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Voters give Albany city’s first female mayor

ALBANY – Democrat City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan won the race to replace longtime Albany incumbent Mayor Jerry Jennings, filling a post that has been occupied for two decades by the same person.

With 33 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Sheehan was leading by 84 percent Tuesday against Republican Jesse Calhoun.

With Sheehan’s victory, Albany will get its first new mayor in 20 years – and its first female mayor in this heavily Democratic city.

Sheehan is a former corporate lawyer who became treasurer in 2010.

Calhoun is a pre-school teacher.

Also on the ballot were Green Party candidate Theresa Portelli and Conservative Joseph Sullivan.

Jennings was the third elected mayor since 1941.

In other notable races around the state:

Syracuse – Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner won a second term in a year that she gained statewide attention for criticism aimed at fellow Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Miner, an outspoken former labor lawyer, faced no Republican opponent in this Democrat-heavy city.

New York Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer was elected as the New York City comptroller, the city’s chief financial officer, defeating a handful of other candidates.

BinghamtonRepublican Rich David won an open mayoral seat in Binghamton.

David won the race Tuesday against rival Democrat Teri Rennia.

Current Mayor Matt Ryan is leaving office after two terms in the office.

David is a businessman and a former deputy mayor. He won a three-way Republican primary in September and ran for mayor previously in 2009.

Rennia is the city council president and has served on the council since 2005. She owns and operates a business that services and repairs industrial equipment with her husband.

Rochester Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren has become the city’s first female mayor.

Warren won the mayoral election Tuesday night.

She scored an upset victory over Mayor Thomas Richards in a Democratic primary in September.

Republicans didn’t have a candidate on the ballot in this heavily Democratic city.

New York City Councilmember Letitia James was elected New York City’s public advocate.

Nassau County – Republican Edward Mangano successfully turned away a challenge from Democrat Thomas Suozzi in the race for Nassau County executive.

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