ALBANY COUNTY — Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy beat his challenger in September’s Democratic primary with 60 percent of the vote. In the weeks before the Nov. 3 general election, he is urging county residents to vote, just vote — no matter for whom.

ALBANY COUNTY — As a newcomer to politics and a native to the Hilltowns, Christopher Smith is proud of spending his life in the rural community of East Berne and Warners Lake.

At 34, he now has a family and three businesses, one of them the large restaurant Maple on the Lake.

ALBANY COUNTY — Craig Apple is running unopposed for county sheriff, a post he has held since June 2011 when his predecessor, James Campbell, suddenly resigned after 21 years at the helm.

ALBANY COUNTY — Claiming a legislative seat for an expansive rural area, Republican Deborah Busch is laying out pointed remarks for her Democratic colleagues while continuing to sound the mantra of no tax increases that she rode into the legislature in 2011.

“The charter would leave it up to the legislators to determine how large the legislature should be and that’s like putting the wolves in charge of the hen house,” Grimm said.