New York primary is Tuesday

September 9, 2008 4:42:27 AM PDT
New York Democrats are seeking to build on power in Congress in Tuesday's primaries while Republicans are trying to strengthen their hold on the state Senate - the last GOP bastion in Albany. The races for Congress feature a five-way contest for the 21st district around Albany, a former MTV "Real World" cast member seeking a seat in Brooklyn against a 13-term incumbent, and a western New York race that pits an Iraq war veteran against a millionaire and a lawyer.

And then there's a longshot challenge that, if successful, could trump the others and shake up the state Legislature. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is facing two Democratic challengers for the party's nomination in the 64th Assembly District in lower Manhattan. Silver has held the seat since 1976 and been speaker since 1994.