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Schenectady County has 3 primaries Tuesday

Schenectady County has 3 primaries Tuesday

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Schenectady County has 3 primaries Tuesday
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Tuesday will be Primary Day in some communities, with party nominations at stake in communities across the Capital Region.

By far the most prominent contest in the region — with public debates and television advertising — has been for mayor of Albany, where Democratic incumbent Kathy Sheehan faces two challengers who are fellow Democrats: Albany City Council President Carolyn McLaughin and Frank Commisso Jr., a member of the City Council.

But in smaller communites across the region, community leadership positions are at stake ahead of the general election on Nov. 7.

In Schenectady County, there will be three party primary elections, with a town supervisor's seat being contested in Princetown and Town Board seats being fought over in both Princetown and Niskayuna.


The Republican primary for supervisor pits current supervisor Louis Esposito against former supervisor Michael Joyce.

Esposito is serving through the end of the year, after he was appointed to replace Robert Myers, who resigned abruptly in December. Joyce served four years as town supervisor, but lost to Myers in 2015. Esposito served on the Town Board prior to becoming supervisor.

Regardless of the outcome of the primary, Esposito will appear on the Democratic and Independence lines for supervisor, while Joyce will appear on the Conservative line. 

Also in Princetown, there's a Republican primary for a Town Board seat, with Nicole Maura and Patrick Mooney competing for the vacancy created last December when Esposito resigned, and the next day was appointed supervisor.

Both Maura and Mooney filed petitions to appear on other party lines in November. Maura was endorsed by county Democrats, while Mooney received the Republican endorsement.


There is a primary for the Conservative Party line for two Town Board seats, with incumbents John A. DellaRatta and Denis Murphy McGraw, who are also running as Democrats, being challenged by Anthony Simone.


There was originally going to be a City Council Democratic primary in Schenectady, as well, but a state Supreme Court judge in August ruled that challenger Damonni Farley's nominating petitions were defective, removing him from the ballot. Incumbent Democrats John Mootooveren, Marion Porterfield and Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas are the party nominees, though Farley still has a Working Families ballot line in November.

Polling hours on Tuesday will be noon to 9 p.m. Information on polling places, for those who don't know their local polling site, is available on the Schenectady County Board of Elections website.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, swilliams@dailygazette.net or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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