- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse Common Council member Pamela Hunter has won the Democratic primary to run for the state Assembly seat vacated this year by Sam Roberts.

Unofficial results from Thursday’s election showed her defeating Council President Jean Kessner and ex-Legislator David Stott.

Roberts, a Democrat who was in his third two-year term, now heads New York’s Office of Temporary Assistance and Disability. He was nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The 128th Assembly district includes parts of Syracuse and surrounding towns.

The annual salary is $79,500 for what is considered part-time work, with increases for committee chairmanships.

The Legislature generally meets several days a week in Albany from January through June.

Democrats hold a two-thirds Assembly majority.

Attorney John Sharon, a Republican, is also running for the seat.

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