Albany, Rochester, and Buffalo: Just like Bill de Blasio, Mayors in three of the state’s largest cities cruised to victory. Byron Brown in Buffalo, Kathy Sheehan in Albany, and Rochester’s Lovely Warren all won solid victories in Democratic primaries.
Syracuse: Juanita Perez Williams, a former Cuomo staffer, won the Democratic primary for Mayor of Syracuse. If she wins in November, she’ll be the first Latina Mayor of the city. Importantly for state politics, Perez Williams is expected to be a Cuomo ally, unlike the current Mayor, Stephanie Miner, who has a strained relationship with the governor.
The New York suburbs
Westchester: State Senator George Latimer won a solid victory in the Democratic primary to take on County Executive Rob Astorino. Astorino ran against Cuomo in 2014 and has talked about running next year so Cuomo has made his defeat a priority.
Nassau: In another race important to control of state government, Laura Curran crushed her Democratic primary for County Executive. She faces former State Senator Jack Martins and the winner will almost instantly become a force in state politics.
Suffolk: State Senator Phil Boyle surprisingly lost his bid to become the Republican nominee for County Sheriff, falling to a political newcomer. While Boyle says he might still run for Sheriff as a Democrat (the Democratic County leadership would have to give him permission), State Republicans are breathing a momentary sigh of relief since they might not have to fight a special election for his swing Senate seat.