Sheehan Wins Albany Mayoral Primary & a Second Term in Office

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A man casts his ballot for the general election at a polling station inside a fire station, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan easily wins a second term in office. 

Unofficial results show Sheehan with about 52% of the vote. 

Common Councilman Frank Commisso, Jr. picked up 33%, while Council President Carolyn McLaughlin had 12. 

Sheehan, addressing her campaign followers, says it's time to unify the Democratic Party in Albany.

“And so now that this primary is over, it’s important that we come together as Democrats, and I will always represent every resident in our city, every neighborhood, every person, every concern that they have.”

The Mayor says the campaign was all about hearing residents' concerns.

“When you go out and you’re campaigning, and you have that opportunity to listen to those various voices, I take that to heart, and I know we have a lot of work to do, but I look forward to representing all of our residents, and moving forward, and continuing the progress that we made.”

Speaking to her supporters, Sheehan says work still has to be done to get neighborhoods growing.

“Connecting people to jobs, in every neighborhood in our city, we need to get those red X’s off buildings, by lifting up the people who live in those neighborhoods.”

McLaughlin thanked, and challenged, her supporters after the vote was in.

“You weren’t out there because you just wanted to help me, but in helping me, you wanted to help the city of Albany, and I will encourage each one of you to find your spot and continue to do that, because this place needs help.”

With no Republicans on the November ballot, Sheehan is the presumptive winner. 

Former mayoral candidate Corey Ellis defeated two opponents to succeed McLaughin as Common Council President.

There were some problems at Albany polling places on Tuesday.

Some locations failed to open at noon, and there were some reported problems with voting machines. 

An official with the Albany County Board of Elections says there was "an inordinate amount of sick calls" on Tuesday, and they had to scramble to find people to cover. 

All three primary candidates for Albany Mayor were aware of the problems. 

Meanwhile, in Rensselaer County, it appears to be a close victory for Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin in the Republican Primary for Rensselaer County Executive.

With 98% of the vote in, McLaughlin has defeated Deputy Executive Chris Meyer by a 53 to 47% margin. 

McLaughlin says it's on to November.

“We’re gonna win in November, we’re gonna continue to get our message out, because our message is a message of growth and prosperity.”

Addressing his supporters, McLaughlin said it's time to put the campaign behind them.

“It’s now time to unite the Republican Party, it is now time to come back together, and work together to grow this party, and go on to victory in November, and I think that’s exactly what we’re gonna do.”

McLaughlin gave special credit to Rich Crist, who was fired from his top-level county job when he came out in support of McLaughlin.

“That just kinda set the race off, when you fire somebody for exercising their belief in a candidate, there’s something seriously wrong with our system, and we’re gonna fix that.”

But Meyer says he's not giving up yet. 

“This race is really close, we knew that we see that from the results we have in so far, I’m really excited to get the absentee program to see where we stand and we worked hard on the absentees, so we’ll see how this works out.”

Assuming McLaughlin's lead holds, he'll face Democrat Andrea Smyth in November. 

Meyer will appear on the ballot on the Independence Party line. 

Incumbent County Executive Kathy Jimino decided not to seek reelection this year.

Photo: Getty Images



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