Baker’s leadership needed for mayor

first_imgMark served as president and executive director of the City Center for over 30 years. His leadership, integrity, interpersonal skills and strategic thinking were critical to ensuring the success of the Center.As a result of his leadership, the facility’s usage increased over five-fold. In 2016, the facility held 170 events, which created over 216 revenue producing days for local businesses and boasted an 86 percent occupancy rate. The same skill set that allowed him such success at the City Center is the same skill set that we need in the mayor’s office right now.Mr. Baker has worked with many mayors and city officials with different agendas, from different political parties and varied visions for the town’s growth. He successfully harnessed this diversity of thought to ensure that the best interests of Saratoga Springs came first. With decades of experience partnering, listening and working with a wide variety of people in our community, we can be assured that Mark Baker will continue this inclusive leadership style as mayor.I look forward to voting for Mark Baker on Nov. 7 and hope you will join me.Melissa ZiekerSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists The Saratoga City Center came into existence in 1984 through the efforts of many local business and community leaders. The founders knew they needed someone at the helm who could steer this project successfully and enable the center to become the economic engine that it is. They found that leader in Mark Baker. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Controversial sugar tax set to add 10c to can of fizzy drink

first_imgA controversial tax aimed at tackling childhood obesity will see the price of fizzy drinks increase following a proposal tabled by the Department of Health. The ‘sugar tax’ has been widely criticized in some quarters, while others say it is necessary in terms of combating child obesity figures which are continuing to surge every year.A ‘sugar tax’ system will be adopted in the UK – and Ireland will follow similar guidelines that has been proposed by Government officials in Westminster. A spokesman for the Department of Health confirmed that the tax is likely to be introduced in 2018 – which is the same date the UK has pencilled in the introduction of the tax.While the method of calculating the tax, confined to soft drinks, has yet to be revealed, it is expected to be in line with the system already outlined in the UK which will see it based on the amount of sugar in the product.Under the UK proposal guidelines, manufacturers of fizzy drinks would be subject to two bands: one for total sugar content above 5g per 100ml; and a second, higher band for drinks with more than 8g per 100ml.Fruit juices and milk-based drinks would not be included.The ‘sugar tax’ is just one of a number of initiatives by the Department of Health to reduced obesity levels in the country, with PE set to be introduced as a Leaving Cert subject to increase levels of activity in schools. Controversial sugar tax set to add 10c to can of fizzy drink was last modified: September 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:10cCansCokeDepartment of HealthFeaturesGovernmenthealthnewsSugar taxlast_img read more