Re­count pe­ti­tion dis­missed

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By News Staff

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. » A judge dis­missed a pe­ti­tion filed by a for­mer Char­ter Re­view Com­mis­sion mem­ber ask­ing for a hand re­count of the city’s char­ter ref­er­en­dum from last Novem­ber’s elec­tion.

The pro­posed char­ter would have changed the city’s form of govern­ment. The pro­posed char­ter called for a coun­cil-man­ager form of govern­ment — as op­posed to the cur­rent com­mis­sion form of govern­ment — which would have in­cluded a seven-mem­ber coun­cil that solely acts in a leg­isla­tive ca­pac­ity, and an ap­pointed city man­ager who would have run the dayto-day op­er­a­tions of city hall.

The fi­nal tally showed 4,458 voted against the pro­posed char­ter for Saratoga Springs, while 4,448 voted to adopt the coun­cil­man­ager form of govern­ment.

Gor­don Boyd, the for­mer trea­surer of the now-de­funct com­mis­sion, asked for a re­count since the mar­gin was just 10 votes.

How­ever, Supreme Court Jus­tice Thomas Nolan ruled last week that “the pe­ti­tioner presents no facts to sup­port or jus­tify his re­quest.”

In the de­ci­sion, Nolan stated that nei­ther New York state or the Saratoga County Board of Elec­tions re­count votes due to a close elec­tion.

Boyd said he is wait­ing to see what hap­pens in a cur­rent Ap­pel­late Divi­sion court case be­fore de­cid­ing what to do next.

The case in Es­sex County (Kos­mider vs. Whit­ney) has the pe­ti­tioner seek­ing the re­sults of the county’s elec­tion through a FOIL re­quest.

Richard Sell­ers, from SUC­CESS, which led ef­forts to keep the com­mis­sion form of govern­ment, of­fered words fol­low­ing the judge’s de­ci­sion.

“This is the third time in a decade that Sarato­gians have vig­or­ously de­bated the mer­its of chang­ing our form of city govern­ment, and this is the third time that Sarato­gians have voted to keep our com­mis­sion form,” said Sell­ers. “Our form of govern­ment is unique as is our city. We feel the com­mis­sion form has worked well for Sarato­gians for many years and through many changes that the city has gone through. We look for­ward to Saratoga’s con­tin­u­ing pros­per­ity un­der this spe­cial struc­ture.”

The cur­rent char­ter, un­der the com­mis­sion form of govern­ment, has an elected mayor and four elected com­mis­sion­ers who serve as mem­bers of the city coun­cil and su­per­vi­sors of spe­cific de­part­ments.

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