2017 elections

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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.

August 29 Albany mayoral debate at the Hearst Media Center
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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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The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas caught up with them after the event.

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The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
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Ahead of the pivotal September 12 primary, three leading Democrats aspiring to get the party nod in the race for mayor of Albany are debating for the first time tonight.

Corey Ellis, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Alfredo Balarin and Leah Golby
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Citizen Action of New York has announced its endorsements in Albany’s city elections.

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Democrats in Albany appear to favor incumbent Mayor Kathy Sheehan for another term as mayor. Figures are in from a new Spectrum News/Siena College poll.

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This fall's race for Rensselaer County Executive includes a contentious primary on the Republican side between Deputy Rensselaer County Executive Chris Meyer and state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin.  Meyer is backed by retiring Republican County Executive Kathy Jimino.

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Three hopefuls have lined up to be the next mayor of Glens Falls, New York. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the race features two first-time candidates.

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In June, Rensselaer County Democrats picked Andrea Smyth to run for county executive. Smyth hopes to succeed Republican incumbent Kathleen Jimino, who caught supporters off-guard when she decided not to seek a fifth term. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief spoke with Smyth about her political aspirations.


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Some say President Donald Trump's fascination with twitter has led to social media rising as a factor in politics. And that may have trickled down to local races. The Capital Region is no exception.

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Two of the front-running Albany mayoral candidates have been trading barbs over tax exemptions.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan rallied with supporters Sunday afternoon at her Madison Avenue campaign headquarters - chit-chatting and serving slices of pizza.
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Tuesday represents another mile-marker for citywide races in Albany: June 6th, when candidates begin building their petitions.  Among those gathering signatures - the incumbent mayor and her latest challenger.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr.
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City Hall is defending itself after Albany Common Councilor and Democratic mayoral candidate Frank Commisso, Jr. called a press conference this morning to focus attention on an independent report regarding city finances.

A second Albany mayoral candidate has released personal income tax returns.

Across the city of Albany, the political scene is heating up as the pivotal September Democratic primary approaches.

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As top Albany Democrats get ready for campaign season, some familiar faces are jumping into citywide races as well.

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In a bid to become the city's first African-American mayor, Marlon Anderson threw his hat in the ring Wednesday night, announcing at Albany public library's main branch that this will be the last time he runs for political office.

Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics.
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Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics, running for common council president.

Albany Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. has joined the short list of mayoral candidates. On Wednesday he sat down with WAMC's Dave Lucas to outline his platform.
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Albany Common Council member Frank Commisso Jr. recently tossed his hat in the ring in a bid to capture the Democratic Party’s mayoral nomination. The son of the County Legislature’s majority leader, Commisso joins a field already featuring Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and Green Party hopeful Dan Plaat. First-term Democratic incumbent Kathy Sheehan has not yet announced a reelection bid. Commisso sat down Wednesday with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.


15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr. joins the short list of Albany Mayoral candidates
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Albany Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. has joined the short list of mayoral candidates. WAMC's Dave Lucas attended Commisso's official announcement Thursday.

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