Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,I,C-Schenectady-Saratoga) today announced that the Assembly approved his legislation to extend the Saratoga City Center Authority for another 25 years beyond its original 2007 expiration.
"The Saratoga community’s commitment to expanding its convention and tourism trade is unsurpassed in New York state. Saratoga Springs’ success as a convention and conference host city is due, in large part, to the Saratoga Springs City Center Authority’s leadership and long-range planning. I was more than happy to work with state Sen. Joe Bruno, Mayor Michael Lenz, the City Council and Mark Baker to ensure passage of this important legislation that will assuredly help the authority plan for the future," said Tedisco.
The Home Rule bill was unanimously supported by the Saratoga Springs City Council and approved by the state Senate on June 10. It will now be delivered to the governor for his signature.
Mark E. Baker, executive director of the Saratoga Springs City Center, said, "Assembly bill A.7300-A was the last major puzzle piece in completing the process to extend the legislative life of the authority for an additional 25 years. This now allows the authority to move forward with its charge of developing a responsible and financially viable plan to upgrade and expand the City Center."
"Although the City Center Authority does not expire until 2007, today’s passage was important so that the City Center can begin to plan and accept reservations for events and conventions beyond the current expiration date," Tedisco said.