When they’re not contemplating the benefits of vegetarianism, most people I know seem to be eating chicken or fish. So I don’t really know who is going to eat all the red meat that’s going to be arriving in the Spa City in the form of two new steakhouses.
One warm afternoon last summer, I stood on the wrap-around wooden porch of a sprawling and rustic Adirondack mansion and listened to the cry of a loon out on Newcomb Lake — one of the wildest and most haunting sounds the North Woods offers.
The New York Racing Association counts its success in hard cold cash and I prefer counting it by butts through the turnstiles, but either way, the 2015 Saratoga Race Course meet that concluded last Monday was a spectacular success.
The horse-racing industry brings millions of dollars into the local economy and its presence is a big bragging point for Saratoga Springs, but that’s not to say there are no tensions that go with having an active racetrack and some of the city’s finest homes within a few yards of each other.
When Saratoga County’s Law and Finance Committee went into closed-door session to discuss litigation on Wednesday, it was as good as its word, back in just 10 minutes, before those standing around in the hallway were half-done telling stories.
The surest bet in Saratoga isn’t on today’s Whitney Stakes, but that anyone around here who owes their job to voters thinks it’s time for the Cuomo administration to release its grip on the New York Racing Association.
It’s one of the ironies of the Great Sacandaga Lake region’s history that while the creation of the reservoir 85 years ago destroyed a lot of land and memories, today the communities that remained above water couldn’t survive without it.