Three to vie for open board seat

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Three candidates will vie for one open seat on the City School District of Albany Board of Education in this year’s board election, which will be conducted entirely by absentee ballot along with the budget vote due to COVID-19. 

Victor Cain, Hassan Elminyawi and Edith Leet submitted petitions to run for the board seat in advance of the May 11 filing deadline. The board appointed Elminyawi last summer to fill a vacancy and the term expires June 30. 

Governor Cuomo has directed that all school voting will be done entirely by mail this year due to COVID-19. The district will mail absentee ballots to all qualified voters in the city May 26. Completed ballots will be due back to the district June 9 by 5 p.m., when the district will begin the process of counting the votes to determine the results.