This Week in Albany

Week ending June 28, 2019

Primary Elections

State and local government primary elections were held throughout the state this week. CSEA endorsed candidates in several races and were successful in most.

Of particular interest, current CSEA members and activists Michael Sheehan (Wappinger Highway Superintendent) and Stephen Bedetti (New Windsor Town Council) were both victorious in their races.

Other races of note include:

In Western New York, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello won the Republican Primary for the 57th State Senate District, which was vacated by Senator Catharine Young earlier this year. Borrello will face Democrat Austin Morgan in November.

In Rockland County, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-New City) lost his primary for Rockland District Attorney to Thomas Walsh.

In Queens, public defender Tiffany Cabán appeared to defeat Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in the race for district attorney. Cabán declared victory, but there are still outstanding ballots to be counted.

Democratic Presidential Debate

The first debate between Democratic candidates for president took place this week in Miami. With 20 candidates having qualified, the debate was held over two nights with 10 candidates each night.

Two New Yorkers – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are among the candidates vying for the chance to face off against President Trump, who has declared that he is running for re-election.

Looking Ahead

Try not to panic when you don’t see “This Week in Albany” in your inbox next Friday.

We are moving to our summer schedule, which will bring you our email every other week instead of every Friday. We will continue to provide updates on important legislative and political developments, just on a more relaxed schedule.

Thank you for your activism and engagement during the 2019 state legislative session, and for your continued support of “This Week in Albany.”