2017 elections

Democratic incumbents Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan cruised to victories in this week's elections. Here is a peek at what comes next in local government.

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin makes his way to the podium to declare victory in the County Executive race.
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Like in the Republican primary in September, it will take absentee ballots to decide the next Rensselaer County Executive.  Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has declared victory, but Democrat Andrea Smyth isn’t conceding.

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      First elected in 2011 as the youngest mayor in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Alex Morse again made history in the Paper City Tuesday.

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The Columbia County sheriff has defeated a local police chief.

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There are a number of local and county races today throughout the Hudson Valley. Orange, Rockland and Westchester Counties are picking county executives. And there is a comptroller race in Dutchess County. Plus, some local ballot questions pepper the region, including one in Orange County involving the Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel.

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Republican Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino is retiring at the end of 2017 after 16 years. Her exit opened the door for today’s high-profile election.

There are three statewide propositions on the ballot in Tuesday’s elections.

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Voters in the Albany area will decide a variety of city and county races Tuesday. 

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Proposition One on New York’s ballot, which asks voter whether there should be a Constitutional Convention, is getting a lot of attention, with TV ads and social media posts.  But there are two other proposals for voters to consider. 

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Absentee balloting has been the talk of Albany politics since the city’s Democratic primary in September.

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The race for the open Rensselaer County Executive is defined by a contrast in styles.

A new poll finds the ballot question on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention in New York has become widely unpopular with voters.

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Blair Horner, executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, joins the show to discuss the three ballot questions facing New Yorkers this Election Day,  November 7. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
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Voters in Albany County's biggest town have a choice to make on Election Day: stick with Supervisor Paula Mahan for a sixth term, or back Republican challenger Frank Mauriello of the County Legislature. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Mahan, a Democrat who has been in office for a decade.

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There’s some misinformation on social media regarding a key ballot item in next month’s elections on whether New York will hold a Constitutional Convention. 

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello
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The City Council President helps balance the power of government in Troy, New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down this week with the two candidates running for that office in November’s election. Yesterday we met Democratic challenger Gary Pavlic. Today, we hear from incumbent Republican Council President Carmella Mantello.

Gary Pavlic is a 30 year resident of Troy who is currently a Rensselaer County Legislator representing the City of Troy on the County Government where he has served for the past 5 years.
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The City Council President helps balance the power of government in Troy, New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down this week with the two candidates running for that office in November’s election. First up is challenger Gary Pavlic, a Democrat.

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In November, voters in the Hudson riverfront city of Rensselaer will pick between three-term Democratic incumbent Mayor Dan Dwyer and first-time candidate Jim Konstantakis.

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First ward Hudson City Alderman Rick Rector, a Democrat, is the sole candidate running for mayor of the Columbia County city after incumbent Tiffany Martin Hamilton decided not to seek another term. Rector says he plans to make a big difference in local politics.

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With a resounding victory in the Democratic primary, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is highly likely to earn a second term. But  it appears several new faces could be joining Albany’s Common Council.

Corey Ellis with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Voters in the city of Albany have made their choices in the pivotal primary election.

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While primaries in municipalities like Westchester County and Albany may draw a number of voters to the polls for major races today, in some counties there are only down ticket races.  In northern New York’s Clinton and Essex Counties, most primary races for local offices haven’t sparked massive interest.

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In just a few hours, months of campaigning in Albany will be over. Here's a look back at the mayoral race on this primary day.

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It’s all about turnout in today’s pivotal Albany primaries. Candidates relish the final showdown.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
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One day before votes are cast in the key Democratic primary, a new poll shows Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan holding strong.

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One week from primary day, there are four mayoral debates to go in Albany.

Top row: Frank Commisso Jr., Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dan Plaat. Bottom row: Carolyn McLaughlin, Bryan Jimenez.
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Less than two weeks before primary day, the Albany Democratic mayoral candidates were back on the dais last night, fielding questions on issues unaddressed in previous forums. For the first time, they were joined by Green Party candidates.

Once again, the three Democratic candidates for Albany mayor will get together for a pre-primary debate tonight. This time they will be joined by Green Party candidates.

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The three Democratic candidates for Albany mayor debated for the second time Tuesday night at the Times Union’s Hearst Media Center before a capacity crowd.

 "As long as you have a reason for running, and you have strong stands on the issues, a candidate can do very well." ~ Joe Sullivan
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Democrats have an overwhelming enrollment advantage in the city of Albany, meaning the September 12th mayoral primary is the biggest hurdle for the candidates. But that isn’t scaring off several third-party hopefuls. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Conservative candidate Joe Sullivan about the race, campaigning and the voting process.

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