Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple plans run for state Senate

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ALBANY – Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple is planning to run for the brand new state forty third Senate District, which was simply created underneath maps drawn by a court-appointed particular grasp.

Apple, who has served because the county’s sheriff since 2011, mentioned that if the brand new strains are finalized, he’ll formally announce a run within the coming days. He mentioned he would stay sheriff whereas he campaigns.

“I’ve accomplished this for a very long time, and I’ve been considerably essential of our Legislature at instances,” he mentioned. “I can’t sit right here and throw rocks at them if I’m not keen to go and try to work with them.”

On Monday, a draft political boundary map drawn by “particular grasp” Jonathan Cervas, a political scientist at Carnegie Mellon, have been launched and upended the state’s political scene.

Cervas was appointed by a state Supreme Courtroom justice in Steuben County to attract the ultimate maps after political strains accredited by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature, and signed into legislation by Gov. Kathy Hochul in February, have been struck down by New York’s highest court docket as a result of, partially, the court docket dominated they have been illegally drawn with partisan affect.

The maps are scheduled to be finalized Friday, based on a court docket order.

The brand new proposed forty third District contains Colonie, the place Apple lives, all of Rensselaer County and components of Washington County. Apple additionally has a house in Rensselaer County.

The forty third Senate District is at the moment represented by Republican state Senator Daphne Jordan, who lives in Halfmoon. That city isn’t a part of the brand new district.

Apple mentioned he plans to run as a reasonable Democrat and pointed to his report of making packages designed to assist these combating psychological sickness and habit.

A member of the county sheriff division since 1997, he gained statewide notoriety final October when he filed a misdemeanor criticism on the cost of forcible touching towards former governor Andrew M. Cuomo after a former aide accused him of fondling her.

It was the one prison cost filed towards the previous governor who resigned in August 2021 within the face of a number of scandals together with a number of girls accusing him of inappropriate habits.

Apple mentioned on the time he had “overwhelming proof,” however in January Albany County District Legal professional David Soares requested a choose to dismiss the criticism. On the time Soares mentioned he discovered the allegation towards Cuomo credible however didn’t imagine he would be capable of show the case at trial.

In response, Cuomo and his associates solid Apple as a “cowboy sheriff” and have accused him of harboring outdated grudges. 

In contrast to his a number of phrases as county sheriff, Apple won’t be working unopposed if he goes for the state Senate seat.

Democrat Andrea Smyth, who ran for Rensselaer County government in 2017, has already introduced she is working for the seat. Different Democrats throughout the new district have been approached or thought of a run, however none have publicly introduced one.

Republican State Assemblymember Jake Ashby mentioned earlier this week he was additionally working for the forty third District.

However irrespective of his opponents, Apple will begin with an infinite fundraising lead. In 2019, the Instances Union reported he had the most important marketing campaign coffer of any sheriff in New York. That account has solely grown within the three years since then as Apple reported $586,450 in his marketing campaign account, based on the most recent filings with the state Board of Elections.

Political maps are redrawn each decade after the U.S. Census is launched, accounting for adjusted inhabitants shifts.

Whereas the newly proposed Congressional districts within the state have drawn probably the most consideration, the brand new maps have additionally remodeled the state Senate.

In a number of of the proposed districts, incumbent state senators would now be pitted towards each other, together with state. Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, and state Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Bethlehem.

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