Local, State Primaries Open to Party Voters Thursday

**SNEAK PEEK**

By Allison Collins

New York State primaries will take place next Thursday, Sept. 13, for party-registered voters. This is a change from the typical Tuesday primaries, to allow for Sept. 11 memorials.

The general election is scheduled for Nov. 6.

Local Republicans will vote in primary races for Otsego County Sheriff and the New York State Assembly.

Longtime Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R – Bainbridge, announced in early April that he hopes to start his 13th term this November. Though Crouch has enjoyed many election years uncontested, Binghamton’s Nicholas Libous, son of late New York State Sen. Tom Libous, declared his candidacy for the 122nd District seat in late May.

Crouch has received widespread support from fellow area Republicans, including New York State Sen. James Seward, R – Milford, and Sen. Fred Akshar, R – Afton.

In Otsego County, Republicans must choose between sheriff hopefuls former New York State Trooper Robert Fernandez and incumbent Richard Devlin Jr. Devlin was elected in 2006.

The race for sheriff is contentious, with Fernandez alleging Devlin’s involvement in the investigation of his son, onetime corrections officer Ros Devlin, as untoward.

In January 2017, Ros Devlin was accused of threatening to harm himself and “shoot up” area schools while working at the Otsego County Jail in Cooperstown.

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