Local voter turnout down, hundreds of Senate staffers looking for work, Gillibrand's national star rising, burned man set himself on fire

It looks like voter turnout in the Capital Region actually declined this past Tuesday, in part because of Republicans who stayed home. One hot spot for increased turnout: Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

Local Republican state reps warn that downstate, Democratic control of the state legislature and governorship will be bad for the Capital Region. First casualty: Hugh Farley's sleep. [Daily Gazette]

With the Democrats probably taking over leadership of the state Senate, hundreds of staffers will be out of a job. [TU]

The Saratoga Springs City Court judge election won't be decided to until at least next week. Democrat Jeffrey Wait leads Republican Matt Dorsey by 242 votes, with more than a 1,000 absentee ballots still to be counted. If Wait holds on to win, it will be in large part because of overwhelming support in Skidmore's precinct. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

There's talk that Kirstin Gillibrand may be regarded a rising star in the national Democratic Party after her convincing win in a district that leans Republican. [Daily Gazette]

Its state representation now based in Saratoga County, the the Rensselaer County Republicans held their election night party in... Clifton Park. [TU]

Democrats on Troy's City Council say city money was used to print and distribute a mailer intended to support the mayor's charter proposal. The proposal went down at the polls. A spokesman for the mayor said earlier this week that council Democrats had been "spreading complete lies" about the proposal. [Troy Record] [Troy Record]

The Troy City Council president was served with a summons Tuesday night during an election party. He was subpoened as part of an ongoing dispute the city is involved in over a real estate deal. [Troy Record]

Police say the man who was found burned in the middle of a Bethlehem street had set himself on fire. They didn't say why. [TU]

Local consignment shops report an increase in the number of people looking to sell things. Buyers have been harder to come by. [Daily Gazette]

Election rule of thumb: election winners often want their campaign signs back, losers don't. [CBS6]

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