About a month ago, we were stunned to learn that the Saratoga Music Hall was in danger of
becoming a courtroom. On May 26, the Saratoga Springs City Council did indeed decide to
convert the space.
As founder and former Director of the Flurry Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, I am
reaching out for ideas, but even more so, for help in preserving our wonderful Saratoga
Music Hall space (3rd floor of Saratoga Springs City Hall) for dancing, and the arts in
general. I’m sure many of you have been to the Flurry Festival and danced at the historic
Saratoga Music Hall, built in a somewhat different format in the 1870s and renovated in
the early 1930s
We have drafted an information sheet to distribute to our local dancers this Friday
night. See below
Calling all Dancers
We need your help to save the Historic Saratoga Music Hall
The City of Saratoga Springs has received a mandate from NY State to create another
courtroom. They decided that renovating the space of the third floor Music Hall in City
Hall is the best option. This space has been used for the Flurry Festival since we moved
Saratoga in 1994, and is most dancers' favorite venue. It is also the site of the very
popular Diamond Dance, a swing dance series affiliated with DanceFlurry Organization. The
City Council says the Music Hall is not of historical value and is underutilized. We need
to let ourselves be heard if we want to dance in or otherwise use the Saratoga Music Hall
The only way we can save the Music Hall is if a huge number of people write to the people
listed below. The following list is our suggestion for writing to the decision makers, in
order of importance starting at the top.
The decision is now seems to be in the realm of the NYS Office of Court Administration.
They will only read signed letters which are either postal mailed or faxed.
Executive Director, NYS Unified Court System
Office of Court Administration
25 Beaver Street - 11th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Fax number: 212-428-2190
Governor Andrew Cuomo – he ordered the court expansion -
Mayor and all members of the City Council of the City of Saratoga Springs -
Assembly woman Carrie Woerner http://nyassembly.gov/mem/Carrie-Woerner/contact
Senator Kathy Marchione https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/kathleen-marchione/contact
Office of Court Administration for the Saratoga area http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/4jd/
- http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/4jd/ http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/4jd/
dcaj-alb(a)nycourts.gov mailto:email@example.com (address letter to the Honorable
Michael V Coccoma, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge)
Here are articles (and a petition) with some background info:
The option to use the music hall space has gone to the Office of Court Administration. We
need to act very quickly. Write and email to bring concern and attention to this. They did
this before anyone knew what had happened!
Go to the Save the Saratoga Music Hall facebook page
to stay informed about what is happening
and what you can to. We need everybody!