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Governor Cuomo Announces Groundbreaking for $9.5 Million Visitor Services Improvement Project at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Oct. 28

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction is underway on a $9.5 million renovation project at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, a world-class arts and culture destination located in Saratoga Spa State Park, to improve visitor services and add four-season event space. The project is supported by $8 million in private funding from Live Nation and Saratoga Performing Arts Center. New York State is providing up to $1.5 million in grants from Empire State Development and State Parks, awarded through the governor's Regional Economic Development Council initiative. "For decades, the Saratoga Spa State Park has attracted visitors from across the state and around the world," Governor Cuomo said. "This project is another major step forward in the renewal of this great park and will provide needed renovations to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center that will further cement it as a critical economic and cultural driver in the Capital Region." As part of this project, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will undergo a complete replacement and upgrade of the existing concessions and restroom facilities. Two new concessions buildings will replace the existing tent structures, which have lacked proper security, infrastructure and storage space. In the center of the main plaza a new open-air covered pavilion will further establish a more park-like aesthetic, while restoring the original sight lines from the Route 50 bridge to the Victoria Pool. The main concession building will include a second-story, offering year-round event space to support and encourage expanded educational programming, audience development and community engagement activities. The exterior facade of the upper level will include a glass and aluminum storefront design, allowing guests to walk out onto a rooftop terrace facing the amphitheater. The enclosed portion of this building will provide climate-controlled space for events, and the lobby atrium leading to the second floor will feature the rich history of SPAC as well as space for local artwork. The second building will further improve the guest experience by adding new restroom and concessions facilities, and creating more open, useable space which will help further improve guest movement throughout SPAC. The existing infrastructure systems and utilities will be improved to support the new buildings and surrounding public space. Upgraded pedestrian walkways will improve access between the amphitheater lawn and the main plaza and provide easier paths for travel throughout the venue. Saratoga Performing Arts Center President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol said, "Aside from being an economic powerhouse in the region - with an estimated $100 million in annual economic impact - SPAC is a cultural powerhouse as well, bringing best-in-class artists and companies from across all genres. With these series of infrastructure upgrades thanks to Governor Cuomo and Live Nation, SPAC is positioned to be a vibrant international cultural destination for years to come." Live Nation Connecticut and Upstate New York Region President Jim Koplik said, "Live Nation has been able to bring some of the world's greatest performers to SPAC for the past 19 years and in celebration of our 20th anniversary in 2020, we are proud to be able to contribute to such a transformative project that will enhance the guest experience at SPAC. Further, the positive impact from this project will be felt for many years to come and we're thrilled to have future generations enjoy such an iconic and unique venue." Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "These expanded public-private partnerships with SPAC demonstrate how New York State excels in economic development projects that grow regional economies and add to the quality of life for New Yorkers and to the visitor experience at our unparalleled cultural destinations." Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Erik Kulleseid said, "For 50 years, Saratoga Performing Arts Center has been the go-to place for arts and culture in the Upstate New York. We look forward to working with our partners at SPAC, Live Nation to make Saratoga Spa State Park an even more exciting and welcoming place to enjoy the great range of performances for many more audiences to come." Capital Region REDC Co-Chairs Ruth Mahoney, KeyBank Market President, and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, University at Albany President, said, "Saratoga Performing Arts Center is vital to our regional economy, bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the Capital Region to experience premier concerts and shows. These grants will provide upgrades that further support the region's creative economy, and we are proud to offer our support." New York State Council for the Arts Executive Director Mara Manus said, "The arts are critical to economic growth and community health in New York State, and SPAC is a vital cultural force within the Capital Region. These game-changing improvements will build SPAC as an essential year-round destination, expand on its educational programs that reach thousands of local children, and create crucial opportunities for New York State's creative workforce." New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, "SPAC is a crown jewel among New York State's art and cultural tourism attractions, allowing guests to enjoy live performances in a truly unique, world-class venue. We are very excited for the new improvements that will further grow its prestige as a premier destination for the arts." The park improvements reflect Governor Cuomo's commitment to revitalizing the state park system as part of his NY Parks 2020 initiative. Earlier this year, State Parks completed a $1.75 million project to renew the SPAC amphitheater's aging balcony ramps and lighting with an elegant and safe entryway. The new railing system's contemporary aesthetic better integrates with the amphitheater facade which was upgraded in 2012. Under NY Parks 2020, more than $18 million has been invested in Saratoga Spa State Park, including modernizing the Peerless Pool bathhouse, which consists of new facilities around the complex to improve the visitor experience - a one-mile paved accessible walking trail loop, a new disc golf course, a sensory pollinator garden and accessible, colorful and engaging playground. Other projects include opening the new Creekside Classroom environmental education facility, preserving the park's historic campus buildings and adding new pavilions, trails and playgrounds. Senator Daphne Jordan said, "SPAC is a fantastic resource for our entire Capital Region community. Construction being underway for a $9.5 million visitor services project is great news, as it will further enhance the visitor experience at SPAC, which is a beloved cultural institution that enriches our special quality of life. I want to thank Live Nation, SPAC, Empire State Development, and the State Office of Parks for this continued strategic investment in SPAC." Assembly Member Carrie Woerner said, "Saratoga Performing Arts Center is an important piece of our regional identity, offering world-class music, dance and art performances within the picturesque grounds on Saratoga Spa State Park. This project will ensure that SPAC remains a cultural destination for residents and visitors alike, and I thank Governor Cuomo for supporting this Saratoga County project." Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly said, "For more than 50 years, Saratoga Performing Arts Center has been a key partner to our city's vibrant culture and tourism industry, and these new facilities - set against the backdrop of the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park - will ensure that visitors and residents alike enjoy a world-class experience. My thanks to Governor Cuomo, ESD and Parks, Live Nation and SPAC for supporting this transformational project."

