Sarah Burger appears to be a one issue candidate. Her campaign can be pretty much reduced to her attack of Chris Mathiesen over his handling of the deal to build an emergency station on the east side. She has been pretty much silent on all the other major issues facing the city. In particular she has been no where to be found on the question of the Saratoga National Golf Course attempt to breach the city’s green belt.
The answer to the mystery may be revealed by the company she keeps. At her event announcing her run she chose Gary Dake, the head of Stewarts Shops (whose ugly stores are a road map of sprawl) to introduce her. Mr. Dake is one of the founders of a new PAC which appears to have been created because of the defeat of the Saratoga National Golf Course. http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s3715797.shtml
In addition, her web site, which contains many pictures from her fund raiser (and which has only the most vague and nebulous statements about where she stands on the issues) has a picture that includes Todd Shimkus, the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. As far as anyone can tell, Mr. Shimkus has never seen a development he did not love and embrace. In spite of the fact that his board never took a position on bringing full casinos to Saratoga Springs, after the Racino itself, he was probably the most ardent cheerleader for them. He was also the full throated advocate for Saratoga National Golf Course’s attempt to breach the city’s greenbelt. The following is a link from Ms. Burger’s site. Mr. Shimkus is at the far left of the picture.