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Hidden history

Saratoga Springs City Hall ceiling yields old papers

‘Secret library’ may hold senator’s insights to history

Adirondack Trust Chairman President and CEO Charles Wait, thumbs through century old documents discovered in a suspended ceiling in Saratoga Springs City Hall Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Adirondack Trust Chairman President and CEO Charles Wait, thumbs through century old documents discovered in a suspended ceiling in Saratoga Springs City Hall Thursday.
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Nearly 90 years after his death, the powerful former state Sen. Edgar T. Brackett is still leaving his mark on Saratoga Springs — or is at least leaving a fine layer of dust on Charles Wait’s latex gloves.

This week, Wait, president and CEO of Adirondack Trust Co., and Michael King, the city’s receiver of taxes, unearthed a trove of century-old files stored above King’s office ceiling in City Hall.

The files were Brackett’s, ...

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