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.
The Historic Hudson-Hoosic Rivers Partnership may get a visitors’ center yet, despite its perennially empty pockets. The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on loaning up to $200,000 to the partnership and the town of Saratoga.