Primary candidates stock war chests

Candidates for McEneny’s seat have raised quarter million

— Patricia Fahy, a former Albany School Board member, had the third-largest take with $69,000 raised.

Some have criticized Clyne has for endorsing Fahy and called on him to distance himself from any Board of Elections business involving the race. He is also chairman of the Albany County and Bethlehem Democratic committees.

“My position is totally academic at this point since there will be no rulings (from the Board of Elections),” he said in response. “It’s really just an effort to promote the person making the claim. I can back whomever I want.”

Fahy has given substantial support to her own campaign with a $10,000 donation and a $10,000 loan.

In May, Albany County Legislator Frank Commisso dropped out of the race, with his place taken by his son, Commisso Jr. He has raised about $45,000, with the largest donations coming from two Albany residents at $4,000 each, his father’s Friends of Frank Commisso committee at $2,000 and Capital Hill Management in Albany at $1,000.

Margarita Perez, a political newcomer who works as a state legislative aide, has raised $5,000 with about $3,000 left on hand, while candidate James Coyne has yet to form a committee.

Republican candidate Ted Danz filed a “no activity” statement for his campaign and Conservative candidate Joe Sullivan has yet to file a financial report. Candidates do not need to file reports if they have raised less than $1,000.

“We’re concentrating on our grass root efforts,” said Guilderland Republican Committee Chairman Matt Nelligan, who is acting as a spokesperson for Danz. “He will be making significant contributions to his own campaign. It makes him beholden to no one.”

Danz and Fahy will primary on the Independence Party line. Nelligan said they were proud Danz was one of only two candidates who qualified as an Independent because of the size of the race.

“Make no mistake, we will have plenty of resources to fight out the Independence primary and win the General Election in November,” he said.

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