Record turnouts, potential pink slips and a $14 million shortfall

Tuesday's presidential primary brought out a record number of Albany democrats. Counting absentee ballots, it looks like about 40 thousand of the city's 90 thousand democrats voted Tuesday. That's in line with statewide numbers. Only 22 percent of Republicans turned out at Albany polls. [TU]

Some NYRA employees may be getting pink slips for Valentine's Day. The New York Racing Association is bracing for layoffs and cutbacks that could affect some of its Saratoga Springs employees. NYRA is preparing to halt racing at Aqueduct on February 13. Some folks at NYRA are holding out hope that an agreement may be coming soon. [Saratogian]

The town of Colonie is $14 million in debt. Supervisor Paula Mahan announced yesterday that it may take as long as ten years to make up the shortfall. Seven years ago the town had a 12 million dollar surplus . [Daily Gazette]

A former aide to Hillary Clinton is running for Mike McNulty's 21st Congressional District seat. Democrat Tracey Brooks has announced her candidacy. McNulty will retire in December. [TU]

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