Commissioner of Public Safety, Robin Dalton, worked with Saratoga Pride to create a colorful crosswalk celebrating Saratoga Springs’ Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, And Others (LGBTQ+) community.
According to their website:
Saratoga Pride is a welcoming community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people and our allies in the greater Saratoga Springs area. We invite you to join us for social and informational events and entertainment, and to look to us for LGBTQ resources, networking and advocacy.
Saratoga Pride is a network of LGBTQ community members and allies dedicated to:
- Fostering connections among Saratoga area LGBTQ community members and visitors
- Enhancing the visibility of the LGBTQ community in Saratoga and the surrounding region
- Recognizing local businesses and organizations that welcome the LGBTQ community
- Increasing awareness of LGBTQ-owned and inclusive businesses and services in the region.
The project was funded by private donors and the Adirondack Trust Community Fund.
Commissioner Dalton was enthusiastic about the large turn out for the ribbon cutting for the crosswalk. She stated, “I’m so pleased I was able to work with Saratoga Pride to facilitate this project, a simple yet powerful message of our warm and welcoming community and show of ongoing support for our LQBTQ+ Saratogians.”
From left to right are Trieste Cordova, Cindy Swadba, and Commissioner Dalton. These women along with Steve Rosenblum worked on the project.
Ms. Trieste did all the graphic design for the promotional materials and signs and was one of the spokespersons for the event.
On the left is Steve Rosenblum.
To the left of Commissioner Dalton is Congressman Paul Tonko. To her right is Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan. To Commissioner Madigan’s left is Supervisor Tara Gaston.
Julia Dunn of Channel 6 News was the emcee.
The following people were in attendance:
Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner
Supervisor Matt Veitch
Town of Milton Supervisor Benny Zlotnick
Deputy Commissioner of Finance, Deidra Ladd
Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety, Eileen Finneran
Nathaniel Gray (on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo)
Dr. Marc Conner, President of Skidmore College
Caroline Putnam on behalf of the Adirondack Trust Community Fund
Controversy Over Legality Of Crosswalk
There was some controversy over whether the crosswalk violated the New York State Department of Transportation requirements.