Governor Cuomo Announces $4.6 Million Project to Rehabilitate Six Capital Region Bridges

Jul. 17

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work has begun on a two-year, $4.6 million project to rehabilitate six bridges in Saratoga, Warren and Albany counties. The project will improve driving conditions, enhance safety and extend the service life of these vital connectors that help keep people and commerce flowing throughout the Capital Region. Work being done includes resurfacing of the pavement approaches to the bridges and repairs to bridge decks, joints, concrete and guiderails. "New York State continues to lead the way in building a 21st Century infrastructure that will promote economic growth and improve quality of life," Governor Cuomo said. "This project is part of our historic commitment to ensure all New Yorkers enjoy the benefits of a modern and reliable transportation network that will keep the economy moving for decades to come." "Investing in infrastructure is a proven economic development strategy, and here in New York we are dedicating resources to assist municipalities across the state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This funding to modernize bridges in the Capital Region will strengthen the local transportation network and improve safety for motorists and pedestrians. We are committed to investing in projects in our communities for continued progress and enhanced quality of life." The first bridge being repaired as part of the project is the Butler Road Bridge over the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) in the Town of Moreau, Saratoga County, just south of the Hudson River and the new Adirondacks Welcome Center. The bridge carries approximately 1,000 motor vehicles per day in a largely wooded part of the town. Traffic on the Butler Road Bridge will be reduced to one alternating lane controlled by traffic signals during the work, which is expected to conclude by the end of September. Work will also begin in July on the northbound bridge and southbound bridge on the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) over Luzerne Road, just north of Exit 18, in the town of Queensbury, Warren County. Lane closures will be required on Luzerne Road (underneath the Northway) throughout the summer with traffic controlled by a flagger. To minimize disruptions, lane closures on the Northway will be limited to off-peak hours and will not take place until after Labor Day. Construction on the two bridges is expected to be completed by the summer of 2020. Other bridges being rehabilitated include: The Route 29 Bridge over the Fish Creek, in the hamlet of Grangerville, Town of Saratoga, Saratoga County. Work will begin later this summer during weekday hours and is expected to be completed in the fall.The Route 9 Bridge over State Route 7 - locally known as "Alternate Route 7" - in Latham, Town of Colonie, Albany County. Work is scheduled to begin in 2020. The Old Loudon Road bridge over State Route 7 in Latham, Town of Colonie, Albany County. Work is scheduled to begin in 2020. New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, we are investing in transportation infrastructure projects large and small throughout the Empire State. The important maintenance we are conducting at these six bridges will make it easier for residents and visitors alike to travel about the region and help ensure the area's continued economic growth and quality of life." Senator Daphne Jordan said, "Strengthening critical infrastructure across our Capital Region is a smart investment in greater safety and security for all motorists, and improved commerce and community connections that can benefit everyone. The announcement of this multi-million dollar project to rehabilitate bridges carrying Butler Road over the Northway, and Route 29 over the Fish Creek is welcome news for residents in Grangerville, Schuylerville, Moreau, and neighboring communities. Enhancing connectivity to help the flow of motorists and commerce is welcome news for Saratoga County that continues to grow and prosper. I thank State DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez for her agency's continued support for these and other vital infrastructure rehabilitation projects across the 43rd Senate District." Senator Betty Little said, "Today's announcement continues New York State's investment into our aging infrastructure. The rehabilitation and repair of local roads and bridges are critical to the North Country's public safety and economy, and I thank the Commissioner and the Department of Transportation staff for the excellent work they continue doing in our region." Senator Neil Breslin said, "With increased economic activity comes the need for more infrastructure improvements. Ensuring that these vital bridges are maintained will not only improve public safety, but will help continue to drive economic activity throughout the Capital Region." Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner said, "I want to thank the Department of Transportation and Governor Cuomo for directing state funds to these projects. Maintaining our roads and bridges is critical to ensuring the safe travel of residents and visitors alike and I look forward to seeing work begin on these projects." Assembly Member Daniel G. Stec said, "Investing in our outdated infrastructure must continue to be a priority. I am pleased to see that this bridge is a part of this project as maintaining our infrastructure is one of the most important and necessary initiatives that government should be working on." Assembly Member Phillip Steck said, "Route 9 is a critical thoroughfare for residents of the 110th Assembly District, helping commuters get where they need to go safely and enabling businesses to efficiently transport goods. By investing in the bridge over alternate Route 7, we can extend the life of our local infrastructure and better promote road safety." Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin J. Tollisen said, "Saratoga County appreciates the continued commitment and partnership we have with NYS DOT to improve the roads and bridges in our County. Updating our infrastructure for the safety of our residents and the long term economic impact of these upgrades will benefit Saratoga County for decades to come." Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ronald Conover said, "Luzerne Road provides a vital connection within our community and we appreciate the Northway bridge work that will maintain safety for our residents and visitors alike. The access that the Northway provides to Queensbury allows travelers to easily visit and helps support our local businesses." Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said, "This announcement is welcome news, especially for one of the fastest growing communities in Albany County and the Capital Region. As we wait for a comprehensive infrastructure plan at the national level, New York is moving ahead by investing in our roads and bridges that are critical to economic development and quality of life. I commend the Governor for his leadership and vision on this project." Motorists are urged to slow down and safely move over when approaching roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones. To learn more about the Move Over law and what we're doing to keep workers and motorists safe in highway construction zones, visit www.ny.gov/workzonesafety. Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual's driver license. For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit http://www.511NY.org, or our mobile site at m.511ny.org. Follow New York State DOT on Twitter: @NYSDOT. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/NYSDOT. For tweets from New York State DOT Region 1 (covering the Capital Region), follow@NYSDOTAlbany.

