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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.

Rivers money will keep flowing to Saratoga horse owners.

A deal struck by the involved parties and included in the state budget will keep money from gaming at Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady flowing to the owners and trainers of harness racing horses at the Saratoga harness track, according to the Daily Gazette. Under the deal announced April 6, Rivers will make about $1.8 million in payments for 2020, and going forward will pay a set percentage of slot machine revenue, in what Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner described as a good compromise.

State, local dems call for Stefanik’s resignation. Sign the petition below.

The petition, sponsored by the New York State Democratic Party, demands that Republican Representatives Chris Jacobs (NY-27), Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and Lee Zeldin (NY-01) resign for their complicity in Wednesday’s deadly insurrection on the US Capitol. Said State Chairman Jay S. Jacobs, the four “have not only violated their oath of office, they have disgraced the districts and state that they represent. These four have spent weeks and months delegitimizing our electoral process thereby undermining our faith in our democratic institutions. Yesterday, we saw the grave consequences of supporting such divisive and false claims. These Elected Officials do not deserve to hold office and represent New York. If you agree, please sign this petition demanding their resignation.

UPDATE: In addition, a constituent in the 21st district is circulating a petition via which has already collected over 18,000 signatures. See and sign the petition here.…