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Saratoga Springs needs a mayor like Joanne Yepsen

Saratoga Springs needs a mayor like Joanne Yepsen

*Saratoga Springs needs a mayor like Joanne Yepsen *Jazz concert went beyond expectations

Saratoga Springs needs a mayor like Joanne Yepsen

I am pleased to support Joanne Yepsen for mayor of Saratoga Springs in this year’s general election. I am confident she will lead our city forward on the major priority challenges that face us.

As a longtime friend and supporter, I know Joanne will use her considerable experience and strong contacts to assure a viable future for thoroughbred racing and to make the strongest case possible to land one of upstate’s three authorized full gaming casinos, should the proposed state constitutional amendment be approved by the voters.

Joanne has more than 25 years of experience promoting small business and non-profit organizations, helping to build the core of downtown Saratoga, and taking a proactive approach on economic development. She has founded a grass-roots smart growth advocacy group to manage urban growth and preserve open space. She is a constant advocate for governmental transparency.

Joanne has also shown her patriotic respect for our veterans by serving on the Saratoga Springs War Memorial Committee, and having the early vision that led to the establishment of Guardian House, the first of its kind in New York state home for homeless female veterans. She also created the Coalition for Women Veterans of New York State, and hosts an annual symposium at the New York State Military Museum here.

As I did when I was mayor, Joanne has realized the unique needs of our seniors. She has advocated services including housing and transportation, needs that demand constant attention and new resources. Importantly, she has pledged that as mayor she will work with the city housing authority to move it forward in a positive direction with necessary improvements.

Joanne has the experience and values needed this year in City Hall. Mayoral leadership is a key ingredient in making good things happen in our city, and she has the right priorities. I will be putting my energy behind her candidacy, and I urge my friends to do so as well.

Raymond Watkin

Saratoga Springs

The writer was mayor from 1974 to 1980.

Jazz concert went beyond expectations

On the evening of April 26, my husband and I attended the Hamilton Hill Arts Center Building Renovation Benefit Jazz Concert at the Unitarian Church in Schenectady.

I am not sure what we expected, but what we heard was a fabulous jazz performance by Colaberayshen (pronounced “collaboration”), with female vocalist Annette Harris.

The tickets cost $20 and the attendees to this event certainly got their money’s worth! And for such a good cause.

Thanks to Mark Chaires, executive director of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center, and to the volunteers and contributors for an excellent show. My husband and I were so impressed, we bought the CDs!

Linda L. Kelleher

Schenectady

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