2008_08_shelsil.jpgThe NY Times doled out a few endorsements for Albany-related primaries. The Times endorsed former Schumer aide and "enthusiastic new outsider" Daniel Squadron for incumbent State Senator Martin Connor's 25th District seat and endorsed incumbent Assemblyman Adriano Esapaillat for his 72nd Assembly District over challenger City Councilman Miguel Martinez.

However, the biggest endorsement is for Assembly District 64--home of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver--and the Times throws its support behind challenger Paul Newell. Acknowledging it's an "uphill battle" to beat Silver, the Times says, "Mr. Newell has done a better job of identifying Mr. Silver’s weaknesses: mainly, his devotion to closed-door politics, including his refusal to disclose details about his outside income. Mr. Newell is also pledging to support congestion pricing and to press for a nonpartisan redistricting commission, which is essential for real change." Silver, famously, killed congestion pricing.

More thoughts about primaries from Gotham Gazette and here are the primary candidates for the Assembly and Senate (PDF). Don't know what Assembly or State Senate District you're in? Here's an Assembly member look-up and State Senate district map.