The Saratoga PAC, a political committee recently registered with the New York State Board of Elections submitted their first-ever periodic report showing contributions through July 11, 2015, totaling $46,417 from 217 donors in just five weeks.
According to Robert Manz, Chair of the Saratoga PAC, the organization hosted its first fundraising event on June 24, 2015, at the Stadium Café, on Broadway. This event attracted over 200 local residents, politicians and business leaders who paid $10 to attend the event.
The Saratoga PAC will make independent expenditures to support the election or the re-election of public officials seeking local and county offices, who demonstrate a commitment and capacity to enhance the economic well-being and quality of life in Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County in a unified and forward thinking manner.
“We raised over $46,000 in 5 weeks from over 200 supporters with the vast majority of our support coming from individual residents looking for their voices to be heard, “said Manz. “Our goal is to support a balance between expanding economic opportunity and protecting our environment while enhancing the quality of life in Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County. The energy in the packed room on June 24 was incredible with people from across both the City and County coming together to support reasonable, balanced and progressive actions that will continue to strengthen our City’s vibrant character.”
The Saratoga PAC recently sent a letter to the Saratoga Springs City Council in support of the proposal to amend the City’s zoning ordinance relative to solar panels. The change as requested by the Saratoga PAC was approved by a vote of 3 to 2. This vote has made it possible for the Saratoga Springs City Center to restart their efforts to secure City support for a new parking structure on an adjacent City owned surface parking lot.
The Saratoga PAC is now completing research into the votes taken by the incumbent Mayor and City Councilors in Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga PAC will extend an invitation to the incumbents and challengers for those seats to meet with an interview committee that will be formed by the Saratoga PAC Board of Directors later this summer. The current volunteer members of the Saratoga PAC’s board of directors includes: Robert Manz, Cindy Hollowood, Kathy Smith, Gordon Boyd, Jeff Vukelic, CJ DeCrescente, Sonny Bonacio, Patrick Kane, Gary Dake, Rod Sutton and David Collins.