Public Works, Public Safety officials interviewed


Left, former Public Works Commissioner Thomas McTygue answers questions from the Commission on September 27.





Former Public Safety Commissioner Lew Benton, right





Left, current Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen addresses Commission members while Lew Benton, former commissioner, listens




Bob Turner, Commission Chair, asks Mathiesen and Benton about the functions of the charter during their tenure in office.

Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission Agenda Oct 25

Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission Meeting Agenda

Meeting with City Council members and County Supervisors

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm

Place: City Council Room, City Hall, Saratoga Springs


6:30 pm Introductory Remarks by Bob Turner/Approval of Minutes

6:35 pm Invited Scott Johnson, Mike Lenz, Richard Wirth, Ken Ivins, Skip Scirocco, and Ron Kim

8:00 pm County Supervisors: Matt Veitch, Peter Martin, Phil Klein, Skip Scirocco, Joanne Yepsen invited

9:00 pm Adjourn

Western NY City Managers, Mayor testify

Batavia, NY City Manager Jason Molino (right) and Corning, NY City Manager Mark Ryckman testified before the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission on September 13. They described how the city manager-council form of government functions under their respective charters.  Corning Mayor Richard P. Negri also joined the discussion by phone.

Current, Former Finance & Accounts Commissioners testify


Current and former finance and accounts commissioners testified before the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission on August 23, to express views on how their offices have functioned under the current charter.  The commissioners talked about their experiences and answer questions.


In the above photos, Matt McCabe, former Finance Commissioner with Michele Madigan, and Commissioner of Finance answer questions from Commission members.


Above, Commission Chairman Bob Turner


Above: Testimony by John Franck, Commissioner of Accounts


Commission members Ann Casey and Laura Chodos listen to testimony.

Commission hears testimony from current, former mayors


Five current and former mayors testified before the Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission on August 9, on how the Office of the Mayor has functioned under the current charter.  Above, current Saratoga Springs Mayor Joann Yepsen, (left) was joined by former mayors Ray Watkin, Valerie Keehn and Ken Klotz. The mayors talked about their experiences with the charter before answering questions from Commission members.


Above, former Mayor A.C. Riley, (right) spoke to Commission members.


Above, former Mayor Ken Klotz (right) speaks to the Commission.


Above, former Saratoga Springs Mayor Valerie Keehn make a point.


Above, former Mayor Ray Watkin offers his perspective.


Commission member Devin Dal Pos, above, poses a question during the discussion with Mayors.


Commission members Elio DelSette and Beth Wurtmann listen to testimony.

Bob Turner, Chair



Bob Turner is an associate professor of political science and the Director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Skidmore.  He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research focuses on the use of enterprise zones to help economically depressed regions, the politics of economic development policies, state immigration policies, and local elections and government.  Bob has taught classes on Saratoga Springs politics for the past 10 years and conducted numerous surveys of citizens as part of his Real Democracy class.  He has also supervised numerous Skidmore student senior thesis on environmental and political issues in Saratoga Springs.  He is a frequent commentator on Saratoga Springs politics for local media.

An avid outdoorsman, when not working he is usually fishing, skiing or hiking in the Adirondacks with his family.  He has lived with his wife and three children in Saratoga Springs, New York for 16 years.  Bob was also the president of the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club for the past 4 years, one of the largest and oldest soccer clubs in the Capital District.



Jeff Altamari


Jeff Altamari is recently retired. In 2015 he returned to Saratoga Springs from Houston, TX with his wife Janet. Jeff was the executive officer of Cameron International responsible for investor relations. Cameron International was a global Fortune 350 oil and gas equipment manufacturer and services company. Prior to his investor relations role, Jeff was Vice President of Finance for the $2 billion, Cameron International valves product division. He served 15 years with the company and was on the boards of Cameron’s Italian, Venezuelan and Trinidad companies, helping to found the Italian company.

Prior to Cameron International, Jeff served in financial management roles at Ingersoll-Rand Corporation and Atlas Copco, Inc., both multinational manufacturers. He began his career in public accounting with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and was a CPA and member of the New York State Society of CPA’s and the American Institute of CPAs. He also served as an internal auditor for the United States Department of the Treasury between his public accounting and manufacturing careers.

Jeff is a graduate of Cornell University and holds an MS in Accounting from SUNY Albany. He grew up in Saratoga County and attended the Burnt Hills school system.