Tomorrow is Election Day!
The race we've been following most fanatically here is the Watertown city mayoral race. It features Councilman Jeff Smith against four-time incumbent Mayor Jeff Graham.
Here are a few tidbits from that race, to be updated over the next two days, on that race and on others:
Smith gets bricklayer nod
Mr. Smith won the endorsement of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, a union representing between 25 and 30 city residents. The union will call its members and urge them to support Mr. Smith.
Graham's campaign blog goes silent
Much has been made of Mr. Graham's blogging proclivities. One of them — the tamer one with campaign-related materiel — is going silent.
"In fact, on this blog there is nothing more to be said, other than a sincere and heartfelt thank you to those who have supported me and helped me," Mr. Graham writes.
Mr. Graham's campaign had $1,300 in bills to pay off. After a fundraiser, he had $700 left in campaign debt, according to his campaign blog.
Mr. Graham will hold an election-night party at his bar, Fort Pearl, at 557 Pearl St. Mr. Smith's party will be at the Savory Downtown.
Brian McGrath, a Democrat who ran for Assembly and lost to Ken Blankenbush, endorsed Mr. Graham for re-election. Mr. McGrath lives in Lewis County, and the Assembly distict he ran for does not include the city of Watertown, so take it for what it's worth.
Rupp v. Regan — Ritchie weighs in with $
State Sen. Patty Ritchie's campaign coffers doled out $2,000 smackaroonies to Republican Mary Lou Rupp's campaign for St. Lawrence County clerk on Oct. 27. Mrs. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, formerly held the position, and Mrs. Rupp was her longtime deputy. After Mrs. Ritchie was elected to the state Senate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Democrat Gavin Regan in March to replace her. Mr. Regan and Mrs. Rupp face off in an election tomorrow.
Lotta money in state Supreme Court races
Republican Michael Young, running for state Supreme Court in the Fifth Judicial District, took in $10,000 from Kathleen Young on Oct. 26, records show. He is from Lewis County.
Republican Prescott Klosner of Herkimer County took in $4,000 from the New York Republican State Committee.
Brotherly love: On Oct. 25, Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli's campaign committee lent $4,000 to Dave Magnarelli's state Supreme Court candidacy. Mr. Magnarelli is a Democrat from Onondaga County.
Lewis County Democrat Charles Merrell took in $3,000 from "EXCELISLOR 2000." A Google search was fruitless and it's got nothing but a P.O. box and a misspelled name. A Google search for Excelsior 2000, though, brought up this.
Republican James McClusky of Jefferson County took in $4,000 on Oct. 26 from the state Republican Party, and $15,000 from Joan McClusky on Nov. 7. Mrs. McClusky is Mr. McClusky's mother, according to Times archives.