SPRINGVILLE—Voters will head to the polls next week for New York’s primary day. This year, the primary election will be on a Thursday, due to Rosh Hashanah and Patriot Day. Polls will be open Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
On the ballot will be candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and local offices. Thursday’s primary will feature local and state positions. Federal office primaries were June 26.
Perhaps the largest race on the ballot, incumbent Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon will battle for the Democratic ticket for New York’s governor.
Cuomo is running on his “proven leadership” over the last seven years.
“Governor Cuomo has shown that progressive politics does not mean irresponsible spending,” his campaign website says. “Every New Yorker’s tax rate is lower today than when Andrew Cuomo took office, the state has its highest credit rating in 40 years and unemployment is down in every region.”
Cuomo’s website also boasts his fighting to pass the DREAM Act, which gives legal status to young adults who illegally entered the country as children and allows them to apply for citizenship; his fight to protect the environment and combating income inequality as his “proven leadership”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former Vice President Joe Biden have endorsed Cuomo for re-election.
Nixon, an actress turned political activist, began her political career in 2010, when she helped create Fight Back New York, which aimed to remove Senators who opposed same-sex marriage. More progressive than Cuomo, Nixon endorses legalizing marijuana, the New York Health Act and creating a “fair” justice system.
“I’m running for Governor because we want our state back,” Nixon’s website reads. “We want our government to work again. We’re tired of the corruption and dysfunction in Albany, and we’re tired of politicians who campaign as Democrats but govern like Republicans.”
For the Republicans, Dutchess County executive Marc Molinaro is the only one running.
Larry Sharpe, libertarian; Stephanie Miner, independent and Howie Hawkins, Green Party, are also running.
Incumbent Kathy Hochul and Jumaane Williams will be on the ballot for the Lieutenant Governor. Hochul is “dedicated to public service,” according to her website and is running to keep New York “moving forward” by focusing on a strong economy, new jobs and higher wages.
Williams, a council member in the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, is the more progressive of the two candidates. Focusing on issues like women’s reproductive choices, criminal justice reform and LGBTQ+ rights, Williams is running alongside Nixon.
A four-way Democratic primary will be put to voters next week. Leecia Eve, Letitia James, Sean Patrick Maloney and Zephyr Teachout will all be on the ballot.
Michael Diederich Jr., Christopher B. Garvey and Nancy Sliwa will be on the ballot under the Reform party.
Also in the AG race are Keith Wofford, Republican and Conservative; Michael Sussman, Green Party; Vincent Messina Jr., Independent and Kenneth Schaeffer, Working Families.
Denny Menshel and Brian Gernatt are facing off for Collins Town Justice. Gernatt currently holds the seat, along with Water Cain.