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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.

— “I worked really hard at meeting folks in the party by knocking on their doors all summer long,” Whalen said. “I think everybody pretty much realized I am dedicated to the taxpayer.”

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Michael Farrell, an Independence Party member, casts his vote for the primary election at Forts Ferry Elementary School in Latham.

Whalen garnered 258 votes, according to unofficial election results. Out of the three Democrats vying for the line, Frazier captured the most votes with 87, with Steck close behind with 79 votes. Landry garnered 34 votes.

Steck said the three Democratic candidates essentially handed the line over to Whalen by dividing the support of Independence voters.

“We all split the vote up and enabled the Republicans to get that line,” Steck said. “We had three Democrats and one Republican in the Independence primary and it made it almost impossible for a single Democrat to win that line.”

The three Democrats received a total of 200 votes, still short of Whalen’s take.

“I was so pleased I got over 50 percent of the vote,” Whalen said. “(People) are sick of politics as usual.”

Steck was confident he could win the November general elections with only two ballot lines. Whalen is also appearing on the Republican and Conservative lines.

“I think we have enough lines to win the race,” Steck said. “I have spent all my life running uphill races, but I think we are in strong position to win. I don’t take anything for granted, though.”

Whalen, however, characterized Steck’s second-place performance in Schenectady County as “overwhelming telling.”

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gn842 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 3 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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