Issue Position: Education

Jan. 1

Education, and particularly public education, has long been the key to ensuring that all citizens have an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Access to a quality public education is a right guaranteed to each of our children through the State Constitution. The public schools in the 113th Assembly District have been recognized for excellence in education -- a testament to the innovation, commitment and hard work of the teachers and administration of our schools. Throughout my first term, I have proudly advocated for our schools to receive their fair share of state funding, including full restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) funds and increases in Foundation Aid. I have advocated for common sense changes to Common Core curriculum and to the assessment approach. I regularly meet with groups of students and teachers to ensure that I understand what the effects of state policy are on what is happening in the classroom. From the kindergarten classrooms to the halls of the high schools, I have seen and heard that our kids are actively engaged in learning at a level that will prepare them for a bright future. The Early College High School programs available in our region are providing unprecedented opportunities for our young people to build the professional skills that will launch them into a future career. And the colleges and employers are eager to admit/hire them. We still have work to do on improving the testing regimen that is used to assess progress, and we will still need to work on creating multiple pathways to graduation, including Career and Technical Education pathways alongside the Regents diploma pathway. I will continue to advocate for these changes and to work with our representative on the Board of Regents to make them happen.

Debates/Survey

2019

Oct. 2
Re-Elect Carrie Woerner for NYS Assembly

Wed 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Tatu Tacos & Tequila Saratoga Springs, NY

Jul. 25
Town Hall Meeting with Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (Saratoga)

Thur 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Saratoga Springs Library, Dutcher Community Room, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, NY

Jul. 18
Town Hall Meeting with Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (Greenwich)

Thur 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Greenwich Library, Community Room, 148 Main St., Greenwich NY

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