Local primary results, reaction to Cuomo's proposed $15-and-hour min wage, Soares talks about Ivy case, more red light cameras online

Local primaries
Thursday was primary day for the November elections. Among the highlights from the unofficial results:

+ Albany County exec Democratic primary: incumbent Dan McCoy beat Dan Egan 60-37. McCoy is now all but certain to be re-elected in November. [TU]

+ The Troy Democratic mayoral primary finished too close to call -- Patrick Madden (754 votes), Rodney Wiltshire (749 votes), Ernest Everett (246 votes). There are more than a hundred absentee ballots to be counted. [Troy Record]

+ Cohoes mayor Democratic primary: Shawn Morse beat Dianne Nolin 56-41. Morse is now in line to become the next mayor of Cohoes (he's the nephew of the current mayor). [Troy Record]

+ Rensselaer County sheriff Republican primary: Patrick Russo Jr. beat Scott Ryan 64-35. There's no Democrat on the ballot for November. [TU]

+ Saratoga Springs commissioner of public safety Democratic primary: incumbent Christian Mathiesen beat Sarah Burger 65-35. Mathiesen next faces Republican Richard Wirth, who had been the incumbent when Mathiesen won in 2011. [Saratogian]

Unofficial elections results for each county: Albany | Rensselaer | Saratoga | Schenectady.

$15-an-hour minimum wage
Andrew Cuomo's announcement that he's pushing for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all industries in New York State caught criticism from business groups, who said the increase would have a negative effect on the creation of jobs. At a state Senate hearing earlier in the day about the fast food minimum wage increase, the owner of the Saratoga Springs Ben & Jerry's said he would probably have to close his store if required to pay the higher rate. And the owner of Bob & Ron's Fish Fry in Albany told TWCN that an increase to $15 an hour would put him out of business. [AOA] [TU] [News10] [TWCN]

Dontay Ivy case
Albany County DA David Soares talked with the Times Union editorial board about the state of the review of Albany police actions in the death of Dontay Ivy (still unclear) -- and the DA traded more barbs with the Cuomo admin over the executive order that assigned the state attorney general's office to review deaths of unarmed civilians. [TU]

SUNY diversity plan
The SUNY board of trustees has adopted a diversity plan that includes hiring a chief diversity officer for each campus, and the collection of new data to track student outcomes. [TU]

Watervliet standoff
A Troy man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car (reported stolen in Troy) through Watervliet before crashing the car, fleeing the scene, and then hiding out in a basement on Andrewsville Court (map). A SWAT team set up on the street and a stand off ensued. Police eventually found and apprehended the man in a basement -- after tear gassing the house next door. Police say a witness had reported seeing the man with a weapon, but no weapon was found. [TWCN] [WNYT] [News10] [Troy Record]

GlobalFoundaries
GlobalFoundaries is offering buyouts to employees as it tries to cut duplicate positions acquired during the acquisition of IBM facilities in Vermont and the Hudson Valley. The company also cited a downturn in the semiconductor industry. [Biz Review] [TU]

Red light cameras
Albany police announced a new batch of red light cameras became active Friday morning. [APD FB]

Former Record building
The Rensselaer County IDA has approved a PILOT agreement for the proposed residential/commercial conversion of the former Record building in downtown Troy. [TU]

Cider
Checking in with startup orchard and cidery in Sharon Springs owned by the people behind Hounds on the Hudson. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on

Congratulations, it's the weekend. Look for our "stuff to do this weekend" list later this morning.

Comments

Oh goodie! Andrew Cuomo gets on board with something he know won't pass a Republican Senate (that he helped put in place). How very big of him! He's a real man of the people!

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