Below are the two announcements I received for events both in support and opposition to the proposed new charter on May 30.
[JK:I received this email from Richard Sellers of SUCCESS, the group that supports the commission form of government and is opposing the proposed charter change]:
John, we don’t expect a large turnout at this event for the same reason LookTV, the press, council members and public (in addition to SUCCESS) didn’t want the Charter referendum vote on the first day after the Memorial Day holiday.
While this basically is a get together among long-time commission form of government supporters, I’m sending this to you, hoping you can mention the event.
Join SUCCESS at Gaffney’s, 16 Caroline Street on Tuesday, May 30, from 5-7 PM.
We are planning a celebration to mark the election day that isn’t.*
*As you may recall, May 30 is the date the Charter Review Commission wanted Saratogians to vote on their proposal to change Saratoga Springs’ form of government. They actually argued that there would be a bigger turnout only one day after Memorial Day than at a regularly scheduled November election.
SUCCESS didn’t buy this argument nor did area media, City Council members, and the public whose pressure forced the commission to drop their plan for voter suppression.
With the charter change proposal now scheduled to be on the ballot in November, it’s time to pause and celebrate this first victory and plan for the future. Come join us and get the latest update on the charter change proposal and learn how to get involved in educating the public about the benefits of maintaining the Commission form of government in Saratoga Springs.
RSVP is appreciated but not required. Just send a return email or give me a call. Family, friends, and walk-ins are all welcome.
Hope to see you Tuesday, May 30, from 5-7 at Gaffney’s.
Saratoga Springs, NY
Below is the event scheduled by the Charter Change Committee for Tuesday, May 30.
Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission
Invites You To A
Information Open House
Learn about the PROPOSED CHARTER at this public education event!
Tuesday, May 30
10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Refreshments at 11 am, 4 pm, 7 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center
The final draft of the Proposed Charter will be available in print at the Open House and online.
The purpose of the open house is to showcase the proposed charter that will be voted on November 7, 2017. The open house will feature “Topic based” areas so attendees can seek information according to their interests. The forum will afford attendees as much time as they wish to explore topics they are most interested in.
Guest speakers, Commission members and subject matter experts will be available throughout the day.
The main Topics Include:
- Saratoga Springs Elected Leadership. Council and Mayor. Separation of powers and responsibilities in Council/ Manager Form of Government
- Professional Management. City Manager. Administrative responsibilities, qualifications etc.
- Finance and Accountability. How the proposed Charter enhances financial accountability.
- Transition Timeline. Describing the transition plans in the next two years to prepare for 2020.
- Research and Findings. What we learned from our surveys, interviews and research.
- Saratoga Springs Elections and Participation. How citizens will engage in City government.