First Night fun
The fireworks were cancelled after the Public Safety Department expressed concerns over staffing for the event. The Police Department has fewer officers than anyone can remember (54 active officers). That means that splitting their time between keeping the New Year's Eve crowd under control (remember the stabbing last year?) and keeping people from experiencing the fireworks in a far too up-close-and-personal kind of way is not much of an option.
He said they've been talking to Saratoga Arts organizers who put First Night "coming up with a viable solution" to bring the fireworks back, but that it is in their hands now.