Speaking of Assembly races, over here in the 116th, we should get a firm measure of who wants to run against Assemblywoman Addie Russell this weekend when Conservatives meet up north for dog and pony interviews for the Wilson Pakula.
Republicans Russ Finley and John Byrne are expected. Byrne was the candidate two years ago who almost unseated Ms. Russell, but in this Presidential year the incumbent's prospects are improving.
A staff shake up and the hiring of former Times employee Ryne Martin has turned media coverage sharply in her favor. In the last cycle there was such print antipathy to Ms. Russell they endorsed her opponent without any vetting.
The Conservative meeting is only advisory, as the state chair issues the W/P, ensuring access to the line unless an in party member circulates, thus forcing a primary. If both Finley and Byrne run, there would be a GOP primary and the Indy line will go to Byrne if he wants it.
Petitions are circulated starting in early June.
In increasingly purple NNY, I suspect Ms. Russell is fairly safe as long as she refrains from asserting in public that the prosecution of the former Speaker was a political witch hunt.