Tuesday’s primary elections featured only local races – no state or federal offices being contested in 2017.   In some cases, such as in New York City, Buffalo, Rochester and Albany, winning the Democratic primary is tantamount to winning the general election.

State Legislators Running for Local Offices

The following state legislators ran for local offices:

  • Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin won the Republican primary for Rensselaer County Executive; he will face Democrat Andrea Smyth in November;
  • Senator George Latimer won the Democratic primary for Westchester County Executive; he faces incumbent Republican Rob Astorino in November;
  • Senator Phil Boyle lost the Republican primary for Suffolk County sheriff;
  • Senator Ruben Diaz won a primary for a New York City Council seat;
  • Assemblyman Francisco Moya won a primary for a New York City Council seat;
  • Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj won a primary for a New York City Council seat;

Upstate Mayoral Races

Incumbent Democratic mayors coasted to re-election in Albany (Kathy Sheehan), Buffalo (Byron Brown), and Rochester (Lovely Warren). All are virtually guaranteed re-election in November.

In Syracuse, former Cuomo Administration staffer Juanita Perez Williams won the Democratic primary in a race where the incumbent was barred from running for re-election due to term limits. She faces Republican Laura Lavine in November.

New York City Mayoral Race

In New York City, incumbent Democrat Bill de Blasio easily won the Democratic primary race. He faces Republican Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis in November.