This is a relatively quiet year in terms of elections in New York State. A number of Upstate mayors are running for re-election (and most of those races were decided in Democratic primary). The “high profile” races that are worth keeping an eye on include:

Westchester County Executive

Two-term incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino is running for a third term against Democratic State Senator George Latimer; this appears to be a very close race.

Rensselaer County Executive

Republican County Executive Kathleen Jimino has decided not to run for a fifth term; Republican Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin and Democrat Andrea Smyth are competing to replace her.  McLaughlin appears to have the advantage in this race.

Syracuse Mayor

Incumbent Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner cannot run again due to term limits; the race to replace her features Democrat Juanita Perez Williams and Ben Walsh, an independent running on the Reform Party, Independence Party and Upstate Jobs Party lines.

Nassau County Executive

Nassau County is often viewed as a statewide political bell weather. Incumbent Republican County Executive Edward Mangano, who has been indicted by the federal government for fraud and bribery, is not running for re-election.  Democrat Laura Curran and Republican Jack Martins have both made anti-corruption proposals central components of their respective campaigns.

Curran was a newspaper reporter and school board member; she has served on the county legislature for the last four years. Martins served as mayor of Mineola from 2003 to 2010 and as a State Senator from 2011 to 2016. He lost a race for Congress in 2016.