The Saratoga County History Center has announce the publication of Off the Northway (Saratoga County History Center, 2022), a compilation of 83 articles written by longtime local journalist Stephen Williams, who retired after a 42-year career at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady, NY.
Off the Northway provides a reporter’s up-close perspective on the events that impacted people living in Saratoga County during this 15-year period and reflects on the changes seen across the county stemming from the construction of the Adirondack Northway six decades ago.
One of the principal topics is the long roller-coaster history of the dream, design, negotiations for, and construction of the $15 billion GlobalFoundries semiconductor facility in Malta, which recently announced plans to construct a second plant at its vast Luther Forest location.
Among the other topics Williams covered during his tenure at the Gazette and included in Off the Northway are stories about the ongoing efforts to manage development and environmental protection, some of the unusual local history of Saratoga County and Saratoga Springs, and his takes on local politics and politicians of the early years of the 21st century. One of the major players in the GlobalFoundries story, state Senator Joe Bruno, is covered extensively, as are politicians like state senators Jim Tedisco and Roy McDonald.
The book will be released and become available for sale beginning Tuesday, June 28th at 7 pm at a presentation and book signing by the author at the Brookside Museum, located at 6 Charlton Steet, Ballston Spa. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online.