TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Several races are happening across the Capital Region. You can vote only at your designated polling place.
If you need to find your polling location you can look it up on the New York State Board of Elections website. After you input your information, you will also find a sample ballot so you can see the positions you’ll be voting for ahead of time. There are several big races occurring including Troy’s mayoral race.
It’s a historic day in Rensselaer as for the first time, no matter who wins, the next mayor will be a woman. City council president Carmella Mantello is running on the Republican ticket. She’s being challenged by Nina Nichols, who is currently in the Rensselaer County legislature.
Current mayor Patrick Madden is not eligible for reelection because of term limits.
Both candidates cite public safety as a major issue facing Troy residents. Carmella Mantello is running on a platform of public safety through community policing.
One of Nichol’s biggest priorities if elected would be to fully staff the city’s code enforcement department. She also wants to crack down on absentee landlords and make sure rental properties are safe.
In Schenectady, Mayor and Democrat Gary McCarthy is trying for a fourth term. While he’s been part of the revitalization of downtown, he says the most important issue the city currently faces is distressed properties. The incumbent mayor says people are not upkeeping their buildings. He also wants to change how code enforcement records are kept.
Matt Nelligan on the other hand is running as the republican candidate. He wants to focus more on neighborhood improvement and crime management.
Ed Varno is running under the Working Families Party. Varno, a former city firefighter, threw his hat into the ring after hearing residents cite neighborhood decline as their primary concern.
Polls close at 9 p.m. today.