Unlike New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown have real races in the Democratic primary this year. All three mayors appear to be in good shape, though.
In Buffalo, a Spectrum News/Siena College poll found Brown with 51% and in a strong position as he campaigns for a fourth term. His opponents were far behind: Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder earned 24% with Erie County legislator Betty Jean Grant at 13%.
Spectrum/Siena also polled Albany, finding Sheehan similarly ahead. 50% of likely Democratic voters said they’d vote for Sheehan. Albany Common Council member Frank Commisso Jr. has 20% and Albany Council President Carolyn McLaughlin is at 13%.
The primaries for all three mayoral races are September 12th. Given the Democratic tilts of the cities, the winner of the Democratic primary is likely to win the general election as well.