CAPITAL REGION -- Voters who are registered in political parties will make some critical decisions Tuesday in the Schenectady mayor's race, a race for sheriff in Fulton County, and in municipal primaries around the Capital Region.
Tuesday is Primary Day, with party-registered voters making decisions in dozens of communities about who their parties will nominate to run in the November general election. Polling places in communities with primaries will be open noon to 9 p.m.
Among the high-profile races in the region is the Democratic contest for mayor of Schenectady, with community activist Thearse B. McCalmon challenging eight-year incumbent Gary R. McCarthy as he seeks his third four-year term.
In Saratoga County, the towns of Ballston and Milton have Republican primaries in which imcumbent town supervisors are being challenged, as well as primaries for two Town Board seats. There's also a two-person Republican primary for accounts commissioner in Mechanicville, and a two-person Democratic primary for finance commissioner in Saratoga Springs.
In a major countywide race in Fulton County, incumbent sheriff Richard C. Giardino is being challenged by Donald W. VanDeusen III. Giardino is a former district attorney and County Court judge, while VanDeusen is a former Gloversville police chief.
There are also municipal primaries for various offices in towns and cities in Schenectady, Fulton and Montgomery counties. Schoharie County has no primaries this year.
County boards of election post sample ballots and a list of polling places on their websites.
State Attorney General Letitia James' office will have a statewide election day hotline operating from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for voters who encounter any issues at their polling sites. The hotline is 1-800-771-7755, or voters may email [email protected].