Primary Races

There are relatively few high-profile races this election season. With no state-level races on the ballot (except those to fill vacancies), the races getting the most attention throughout Upstate New York are the mayoral races in the our largest cities – Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.

The following Democratic primary races will be decided on September 12:

Buffalo: Incumbent Byron Brown, seeking a fourth term, is being challenged by Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.

Rochester: First-term incumbent Lovely Warren is facing former police chief Jim Sheppard and former television reporter Rachel Barnhart;

Syracuse: Incumbent Democrat Stephanie Miner cannot run for re-election due to term limits; three Democrats — Marty Masterpole, Joe Nicoletti and Juanita Perez Williams – are competing to face Republican Laura Lavine in November;

Albany: First-term incumbent Kathy Sheehan is being challenged by Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and Common Councilman Frank Commisso Jr.

Kolb Considering Run for Governor in 2018

Last week, Assembly GOP leader Brian Kolb told the Auburn Citizen that he is considering running for Governor in 2018.Kolb was a businessman before entering politics, co-founding North American Filter Corporation, a company that manufactures air, gas and liquid filtration systems. He also served as president of Refractron Technologies, a Wayne County ceramics manufacturer.While a race for governor of New York would be an uphill climb for any Republican, we have been very supportive of Assemblyman Kolb’s advocacy – on tax relief; adequate transportation spending Upstate; mandate relief for local governments; and making the real property tax cap permanent, among many others.