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Six Democrats are competing in the 109th Assembly primary

As the six Democratic candidates vying for the 109th Assembly seat prepare for Friday night’s debate, Assemblywoman Pat Fahy — who is leaving her post of 12 years to run for Senate — has endorsed Ginnie Farrell to replace her. to replace.

Fahy announced Thursday that she will vote for Farrell in the upcoming New York primary on June 25. Early voting begins on Saturday.

Farrell, 49, worked for Fahy’s office and helped the outgoing MP first get elected in 2012.

“I think she is the most experienced and can hit the ground running,” Fahy said exclusively Spectrum news 1. “I think she has the most substantive background and the most experience working side by side with myself and (Assemblyman) John McDonald.”

Farrell is the majority leader of Albany’s Common Council and works on environmental conservation bills for the state Assembly under the leadership of Environmental Conservation Committee Chairwoman Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and served for many years on Albany’s Board of Education.

“I know Ginnie can pick up those bills and knows how to handle them,” Fahy said. “I am friends with all the candidates and I will work with whoever replaces me because there is so much work to do in the Legislature and the 109th District.”

The 109th Assembly District represents the city of Albany and the surrounding suburbs of Slingerlands and New Scotland.

If elected, Farrell said she will focus on the state’s climate goals, education and affordable housing.

“No one in the race has the same experience as me in local elected office or in direct policy work in the Assembly – that is the main thing that sets me apart,” she said. “I do this because I care and I want to make a difference because I care. And I’ve been doing that for a long time and I’ve been able to make some positive changes.”

But it will ultimately be up to registered Democratic voters to select the candidate who will advance to the Nov. 5 general election. All six candidates will participate in an hour-long live debate beginning Friday at 7 p.m. on Spectrum News stations statewide.

The nominee will face Alicia Purdy, who ran for mayor of Albany in 2021, on the Republican and Conservative tickets.

The field is crowded but has no strangers, as all six candidates currently serve as city or county legislators in Albany and will be familiar to voters.

Albany County Legislator Dustin Reidy’s position on criminal justice policy sets him apart from the other candidates.

He wants to tweak the state’s Raise the Age policy and bail reform laws to give judges additional discretion and improve public safety, which he says will strengthen New York’s economy.

“We can fight for equal justice for all and we can keep our streets safe at the same time,” said Reidy, 44. “We have to do both and that is what I plan to do in the Assembly.”

Reidy’s stance on criminal justice policy has angered several of his opponents, who oppose further rollbacks of bail reforms following the Legislature’s recent tweaks to expand judicial discretion.

Candidate Gabriella Romero, 31, is a public defender and member of the Albany Common Council, which represents Albany’s 6th Ward. Her campaign focused on affordability issues such as housing, child care and education.

She argues that recent changes in bail reform have given judges the power to impose non-monetary conditions on New Yorkers accused of a crime.

“The 109th Precinct is looking for a fighter,” Romero said. “They’re looking for someone they know they can trust, who will stand up for them at a conference behind closed doors and stand up for them in a way that prioritizes working families, that prioritizes people over profit and the needs of our district. .”

Albany Councilmember candidate Owusu Anane, 35, has also spoken out on police reform and affordability. The special education teacher is the son of immigrants from Ghana and has served on the council for six years.

The owner of the former Partridge Pub said he will fight for a universal after-school program, aid to local governments and tax cuts.

“At the Capitol, we’re going to intensely advocate for the issues we care about, whether it’s affordable housing, education and making our neighborhoods safe, no matter where you live or what zip code you come from,” Anane said.

Andrew Joyce, former chairman of the Albany County Legislature, is the only veteran in the race. Joyce, 42, is a major in the U.S. Army National Guard and is serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Joyce wants to focus on the flow of illegal guns from other states after a recent wave of gun violence in the city of Albany and harsher consequences for young people who commit crimes.

“It’s also a good mitigating factor, especially if you’re dealing with gang violence, if you get caught with a gun, spend a few nights in jail, cool off and deal with it that way,” Joyce said.

Sixth candidate Jack Flynn was not available for an interview but is a current member of the Albany Common Council and former chairman of the Albany County Democratic Committee.

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