Saratoga County Announces 2024 Farmland and Open Space Grants

Saratoga County Announces Contract With CSEA

July 10, 2024

BALLSTON SPA, NY – Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Phil Barrett today announced the County’s CSEA membership has voted to approve a five-year contract. The County’s negotiating team and CSEA leadership reached the agreement on June 18th following two mediation sessions.

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Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Phil Barrett (Clifton Park) said, “We were pleased to work with our CSEA partners to reach an agreement that provides a fair and balanced contract for both our dedicated employees and the taxpayers of Saratoga County. The mediation process was a positive experience for both the County negotiating team and CSEA leadership and worked as intended, bringing a swift resolution that satisfies both parties’ interests.”

The contract covers January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2028.

Highlights of the CSEA collective bargaining agreement include:

• Wage Increases: A $4,000 increase at signing, which equates to a 7.3% pay increase based on the average CSEA salary, and a 2.95% annual wage increase in each year from 2025 to 2028. Retroactive payments will be made to employees on payroll from January 1, 2024.
• Compensatory Time: New language allows for automatic rollover of 40 hours of comp time to be used the next year, with the County retaining the right to buy out comp time in excess of 40 hours with notice by November 1st each year.
• Health Insurance Premium Contributions: Gradual increase in employee contributions toward health and dental premiums based on hire date beginning in 2026 for those who currently contribute less than 20%. Fifteen-percent contributors increase to 16% in 2026, 18% in 2027 and 20% in 2028. Five-percent contributors increase to 6% in 2026, 8% in 2027, and 10% in 2028.
• Health Insurance Co-pays: Co-pays will remain the same for the remainder of 2024 with nominal increases beginning in 2025 for office visits, specialist visits, emergency room visits, and prescriptions.
• Additional Holiday: The addition of Juneteeth as a paid holiday, providing employees with a total of 12 paid holidays each year.
• Vacation: An updated vacation schedule based on years of service to extend additional day per year of service for years four through 11.

The agreement also includes other adjustments and administrative changes. The full contract will be made available on the human resources page at www.saratogacountyny.gov once it is ratified.

This is the fourth contract the County has negotiated in the past two years: twice with CSEA and once each with UPSEU, and PBA.

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Saratoga County Announces 2024 Farmland and Open Space Grants

Saratoga County Announces 2024 Farmland and Open Space Grants

Towns of Moreau, Northumberland, & Stillwater received a total of $604,306 in Funding to Preserve Farmland and Open Space in Saratoga County
More than 6000 acres of land protected in Saratoga County since 2003

July 2, 2024

BALLSTON SPA, NY — The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors today announced the award recipients of the County’s 2024 Farmland and Open Space Grant Program. The Board has awarded a total of $604,306 in grant funding to projects in the Towns of Moreau, Northumberland, and Stillwater, preserving approximately 200 acres of open space and farmland this year.

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The Saratoga County Farmland and Open Space Grant Program helps permanently protect agricultural and open space lands including farmland, natural areas, wildlife habitats, preserves, and other important open spaces within Saratoga County.

Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Phil Barrett (Clifton Park) said, “The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors is proud of our efforts to preserve more than 6,000 acres of open space and farmland over the past 20 years allowing the exponential expansion of our parks and recreation network. We have proactively invested in preserving a balance between our preservation efforts and economic development to ensure sustainable growth that nourishes both our economy and the environment.”

Chair of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Trails and Open Space Committee, Supervisor Joe Grasso (Charlton) said, “Preserving open space and protecting farmland while promoting smart growth in Saratoga County is a priority for the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. Our Farmland and Open Space Program helps to protect our vital farmland and preserve the County’s vast open spaces that provide beauty to our landscape, recreational opportunities for our residents, and support our strong agricultural economy.”

Executive Director of Saratoga PLAN Rob Davies said, “Saratoga PLAN is thankful to the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors for their longstanding commitment to preserving open space and protecting farmland throughout the County. Preserving open space requires a collective effort between communities, governments, and organizations and Saratoga County has been an essential partner in our ongoing efforts. Saratoga PLAN looks forward to continuing and strengthening our partnership with the County on open space protection in the future.”

The 2024 award recipients are:

The Town of Moreau received a grant award of $38,203 for Open Space Preservation of the Kropp-Rowson Palmertown Ridge for the preservation of approximately 81-acres of mixed forest and meadowed property.

The Town of Northumberland received a grant award of $382,771 for Farmland Protection of the Butler Family Farm for the protection of approximately 75-acres of cropland.

The Town of Stillwater received a grant award of $183,332 for Farmland Protection of the Tanner Ridge Farm for the protection of approximately 47.10-acres of equestrian farmland.

Saratoga County has preserved more than 6,000 acres of farmland and open space since 2003 through its Farmland Protection and Open Space Preservation grant program.

For more information about the County’s Farmland and Open Space Program, visit the Saratoga County Planning and Economic Development Department page at www.saratogacountyny.gov.

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