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Cohoes Special Election Set

Voters in Cohoes will go to the polls August 27th to choose a new common council member.

A special election will be held after the primary race between Kathy Donovan and Adam Biggs to represent Ward 5 on the Common Council ended a tie. After absentee ballot counting, the Democrats came out even at 286 votes. The ward's tally was marred because 19 non-Democrats were apparently allowed to cast votes in the closed primary. 

The Times Union reports Donovan and Biggs met Monday with Albany County Board of Elections officials to agree to the terms of the new election, including having BOE employees run the election, instead of poll workers, as a cost-saving measure.

Both candidates told the newspaper they will spend the summer campaigning.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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