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UPDATE: Breslin wins by sizable margin

Fahy wins crowded 109th contest comfortably, faces Danz in November

Senator Neil Breslin and his wife, Ellen, vote at Bethlehem town hall on primary day. He is running against County Legislator Shawn Morse to win the 44th state senate district.

Senator Neil Breslin and his wife, Ellen, vote at Bethlehem town hall on primary day. He is running against County Legislator Shawn Morse to win the 44th state senate district. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— “At least in theory, it’s an intra-family fight, between family members and you’re expected to ... get along with them after.”

Fahy handily bests five others

Former Albany School Board member Patricia Fahy won the crowded Democratic primary race in the 109th Assembly District.

Six Democrats had been vying to succeed longtime Assemblyman Jack McEneny, including Fahy, County Legislator Christopher Higgins, Assistant Attorney General William McCarthy, former county Executive Jim Coyne, Frank Commisso Jr. and political newcomer Margarita Perez. Fahy won with 5,045 votes, with Commisso Jr. following closest with 2,443 votes. Higgins came up third with 2,221 votes, followed by McCarthy, Coyne and Perez in last place with 445 votes.

The newly redrawn district is comprised of the southwestern parts of the City of Albany and the towns of Guilderland, New Scotland and Bethlehem.

“It’s incredibly gratifying to win, especially with running a positive campaign and a grassroots campaign,” Fahy said. “It shows you can do this without the big money that some of my competitors had.”

According to Fahy, a majority of her contributions were in the amount of $109 or less.

Higgins congratulated Fahy in a release and said he looked forward to speaking with her about continuing to move the community forward, “such as making a county land bank a reality and ensuring our environment remains sustainable.” No other candidates returned calls for comment.

Fahy said her plan now is to focus more on the issues, which she said was hard to do in the primary with such a large candidate pool. Her priorities include education equality, raising the minimum wage, campaign finance reform, creating green jobs and equal pay initiatives. She is also calling for a change to the education property tax formula, which she said is extremely difficult to understand.

“I think residents understand the value of a quality education, but know it cannot and should be placed on the back of taxpayers to provide,” she said.

Fahy lost the Independence Party primary to Republican Candidate Ted Danz by a tally of 150 votes to 120 votes. In November’s general election she will face Danz and Conservative candidate Joseph Sullivan, who, according to unofficial returns, narrowly retained his line in the face of an opportunity to ballot write-in challenge.

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