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A night at the Spa

Police officers wear many hats when patrolling the evening crowds in downtown Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs hasn’t always had the bustling downtown it has today, but these days, it’s a city to envy. While the secret to its success isn’t any one thing, one major factor may have something to do with those who keep it safe.

Saratoga Springs hasn’t always had the bustling downtown it has today, but these days, it’s a city to envy. While the secret to its success isn’t any one thing, one major factor may have something to do with those who keep it safe. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

Back at the station

While officers are busy patrolling the streets, there is, of course, business as usual back at the station.

There have been some minor fixes there in recent months, including a fresh coat of paint – the first in three decades – but there are many more things that could use some attention.

“There’s been some talk about some more renovations in this building. … Everyone gets to put in their wish list. I have no idea where we stand,” said Chowske.

In May it was discovered that the city’s fund balance has grown to the point of $1.55 million over the maximum amount planners figure should be on hand. To figure out just where the money will be spent, Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan has been prioritizing the city’s needs.

“Some funds could be invested for the taxpayers in capital improvement projects for fire and police,” said Madigan in a May interview.

Commissioner of Public Safety Chris Mathiesen said that the biggest area of concern for his department, regarding the police department is the availability of funding.

“It is important to be able to provide resources so that the police department can act efficiently and proactively as they protect and serve our community,” Mathiesen said. "Our police department is well respected by other law enforcement agencies. They have responded well to the challenges that they face on a daily basis. Our city is busy with year-round tourism and convention activities. Our neighborhoods and our vibrant business district require adequate levels of security. We work with the police department in many ways to support their efforts."

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