Cuomo wins Democratic primary for governor, multiple state Senate incumbents lose, 911 call from wife of Cohoes mayor, Troy city employee charged in connection with land sale situation

Democratic primary for governor
+ Andrew Cuomo won the Democratic primary for governor 64-34. over Cynthia Nixon.*
+ Cynthia Nixon: ""What we saw tonight was not what we hoped for, but I am not discouraged. We have fundamentally changed the political landscape in this state." [Politico]
+ Despite the media attention for Nixon's challenge, Cuomo had gathered the support of the party establishment, labor unions, and real estate interests. He an overwhelming advantage in the amount of campaign funding available to him for the primary. [NYT] [Politico]
+ Cuomo's campaign said spent primary night at a private watch party the Executive Mansion in Albany. [TU]

* That tally, like all totals mentioned here, is unofficial and represents the reported count by the state Board of Election for 99.5 percent of election districts statewide.

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Democratic primary for lieutenant governor
+ The Democratic primary for lieutenant governor was much closer: Incumbent Kathy Hochul made it past challenger Jumaane Williams, a New York City Council member from Brooklyn, 48-42.
+ Williams rolled up strong vote totals in New York City, and it was Hochul's upstate support that pushed her ahead. (She's from the Buffalo area.) [Politico]
+ Hochul: "[S]top this whole upstate-downstate divide, because we are stronger together, and that's how I want to finish. I want to head into the November election united as a Democratic Party." [State of Politics]

Democratic primary for state Attorney General
+ New York City Public Advocate Tish James won the four-way Democratic primary for state Attorney General with 39 percent of the vote. Zephyr Teachout got 30 percent, Sean Patrick Maloney 24 percent, and Leecia Eve 3 percent.
+ James had the backing of Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic Party establishment. [TU]
+ James as her victory speech: "[The win] was about the people but most importantly it was about that man in the White House who can't go a day without threatening our fundamental rights." [Politico]

Ground shifts in state state Senate
+ Maybe the biggest primary news of the night for state politics was the fact that six of eight former members of the Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate lost their primaries. [TU]
+ That total included the conference's former leader, Jeffrey Klein, who until recently had been one of the most powerful people in the Capitol. Said his challenger, Alessandra Biaggi, in her victory speech: "We have now cut the head of the I.D.C. snake." [NYT]
+ Also: Incumbent Martin Dilan of Brooklyn lost to Julia Salazar, a Democratic socialist whose campaign had gotten a lot of media attention for all sorts of controversies. [AP/NYT] [Vox]
+ Bill Mahoney: "The IDC defeats were unprecedented in a state in which incumbents almost never lose. From 2006 through 2016, there had never been a year in which more than three members of the 213-person Legislature were defeated in a primary." [Politico]

107th Assembly District
New Lebanon town clerk Tistrya Houghtling won the Democratic primary in the 107th state Assembly District -- the Rensselaer/Washington/Columbia county seat formerly held by Steve McLaughlin -- and will face Republican Jake Ashby. [TU]

Saratoga County DA
Incumbent Saratoga County DA Karen Heggen beat challenger Gerard Amedio 67-32 in the Republican primary. That puts her in line to win another term in November because there no Democrats in the pool for the office. [Saratoga County BOE] [TU]

Shawn Morse
The Times Union has obtained the audio of the 911 calls made by the wife of Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse last year in which she told the dispatcher there had been incident of domestic violence and that "he pulled me by my throat to the ground." Shawn Morse has previously said 911 was mistakenly called and that his wife was not hurt. [TU]

Arrest in Albany shooting
Albany police say a 19-year-old Troy man has been arrested and charge with attempted murder for a shooting on Orange Street July 8. [APD]

Troy city employee charged in connection with land sale
A Troy code enforcement officer is facing multiple felony charges related to the situation surrounding the sale of a tax-delinquent, city-owned property to the former city engineer and the removal of a reverter clause connected to the promised use of the property. The city says the code enforcement officer has been placed on leave. [TU] [WNYT]

Albany County sick leave
The proposed Albany County legislation to require paid sick leave is getting some revisions and is lined up to be back before the legislature in October. [TU]

Where does the chair of the Saratoga planning board live?
It's unclear whether the chair of the Saratoga town planning board actually lives in the town -- and if he doesn't live in the town, his chairmanship would be a violation of state public officers law. [TU]

Momentive
The Momentive plant in Waterford is part of a $3.1 billion acquisition by a South Korean conglomerate. The plant employs about 1,000 people. [TU] [Biz Review]

South End health center
The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is opening a new community health center in Albany's South End. [TU]

Slingerlands apartments
The developer behind the "The Hamlet" in Slingerlands at New Scotland Road and Maher Road (map) is proposing another 194 apartments there along with new commerical space. The project would require a zoning change. [TU] [Biz Review]

Elisa Streeter
Elisa Streeter has announced that she's retiring from WTEN at the end of the year. [Elisa Streeter Facebook] [TU]

Comments

So Shawn Morse was lying? How surprising... not. That man needs to go.

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