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.
continued 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.