2015 elections

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It’s back to the drawing board for one the nation’s priciest proposed school renovations. After the last of the absentee ballots and affidavits were counted today, voters in Albany rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School.

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After eight years, the city of Amsterdam will have a new mayor. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Republican challenger Mike Villa ousted incumbent Democratic mayor Ann Thane on election night.

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Election Night came with a few surprises, some close calls and a rally by voters in one town who turned the night on its head.

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Republicans and Democrats in the State Senate both have victories to point to in last night’s election results. 

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In a rematch of a razor-thin race four years ago, Mayor Gary McCarthy has been elected to a second term in Schenectady.

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All incumbents seeking re-election in Saratoga Springs held on to their seats for another two-year term, including Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen.

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It’s Election Day today, and while there are no major state- or national-level elections on the ballot, there are a lot of very important local issues being put before voters today. The polls are open, and Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain is here, and so is Kevin Moran, Regional Vice President for News of New England Newspapers and former managing editor of the Berkshire Eagle.

For what’s thought to be the first time, a full slate of female candidates is running for Dutchess County positions.

Female candidates are out to unseat the County Executive, Clerk, County Court and Family Court Judges.

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One of the candidates in the Troy mayoral election has received a major endorsement.

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With the election day countdown clock ticking, the candidates for mayor of Schenectady went head-to-head last night in a debate on Time Warner Cable.

The Troy mayoral race has taken a turn: Ernest Everett, who finished third in the Democratic primary, is facing felony forgery counts.

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Back in January, Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar decided, unexpectedly,  not to run for a fourth term.  In a letter to county Republican Chairman John Rustin, Mahar explained he wanted to retire and spend more time with his family...

Odd Dan Out

Aug 27, 2015
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On Wednesday night the Democratic candidates for Albany County Executive locked horns at a 'candidate forum' - but  Dan McCoy and Dan Egan have another Dan to consider...

Meet Anasha Cummings

Aug 15, 2015
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One Troy City Council candidate aims to kick civic interest and government participation into a higher gear by running on his own "Red Beard" ballot line in the coming November election. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Anasha Cummings to discuss his candidacy and the potential he sees for the Collar City.

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The political hopes of two would-be candidates for the Albany County Legislature have been dashed — at least for the time being.

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Some hopeful candidates for seats on the Albany County Legislature have gone to court after being thrown off the ballot.

The candidates in one upstate mayoral challenge have agreed to run a “clean, positive” race.

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Troy police were called to the home of a mayoral candidate Thursday night.

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With Mayor Lou Rosamilia deciding not to seek another term, the political scene in Troy is wide-open ahead of the fall elections. 32-year-old native Ernest Everett would like to see his beloved Troy make a big comeback. The Democrat announced his candidacy in Lansingburgh in the spring and believes he is the one who can unify the Collar City. Everett sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss his platform.

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For the second time this week, an incumbent Capital Region mayor has decided against seeking another term.

When Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia announced Monday that he would not seek re-election, a window of opportunity opened for a cast of mayoral hopefuls.  City Council President Rodney Wiltshire was first to officially step forward. 

Wiltshire kicked off his mayoral campaign Wednesday. Considered a "rebel" Democrat by some, Wiltshire often has clashed with first-term Mayor Lou Rosamilia and party leaders.

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Voting has been placed on temporary hold throughout one upstate county.

Senior U.S. Judge Lawrence Kahn ruled Tuesday Albany County diluted minority voting power in its 2011 redistricting plan. The Times Union reports Kahn has blocked county officials from proceeding with this year's legislative elections until a new plan is drafted.

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Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia has announced he will not seek re-election in the fall.  Potential candidates were already waiting in the wings — now that Rosamilia's officially out of the race, WAMC takes a closer look at Troy politics.   

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Village elections are set for tomorrow in New York. WAMC takes a look at the mayoral race in the Washington County village of Cambridge, one of few competitive races in our region.