The Albany Sheriff is running in the NYS Senate after a failed trial of Andrew Cuomo

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, who unsuccessfully pursued a case against the disgraced ex-governor. Andrew Cuomo, earlier this year, is now running for state Senate.

“I’m a law and order guy. I’m obviously not happy about the bail reform, but there are other things like high taxes, inflation and small business relief,” Apple, who hails from the capital region, told The Post on Thursday.

The longtime attorney is running as a Democrat in the June 28 primary for the state’s newly drawn 43rd Senate district, which includes Rensselaer County — where Apple has a second home — and parts of Washington and Albany counties.

He also has a home in the town of Colonie, a suburb of Albany, and his wife owns and operates a small business, Kurver Kreme, in Albany.

Apple, who was elected to his current post in 2011, could benefit from the publicity he received while prosecuting a misdemeanor case against Cuomo on behalf of state official Brittany Commisso.

Commisso claimed the ex-cop grabbed her left breast during workday at the governor’s mansion on Dec. 7, 2020 — one of several allegations of sexual misconduct by multiple women that led to Cuomo’s resignation last year.

Andrew Cuomo
Apple pursued the misdemeanor case against Cuomo on behalf of Brittany Commisso.
Stephen Yang

But Albany City Judge Holly Trexler dismissed the violent touching charges against Cuomo in January after Albany District Attorney David Soares announced he would not be prosecuting Cuomo.

Apple told the Post on Friday, “I did my job. I did exactly what people chose me to do. I couldn’t just focus on it because of the person that person was. I can lay my head on my pillow every night and not be distracted or put off by these people.”

He plans to officially announce his candidacy, first reported by the Times Union on Wednesday, this weekend once the new borough maps are finalized, and his campaign is in the process of setting up a new account with the state Elections Board.

Craig D. Apple, Albany County Sheriff
Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple speaks during a news conference about new grievance allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, August 7, 2021.
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“Pro – #CowboySheriff will no longer be able to abuse his role as law enforcement for political ends. Con – you want THIS GUY to write laws?” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi tweeted Wednesday.

Rensselaer Democrat Andrea Smyth, CEO and president of the New York State Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health, told the Post she has already received her county party’s support in the Democratic state Senate primary.

“I’m not discouraged by the sheriff’s recent announcement that he’s running because of the newly drawn county lines,” Smuth, who narrowly lost a county commissioner election in 2017, told the Post.

Craig D. Apple, Albany County Sheriff
The law-and-order sheriff isn’t happy about bail-reform issues.

It remains unclear whether other Democrats will enter the primary following the release of new lines of legislation by court-appointed special champion Jonathan Cervas earlier this week.

Rep. Jake Ashby (R-Castleton) has announced his own campaign as GOP nominee for November’s seat election, which could determine whether Democrats retain their majority in the state Senate. The Albany Sheriff is running in the NYS Senate after a failed trial of Andrew Cuomo


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