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First Row A “Listening Session” a success.

On Thursday night, July 29, the candidates on the Democratic Row A of the ballot hosted a virtual listening session to hear from voters and express their own views on the issues. Close to 100 attended via Zoom or Facebook Live for the 90 minute session. The focus of tonight’s session was public safety (key points made by candidates: a Citizen’s Review Board is not consistent with good policing, and listening to all community members does not mean defiunding the police) but the discussion extended into environmental policy, how to support at-risk populations and more.

Domenique Yermolayev campaigns for DPW on platform of efficiency and transparency.

At her campaign kickoff event on June 22, the Row A candidate for Commissioner of Public Works announced that her primary goals are scheduled services (more exact windows of dates for hydrant flushing, leaf pickup, etc), a technology-based communications solution between DPW and residents and unified sidewalk ordinance/code reform. “There needs to be an attitude of customer service,” she said according to the Foothill Business Daily.

Minita Sanghvi kicks off campaign for Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Finance.

Minita Sanghvi is a tenured business professor at Skidmore College and has made Saratoga Springs home for her and her family since 2014. She currently sits on the Saratoga Springs Public Library board of trustees as its finance officer. She served on the city’s Charter Review Commission and is a founding member of the Saratoga Springs Human Rights Task Force. “This past year has shown how fragile our city’s economy is,” she said in making her announcement as reported in the Saratogian. “We need to implement bold, new ideas to bolster the local economy, safeguard the city’s resources and bring more voices to the table. My goals are clear—build the city’s finances back better, bolster small business and create an inclusive Saratoga.” Sanghvi is running on the Democratic Row A as well as the ResilentSaratoga line.