Mayors in Buffalo and Syracuse easily won their Democratic primaries tonight, while Albany picked the city treasurer to succeed retiring Mayor Jerry Jennings.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown had a 68 percent to 32 percent lead with 95 percent of districts reporting as he seeks a third term against primary foe Bernie Tolbert. He’ll face Republican Sergio Rodriquez in November.
In Syracuse, Mayor Stephanie Miner won a three-way primary with ease, cruising with 53 percent of the vote with 91 percent reporting. Miner, the co-chair of the state Democratic Party, is seeking a second term.
Both cities have heavily Democratic enrollment edges, so the primaries were likely the incumbents most difficult obstacles toward re-election in November.
In Albany, City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan made the earliest victory speech of the night soon after the polls closed. She beat Cory Ellis, a city councilman.
“This is not happen just because of me. This happened because a group of people came together, from all corners of our city and saw the possibilities of an exciting, different future for our city,” Sheehan said on YNN.