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New York unlikely to combine two primary elections next year despite push from Cuomo

2019-09-10

New Yorkers will likely have two primaries next year despite a recent push from Gov. Cuomo to combine elections that would otherwise be just a couple of months apart.

After speaking with state Sen. Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Tuesday morning, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said there’s no appetite within the Legislature to combine the presidential primary with another primary election for congressional and state seats.

“I have no indication from her or from my own conference that they want to make any changes to the election calendar,” Heastie said at an unrelated press conference in the Bronx. “So I’d say at this point the governor signs the present bill that establishes the April 28th presidential primary, and you will have the legislative and congressional primary in June.”

Cuomo said last week that the state should lump all three primary elections — presidential, congressional and those for Assembly and Senate seats — on the same day. State legislative primaries were already combined with congressional primaries and will be held June 23.

Scheduling state legislature primaries on the same day as next year’s presidential primary was seen as a way for Cuomo to help incumbents in the Assembly and Senate, but the governor said two separate elections would cost taxpayers another $20 million.

“We’re going to have two separate elections two months apart, and the state races … and congressional [races] are going to be after the presidential,” Cuomo said on WAMC Friday. “I mean, who votes in that second election, right? You just go to a presidential primary, and now I’m supposed to come out and vote two months later for my congresspeople and my Assembly and Senate?”

Cuomo had also reportedly considered vetoing the bill setting the presidential primary for April 28 and moving it up to February, after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

But last week on the radio the guv said scheduling the primary in February was “not a viable date politically” because New York could lose delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

A rep for Cuomo didn’t respond to a request for comment.