From Buffalo to Long Island, there are some key local primaries to pay attention to on Tuesday.
Polls open at 6 a.m. in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie counties, and at noon everywhere else. Polls close at 9 p.m. statewide.
Here’s what to watch on Tuesday:
Big city mayoral races
While eyes in the Capital Region will be focused on the Democratic Albany mayoral primary, the state’s other big cities — all overwhelmingly Democratic like the capital — also have key Democratic primaries for mayor.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio faces his first re-election effort. The race was wide open in 2013, as Michael Bloomberg exited. This time around, this race has been more of a dud.
A July NY1/Baruch College poll showed de Blasio was far outpacing top Democratic challenger former City Councilman Sal Albanese (Democrats Robert Gangi, Richard Bashner and Mike Tolkin also are seeking the seat).
The winner’s top opponent in the general election will be Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, R-Staten Island. Bo Dietl, an ex-cop and media personality, also is still in the mix….
On Long Island…..
A nontraditional primary takes place in Nassau County on Tuesday, pitting two Democrats against each other.
As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, they are both running to replace Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who stands accused in a corruption probe.
Mangano claims he is innocent of federal corruption charges and will not be seeking reelection. The frustrated voters of Nassau County are sending strong signals to those seeking his seat.
“Truth – but I don’t know if that’s even possible,” one woman said.
“Don’t lie to us, don’t steal our money,” another man said. “That’s really about it.”
Two Democrats are now vying for the position.
“I’m clearly an outsider shaking the system up,” said Democratic candidate George Maragos.
Maragos is the county comptroller and has been in office for eight years. He is a relative newcomer to politics.
“I have been very independent as a legislator, and that’s something I will continue as county executive,” said candidate Laura Curran.
Curran, a county legislator, has been endorsed by the Nassau County Democratic chairman after party loyalists questioned Maragos’ decision to leave the Republican Party and become a Democrat.
“People would perceive a dual loyalty,” one voter said.
“Life experiences that we all go through changes us,” Maragos countered. “And we should evolve.”
Curran — a mother of three from Baldwin, a former newspaper reporter, and a school board member – has outraised her opponent 15-1 and garnered endorsements….