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

Albany Chief City Auditor Susan Rizzo & Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar are running for Albany County Comptroller.
Composite photo by Dave Lucas

The key primary election for a Democratic candidate to take over for retiring Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners is less than a week away.

Common Councilor Steve Napier, first-term Mayor Shawn Morse, former City Treasurer Pete Frangie and retired New York State Police Major Commander William Keeler
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The four Democrats running for mayor of Cohoes debated for the second time Monday, three weeks before their pivotal primary.

The four Democrats running for mayor of Cohoes debated for the first time last night.
Composite photo by Dave Lucas

The four Democrats running for mayor of Cohoes debated for the first time last night. The Cohoes Senior Center was filled to capacity with citizens hoping to see a spirited debate. They were not disappointed.

Former Vice President Joe Biden looms large over the 2020 presidential race.

In today’s Congressional Corner, David Hawkings of The Firewall wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo handily won Thursday's Democratic primary against actor Cynthia Nixon. Cuomo’s current Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul also won, as did Cuomo’s choice for attorney general, New York City Public Advocate Tish James.

Senator John Rodgers
Vermont Legislature

Five Democrats are running in Vermont’s gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. The only one with legislative experience is state Senator John Rodgers.  He is also the only one of the five who does not fully support all of the gun restrictions passed by the Democratically-controlled legislature and signed by Republican Governor Phil Scott last session.  Rodgers says he had initially decided to run for re-election to the state Senate but agreed to a write-in campaign after a number of people asked him to run in the gubernatorial primary.

NY-19 Democratic hopefuls at WAMC's debate in May.
Patrick Garrett

One week from Tuesday, Democratic voters in New York’s 19th House district will send one of seven primary candidates to face Republican Congressman John Faso in November. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne checked in with all seven to find out their plans and sentiments in the final days.

NY-19 Democratic Primary Candidates Talk Endorsements

Jun 18, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic candidates in New York’s 19th congressional district are entering their final week of campaigning before the June 26 primary. The race is in the national spotlight. Sunday, The New York Times endorsed a candidate in the sprawling 11-county district.

August 29 Albany mayoral debate at the Hearst Media Center
Times Union

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.

  Congressional Democrats have been lost in the wilderness for some time.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays discusses their hopes to retake control with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  The Democratic primary outcome might be obvious, but the race isn’t over.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  The Democratic presidential primary seems to be decided, but Bernie Sanders is pressing on.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal talks politics with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

Congressman Peter Welch

  Bernie Sanders went from long shot to in it for the long haul.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch continues his conversation about November with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Congressman Peter Welch

  Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign has thrust Vermont onto the national stage.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he thinks Sanders still has a shot to win the Democratic nomination.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

  Back in the 2008, the name of the Democratic primary game was superdelegates.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock talks with one of them for 2016.

Hudson Valley Voting Is Mixed In Democratic Primary

Sep 10, 2014
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Even though New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul won the Democratic primary, their opponents fared well in some Hudson Valley counties.

Governor Cuomo Votes In Westchester

Sep 9, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today stopped by his Westchester town to cast his vote in the Democratic primary for governor and lieutenant governor. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, the governor only recently began campaigning against his upstart opponent.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee cast their votes in the Democratic primary election. Cuomo’s message upon departing the polling site inside the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco was:

“Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote,” Cuomo says.

ballot box
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It’s primary election season. New York and Massachusetts are looking at somewhat heated democratic gubernatorial primaries next week, while Vermont voters head to the polls today to decide which GOP candidate will challenge incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin. Earlier this month, Connecticut GOP voters chose Tom Foley to challenge Governor Dan Malloy in November.

New York Primary Election Results

Jun 25, 2014
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WikiMedia Commons

New York Primary Election Results:

U.S. House District 13:

  • Charlie Rangel*         22,674   47.4%
  • Adriano Espaillat      20,846   43.6%
  • Michael Walrond       3,768     07.9%
  • Yolanda Garcia              505      01.1%

Town Supervisor Wants To Challenge A HV Assemblyman

Apr 30, 2014
Courtesy of Susan Zimet

There could be a Democratic primary in a Hudson Valley state Assembly district, as a town supervisor wants to face off against a longtime incumbent.

Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Cahill could be facing a primary. New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet Tuesday announced her candidacy for the 103rd District seat, which covers most of Ulster County plus Rhinebeck and Red Hook in Dutchess County.

Shahinfar Tops Domalewicz In Treasurer Primary

Sep 11, 2013

Attorney Darius Shahinfar won the Democratic primary for city treasurer of Albany, New York Tuesday, cruising to what appeared to be a 26-point victory over Democratic rival Gary Domalewicz.

Shahinfar, a close ally of Democratic mayoral primary winner Kathy Sheehan, led the vote late Tuesday 61 to 35 percent. Shahinfar faces no opponent in November's general election.

He says his relationship with Sheehan paves the way for vital cooperation on the city budget. Because of overwhelming party enrollment in Albany, Sheehan is the clear mayoral front-runner.

Court Ruling Keeps Primary Candidate Off The Ballot

Aug 22, 2013
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The state Court of Appeals Thursday affirmed an Appellate Court decision, keeping a candidate in the Democratic primary for Rockland County executive off the ballot.

The Court of Appeals, in a 7-0 decision, upheld the Appellate Court ruling, keeping Village of Suffern Mayor Dagan LaCorte off the ballot. Jerry Goldfeder, a prominent election lawyer representing LaCorte, says the ruling favors form over substance.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Voters across Massachusetts are heading to the polls today to vote in the Democratic Primary. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at the races in Western Massachusetts, and filed this report…

In Pittsfield’s Ward 5A polling place, warden Fran Lysonski said that voters were coming in steadily throughout the day, and though participation is generally lower in primary elections than general elections, she expects a pickup before the polls close this evening.