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Independent from well-known GOP family wins Syracuse mayoral race

Incumbent mayors won from Buffalo to New York City on Tuesday, except in Syracuse, where an independent candidate from a prominent Republican political family beat a Democrat who would have been the state's first Latina female mayor.

Due to term limits, two-term Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner couldn't run for a third term in Syracuse, setting up what became a neck-and-neck race between two former city officials: Democrat Juanita Perez Williams, a former city corporation counsel, against Independent candidate Ben Walsh, a former city economic development official.

Walsh's father, James Walsh, served as a U.S. congressman, and his grandfather, William Walsh, was both a congressman and Syracuse mayor.

Three other candidates were also in the race: Republican Laura Lavine, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, and Working Families candidate Joe Nicoletti.

Walsh won with more than 50 percent of the vote.

In other upstate races, Democratic incumbents in Rochester and Albany won their primary contests in September, leaving them with token opposition in Tuesday's general election contests, similar to what Mayor Byron W. Brown faced in Buffalo.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren easily won a second four-year term by beating Republican Tony Micciche and two minor-party candidates.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan also won a second term, beating three minor party candidates.

In Binghamton, Republican incumbent Richard David won a second term by defeating Democrat Tarik Abdelazim.

In New York City, Mayor Bill deBlasio won a second term, easily defeating Republican Nicole Malliotakis, a state assemblywoman from Staten Island.

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