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UPDATE: Steck clinches Dem line in 110th Assembly

Whalen secures Independence line over three Dem challengers

Niskayuna Councilwoman Julie McDonnell holds up her iPad so Town Supervisor Joe Landry, running in the 110th Assembly District Democratic Primary, can see election results. Landry failed to capture the ballot line to Philip Steck, a four-term Albany County Legislator.

Niskayuna Councilwoman Julie McDonnell holds up her iPad so Town Supervisor Joe Landry, running in the 110th Assembly District Democratic Primary, can see election results. Landry failed to capture the ballot line to Philip Steck, a four-term Albany County Legislator. Photo by John Purcell.

— There were around 3,550 votes cast in Albany County in the election and 2,038 votes in Schenectady County, according to unofficial election results. In Schenectady County, Landry and Steck came close to tying.

As election results started to roll in, Landry and his supporters were hopeful and kept adding up the numbers to see if the gap was being closed. The outcome set in before all of the votes in Colonie were tallied, though.

“We thought we’d do better in Albany County … and we just were not able to do as well as we thought,” Landry said after the unofficial totals were tallied. “Albany County was just a difficult area to get into and we just didn’t have the name recognition that others had.”

Landry said he wasn’t sure why the votes in Albany County came in below expectations, but he said his campaign would evaluate it strategies.

The supervisor said his interest in the higher office was spurred by the opportunities it would offer to help the district. During his campaign, he touted his work as a Niskayuna supervisor and his grasp on what local officials must overcome.

“It is a time where we need some very good representation,” he said. “All the municipalities are … struggling with the tax cap. They are all trying to find different funding sources and this was a good opportunity to get involved.”

As far as what’s next for Landry, he said he would be at work in Town Hall the next day continuing to prepare his proposed budget for 2013.

GOP candidate takes Independence line

Steck secured the Working Families Party ballot line in addition to the Democratic ticket, according to unofficial results, but Republican candidate Jennifer Whalen easily nabbed the Independence line in a four-way race with Steck, Frazier and Landry.

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gn842 1 year, 7 months ago

I think the issues is not why Mr. Landry did not do better in Albany, but why Mr. Streck trailed Mr. Landry by only 4 or 5% in Mr. Landry's home turf.

The answer is that a lot of us in the home turf were looking for "anyone but Landry." (ABL) There are several reasons some of us were looking for ABL. One was the butchery of the trees across from Mohawk Mall. Another his awful project on bringing ice cream trucks back to Niskayuna. I never vote in Democratic primaries because I usually figure I'll be happy with the Democratic nominee, but in this case I made a point of going to the polls and voting ABL.

Mr. Landry also ran a Republican style campaign: slandering opponents with cooked up numbers on taxes and talking only about what he would do for business, with nothing about enhancing quality of life or preservation of nature, on which he has an awful record. The truth is in a world where the Republicans were a little less loco (by loco I mean anti-science, anti-gay, anti-education, etc.), Mr. Landry would be very comfortable as a Republican candidate. Because of the capture of the Republican party by wing-nuts Mr. Landry and others like him have had to make their way in the Democratic party. But every now and again real Democrats show up at the polls.

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Hizzoner 1 year, 7 months ago

Not to be picky but I doubt he "clenched" the Dem line. He may have "clinched" it however. You clench a fist, you clinch a victory.

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ABLalso 1 year, 7 months ago

Couldn't agree more with everything written by gn842. Landry has completely alienated his base in Niskayuna. Would do probably do better in a Republican primary where other arrogant people could vote for him.

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