 26th, 1916 making her 107 this year! In honor of this amazing achievement, Mayor Kim declared June 26th, 2023, Elizabeth Smith Day!
06.16.2023 - Juneteenth Flag Raising on steps of City Hall
On June 16th, Mayor Kim joined Saratoga BLM, local supporters, City Council members and other City Hall employees in celebrating Juneteenth on the steps of City Hall.
06.01.2023 - Pride Flag Raising on steps of City Hall
On June 1st, Mayor Kim joined Saratoga Pride, local supporters and other City Hall employees in celebrating the beginning of Pride Month on the steps of City Hall.
05.16.2023 - Governor's Asian American & Pacific Islander Luncheon
Mayor Kim attended Governor Hochul's Asian American & Pacific Islander Luncheon on May 16th, 2023, to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Below is the Mayor Kim with Lili Kuo from the APAPA Albany Chapter, Governor Hochul, and Commissioner Sanghvi. The second photo shows the homonymous pair, Mayor Ron Kim and Assembly member Ron Kim. The third photo shows Mayor Kim with Zainab Chaudhry from the Court of Claims.
05.10.2023 - Indulgence Bakery ribbon cutting
Mayor Kim was able to attend the ribbon cutting for Indulgence Bakery on May 10th, 2023, as it celebrates its brand new location at 63 Putnam Street. Indulgence Bakery is a woman owned and operated business ran by an upstate NY native that strives to create high quality desserts for everyone to enjoy!
05.09.2023 - Saratoga Arts Press Conference
Mayor Ron Kim and Commissioner Jason Golub attended the Saratoga Arts Press Conference on May 9th to celebrate a grant award of 766,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and 450,000 from the City of Saratoga Springs along with other donations to help support the Saratoga Community Arts Center Revitalization. With a collective fund of $2 million, the Arts Center plans to stabilize and upgrade the entire building with an eye to energy conservation and efficiency, revitalizing a connective hub for the arts, arts education, and creative opportunity for all in the service area. Both Mayor Kim and Commissioner Golub commended Executive Director Louise Kerr on the outstanding work she's done so far with Saratoga Arts.
05.04.2023 - Congressman Tonko's Regional Community Projects Forum
Mayor Kim attended Congressman Tonko's Regional Community Projects Forum on May 4th at the Southern Saratoga YMCA. Congressman Tonko selected Saratoga Springs' Crescent Avenue Connector Project to receive $300,000 in funding under the Fiscal Year 2024 Community Project Funding process, supporting Mayor Ron Kim’s Complete Streets initiatives. The City will be able to design a one mile long, eight-to-ten-foot-wide asphalt path parallel to Crescent Avenue, between Route 9 and Nelson Avenue. The multi-use trail will have lanes for both cyclists and pedestrians, increasing safety from car collisions for the community.
10.03.2022 – Mayor Kim Endorses CDTC’s Efforts to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Mayor Kim endorsed the CDTC’s report on the success of their 2022 “Ditch the Car Challenge.” The
program, which ran from June 4th through September 9th, highlighted the many ways you could go about your daily routine without driving alone in a car such as bicycling, walking, carpooling, riding the bus, or using CDTA’s on-demand service, FLEX. Thirty-eight (38) participants logged 1,718 trips totaling 16,042 miles and burned over 351,000 calories. Together, they prevented 12,817 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from being released and saved 642 gallons of gas.
The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga (except the Town of Moreau and the Village South Glens Falls) and Schenectady. CDTC facilitates a transportation planning process as required by federal law and supported with federal funding.
09.27.2022 - MWBE Summit
Mayor Kim welcomed attendees to the second annual Minority and Women Business Enterprise Summit hosted by Soteryx and the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce at the Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs on September 27. The forum brings together experts in finance, government, business development and security to discuss the opportunities and challenges unique to MWBEs.
09.27.2022 - UDO Workshop
The Mayor’s office sponsored a workshop in City Hall on October 27 to discuss proposed amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The UDO governs land use in Saratoga Springs, combining the City’s Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, and Storm water Management Regulations into a single ordinance.
09.24.2022 - Wellspring Pooch Parade
Mayor Kim, his wife Jennie and their dog Gracie joined Wellspring for their annual Pooch Parade on September 24. Proceeds from the parade benefit Wellspring’s Safe Pet Partnership, which provides a network of safe, temporary placement for pets of families who are fleeing abuse.
09.23.2022 - Saratoga Auto Museum Auction
On September 23 Mayor Kim joined Carly Connors, Dan Ritopecki, Darryl Leggieri, and Senator Daphne Jordan at a press event for the 2022 Saratoga Motorcar Auction. The auction attracts buyers and sellers from all over the world and raises funds to benefit the museum’s operations and exhibits.
09.22.2022 - Preservation Foundation Annual Meeting & Recognition Awards
Mayor Kim attended the Preservation Foundation’s Annual Meeting and Recognition Awards Ceremony on September 22 in City Hall to formally nominate Patricia Morrison as the Mayor’s Representative to the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation (SSPF). SSPF is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the preservation and enhancement of the unique architectural, cultural, and landscaped heritage of Saratoga Springs.
09.21.2022 - 09.22.2022 Delta Development Visit/Infrastructure Task Force
The Infrastructure Task Force met on 09.21 to discuss progress made toward addressing the city’s infrastructure priorities. Delta Development, hired by the city to identify funding opportunities and manage grant applications, delivered a presentation on their process, forthcoming federal funding opportunities, and the two Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) Grant applications they have already submitted. During their two day visit Delta met with the Mayor and Commissioners to discuss critical projects and visit project sites.
09.21.2022 – 75th Anniversary Celebration of Saratoga County Children’s Committee
Mayor Kim attended the 75th Anniversary celebration of the Saratoga County Children’s Committee at the Saratoga Winery on September 21. SCCC, a local non-profit, works closely with social workers and local agencies to identify needs and provide funding and other resources to children in the community.