New mayors elected in Albany and Binghamton

ALBANY (AP) – Voters in Albany elected their first new mayor in 20 years as Treasurer Kathy Sheehan, a Democrat, beat Jesse Calhoun, a Republican, on Tuesday night.

The race to replace Mayor Jerry Jennings, who had occupied the office for two decades, was one of several notable mayoral contests in the state.

Rochester elected its first female mayor by making current City Council President Lovely Warren the next mayor. Warren, a lawyer who serves as chief of staff for state Assemblyman David Gantt, scored an upset victory over Mayor Thomas Richards in the Democratic primary in September.

Richards was on the ballot on the Working Families and Independence lines but supported Warren.

In Binghamton, Republican Rich David, a businessman and former deputy mayor, narrowly defeated Democrat Teri Rennia to win the open seat there. Current Mayor Matt Ryan is leaving after two terms in the office. Rennia is the City Council president and has served on the council since 2005.

In Syracuse, Mayor Stephanie Miner won a second term in a year in which she gained statewide attention for criticism aimed at fellow Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Miner, an outspoken former labor lawyer, faced no Republican opponent. She became a spokeswoman for the financial pressures facing cities after calling Cuomo’s proposals to help localities insufficient and described his proposal to tame pension costs as an “accounting gimmick.”