Steeplechase Postponed until 2013

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The National Steeplechase Association and the local Steeplechase Festival at Saratoga host committee today announced that they are postponing this inaugural event scheduled for September 15, 2012, until an unspecified date in 2013. The local host committee had successfully raised over $120,000 in sponsorships to fund the $100,000 in purses required to run the five Steeplechase Races this year but needed more time to promote the event itself to generate ticket sales sufficient to cover the projected costs to host the event. All monies received from ticket and box seats will be refunded and the local committee and NSA will be reaching out to sponsors to determine their interest in remaining sponsors for the 2013 Festival at Saratoga.

“We are all disappointed as so many people spent considerable time this past year in a valiant effort to create the Steeplechase Festival at Saratoga,” said Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “The good news is that we’ve developed a solid plan for next year. We’ve identified the vendors required to make this a huge success and we have found there is tremendous sponsor support. In organizing the myriad of details to pull it off, we simply ran out of time to pre-sell enough tickets to ensure that our partner charities would receive contributions after the event. We feel it’s unfair to everyone to risk running an event in 2012 that could lose money when we can move it to 2013 and be successful. We’ve decided it is better to be patient and to do this right.”

According to Shimkus, the NSA and local host committee intends to meet with NYRA soon to discuss possible dates for 2013. They also want to coordinate scheduling the Steeplechase Festival with the Saratoga 150 celebration. Beyond sponsors, the committee successfully developed a detailed plan for the event which includes infield hospitality tents, a CDTA Trolley Ride around the main track, a three day historic Horse and Carriage parade throughout the City, plans to televise the Steeplechase Races for infield spectators and those in the backyard, a vendor village, backyard barbecue and all day entertainment, a give-away for all attendees, a website and online ticketing program, a team of nearly 100 volunteers, and monies for $100,000 in purses.

“We learned a number of valuable lessons that will be put to good use in 2013,” added Shimkus. “The bottom line is that all event planning must be completed by the end of March so that all of our efforts from that day forward can be focused on advance sales of tickets. That is our goal for 2013 and we will start working on this right away by reaching out to the sponsors, vendors and volunteers who helped us this year to ask for their understanding, patience and continued support.”

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On the Water in Saratoga County

Waterways of Saratoga County premiered this morning at Waterford Visitor Center:

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Local Law Firm Named One of America’s Fastest Growing Companies

Local Law Firm Named One of America’s Fastest Growing Companies & Expands into CNY – in the Same Week

Tully Rinckey PLLC ranks high on Inc. 5000, moves into Syracuse office

 August 21, 2012 – Albany, NY – On the very week that Tully Rinckey PLLC extended its footprint into Central New York, a magazine dedicated to innovative company builders ranked the full-service law firm just outside the top third of the nation’s fastest growing businesses.

Inc. magazine announced this week that Tully Rinckey PLLC ranked No. 1,672 on its Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. The announcement coincides with the firm’s moving into a full-service law office in Syracuse, where it plans to grow its total workforce by more than 20 percent. The office at 507 Plum St. will open its doors to the public on Aug. 23, 2012.

The firm’s ranking on the Inc. 5000 is attributable to its 173 percent growth in revenue between 2008 and 2011 to $7.6 million. The firm debuted on the Inc. 5000 in 2009, a year after it opened a federal employment law practice in Washington, D.C. Since then, this law practice has expanded with an office in Arlington, Va., and Tully Rinckey PLLC has become one of the nation’s largest federal employment law firms.

“The fact that Tully Rinckey has consistently ranked high on the Inc. 5000 illustrates the firm’s commitment to its clients and the caliber of our attorneys,” said Tully Rinckey PLLC Managing Partner Greg T. Rinckey. “With our Syracuse expansion this week and new offices slated for next year, our business is growing we will continue to create new jobs throughout New YorkState.”

This week, the firm is moving into its 4,217 square-foot class A office space in Syracuse, which is conveniently located near the Carousel Mall in the historic Franklin Square district. The firm expects to employ 18 people at the office, which already offers a broad range of legal services including civil litigation, business law, criminal defense, family and matrimonial law, estate planning, military law, and real estate law. Firmwide, Tully Rinckey PLLC currently employs 89, 41 of whom are attorneys.

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Saratoga Race Course hosts SOCIAL MEDIA DAY! – August 26, 2012

Social networkers will “like” a day at the races at the inaugural Social Media Day at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, August 26.

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Travers’ Eve Party 2012

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Tugboat Roundup – September 7-9

The damage caused by Hurricane Irene last year led to the cancellation of the Waterford Tugboat Roundup. As the leading advocate for communities and businesses along the canals, rivers and lakes in Saratoga County, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is proud to promote the return of this amazing festival as only we can via this new video. Please share it with your friends/fans and come out to Waterford September 7, 8 and 9th to join the fun!
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$18.64 Travers Stakes Restaurant Week

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