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Rep. Tonko urges local restaurants to register for new COVID relief fund.

The fund holds $28.6 billion and will provide restaurants and eligible businesses with money equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss, up to $10 million per business, according to the Daily Gazette. The relief does not have to be repaid, provided that the funds are put toward eligible uses by March 11, 2023. “Our Capital Region’s independent restaurants are cornerstones of our communities, yet they are among the businesses hit hardest by this pandemic and most in need of financial help,” Tonko said. Eligible restaurants can enroll through the Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Award Portal.…

Saratoga school board members have a problem with “anti-racism” initiative.

Dean Kooligan and Erica Borman, who are aligned with Saratoga Parents for Safer Schools which aims at rearming school monitors, made their comments during last week’s SSCSD school board meeting. Kolligian said the word “anti-racism” is harsh and needs further explanation; Erika Borman found it “quite concerning” according to the Times-Union. Board member Natalya Lakhtakia responded that “racism is harsh”.

Republicans seek to take over Working Families Party in echo of national voter suppression movements.

According to the Times-Union, Saratoga Springs police officer Thomas Sartin, a former Republican who recently switched to WFP, is the top petitioner in a lawsuit argued by former GOP congressman and Donald Trump supporter John Sweeney that would block Democrats, including Tara Gaston of Saratoga Springs and Cynthia Young of Malta, from the WFP ballot line. Sartin is currently leading the effort to collect signatures to put Republican-friendly candidates on the WFP line.

Saratoga County Sheriff candidate dies unexpectedly.

Saratoga County and City Democrats mourn the loss of our friend and endorsed Sheriff candidate Jerry Holland. Jerome Holland, a retired state trooper who lived in Clifton Park, died suddenly on Sunday, April 11, his obituary noted. The 64-year-old had a 35-year career with the police as a senior investigator. After retiring, he worked for the state Senate as its sergeant-at-arms and then as an office manager at Guarded Exchange in Albany. Holland would have been the first Black candidate to run for sheriff in Saratoga County. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.

Ron Kim announces for Saratoga Springs Mayor.

Kim, who has been endorsed by the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee, chose the 9/11 Memorial in High Rock Park as a symbol of how Saratogians have always united as a community in times of crisis. He said his top priorities are building an Eastside public safety station; reimagining our police so there is accountability and transparency while creating new bonds among all of our first responders and all the citizens of our city; assisting businesses to reopen safely and remain viable when faced with unprecedented events; and harness Federal and State support to develop green policies that create a carbon neutral Saratoga Springs by 2030.