Have a Safe & Happy Mother’s Day Vol. 32, No.19 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net Free Every Friday Advocate Sports - Pats Boys LAX Battle Malden 781-286-8500 Friday, May 12, 2023 Election Commish makes polling changes Early list of candidates point to busy election year By Barbara Taormina W ith the number of candidates emerging, all signs are pointing to a busy election season. This week, Election Commissioner Paul Fahey was at the City Council meeting looking for the board’s approval of several changes to polling locations. Changes were made in response to feedback from offi cials and voters. Voters in Ward 1, Precinct 3, who have previously voted at Beachmont School, will now cast their ballots at the American Legion post next to City Hall. Voting will return to the Jack IN CONTROL: Pats’ Matt LaCroix wins the face off against Malden center during Tuesday’s game at Harry Della Russo Stadium. See pages 14-15 for photo highlights. (Advocate photo by Emily Harney) Councillor Visconti asks CFO for update on ARPA spending By Barbara Taormina T he American Rescue Plan Act is a $1.9 trillion federal economic stimulus package passed in March 2021, to provide assistance to Americans and their communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. ARPA provided $350 billion to state and local governments to bolster local economies that suff ered during the pandemic. Revere’s cut of ARPA funding was $30 million, and this week Councillor-atLarge Gerry Visconti asked Chief Financial Officer Richard Viscay to meet with him and other members of the City Council’s Ways and Means Committee to review how the city is spending that windfall. “It’s not often the city is awarded $30 million. This is just to get some report on where we stand,” said Visconti, adding that originally there were initiatives and ideas for the money but the council should know how much has been spent and how much is left. Councillor-at-Large Anthony Zambuto immediately jumped in with his support for the idea. $2.99 GALLON We accept: MasterCard * Visa * & Discover Price Subject to Change without notice 100 Gal. Min. 24 Hr. Service 781-286-2602 “When we first talked about ARPA funding, we had a lot of input. I’m not sure how much of that input actually transpired into the wishes we presented. It sounded promising, but it would be good to see where this money actually went and what’s left,” said Zambuto. Mayor Brian Arrigo spent some ARPA funding on a program that awarded $250 to all property owners of owner-occupied homes to help defray ris6:00 AM - 10:30 PM STORE HOURS: Come to Robinson News Convenience 1556 Eastern Ave, Malden • (781) 324-0492 Come Play lottery here! bins nve Lottery Beer Wine WE'VE GOT ALL YOUR NEEDS COVERED! GERRY VISCONTI Councillor-at-Large ing housing costs. In 2022, Arrigo created the city’s fi rst Offi ce of Travel and Tourism – dubbed “Next Stop Revere: By Land, Sea, or T” – to make Revere a destination that could reap signifi cant tourism dollars. According to the press release in the city website, “Tourism is Massachusetts’ third largFUNDING | SEE Page 4 Soft Drinks Groceries Satter House for Ward 5, Precinct 1A voters. Ward 5 voters in Precincts 2 and 3 will head to the gym at the Paul Revere School to vote. There will also be a small change in Ward 6. Previously, voters in Ward 1 and Ward 2 voted in the gym at the Whalen School while voters in Precinct 3 voted in the cafeteria. This fall, all Ward 6 residents will vote in the Whalen School Gym. The Election Commission will have signs directing voters to the appropriate places. Councillors thanked Fahey for the changes that will make voting easier for residents throughELECTION | SEE Page 4 6:00 AM - 10:30 PM

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