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What you need to know for 01/18/2017

Concern for the Hungry’s fundraiser a success

Concern for the Hungry’s fundraiser a success

*Concern for the Hungry’s fundraiser a success *Vote for Sutton to continue Saratoga’s success

Concern for the Hungry’s fund raiser a success

On behalf of Concerned for the Hungry, I would like to thank the Glenville Walmart for permitting our organization to do a fund-raising event on Sept. 28 and 29 in which our volunteers collected food and money for our annual Thanksgiving food basket program.

This year will be our 35th year to provide all the ingredients of a Thanksgiving meal to those in need in Schenectady County (http://www.concernedforthehungry.org/). We also must thank all of the generous people who stopped by to see our giant turkey and who donated a can of food or some cash.

Concerned for the Hungry is an all-volunteer organization that depends on generous support from businesses like Walmart and food and financial support from the community. People with a demonstrated need can sign up for a basket at St. John’s the Evangelist Church on Oct. 25-27.

Volunteers will gather at Keene Elementary school to unload food, sort, pack baskets and deliver baskets Nov. 20-24. See our website for more information.

Larry Lewis

Scotia

Vote for Sutton to continue Saratoga’s success

Saratoga Springs is fortunate compared to most other municipalities, local and otherwise. Our city is a very desirable place to live, work and play.

There have been many people who have helped Saratoga reach this enviable position. One key person during the past six years has been our hard-working deputy mayor, Shauna Sutton.

The city is fortunate that she is running for mayor so we can have her city-management experience help Saratoga continue to be such a wonderful place.

Shauna leads city departments and has worked with many groups to improve our city. Such as:

1) Recreation: She helped increase recreation. Saratoga youth and community groups are enjoying our new recreation center located in town. Shauna also helped open the Saratoga Lake Waterfront Park, which is providing outdoor recreation for everyone.

2) Parking: Our successful year-round economy received a great boost with the new parking garage on Woodlawn Avenue, which was built on schedule and on budget with private-public teamwork.

3) Taxes: The mayor’s office saved $32 million by negotiating with several unions to consolidate health plans. This is not a typo — the auditor directly attributed a $32 million saving to a better-negotiated contract.

4) Seniors: She serves on the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee, helping solve senior needs.

5) Green: Shauna works with many organizations and green initiatives including new trails. She has had a major impact on making Saratoga even more livable.

I have worked with directly Shauna and trust her experience, judgment and strong work ethic. You can count on Shauna to get the job done to keep Saratoga Springs healthy and a great place to live.

Bonnie Sellers

Saratoga Springs

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