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New York state sets 2020 presidential primary for April 28


New York state’s 2020 presidential primary was set for April 28 – and Gov. Cuomo wants all of next year’s primaries on the same day.

Cuomo signed legislation Friday setting the date for the presidential primary and called on Albany lawmakers to pass a bill next year moving up the June 23rd congressional and state primaries so they’re held with the presidential contest in April.

“Having two primary elections, roughly eight weeks apart, will reduce voter participation and cost taxpayers an additional $20 million,” Cuomo wrote in his response to the bill he signed. “In addition, managing two separate elections will also burden an already troubled Board of Elections system. The State of New York is stronger when all New Yorkers participate in its democratic system, and a consolidation of all primaries is the only way to achieve that goal.”

The guv pushed to move up the presidential primary to February, so New York’s would be within weeks of the critical Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.

But he said last week that wasn’t viable because New York could lose delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

“Although I believe that New Yorkers would be better served, and more empowered, by a presidential primary occurring earlier in the year, I recognize that certain national political realities prevent the state legislature from passing legislation to accomplish that goal,” Cuomo wrote.