The first of two primaries this summer will wrap up on Tuesday, June 28, as New York City voters help elect their respective party’s gubernatorial ticket, but also a number of candidates for Assembly seats.
Early voting in the primary began on June 18 and wrapped up on Sunday, with less than 90,000 voters casting their ballots across the Five Boroughs. If you didn’t vote in the primary, you’ll have one more chance to do so Tuesday, at your local polling site, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The primaries are open only to registered Democrats or Republicans. To find your local early voting polling site, visit findmypollsite.vote.nyc.
Tuesday’s primary is actually the first half of the party contests; the second half of the primary takes place on Aug. 23, when voters choose their respective party’s nominees for Congressional and state Senate district seats following the botched redistricting earlier this spring.
At the top of the June 28 ballot are the statewide races for governor and lieutenant governor, as the Democratic and Republican parties will choose their nominees to compete in the November general election.
On the Democratic side, incumbent Kathy Hochul is seeking her first, full term in office against two challengers: Queens/Long Island Congressman Tom Suozzi and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
Four Republican men are battling it out for the gubernatorial nomination: Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astarino, businessman Harry Wilson and Andrew Giuliani, son of the former mayor and current Trump counsel Rudy Giuliani.
In the lieutenant governor’s race, the Democratic incumbent, Antonio Delgado — who only took office this month after being appointed to succeed the scandal-scarred former Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin — will face former Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna and progressive activist Ana Maria Archila for the party’s nominee.
On the Republican side, there’s no lieutenant governor contest, as NYPD Deputy Inspector Alison Esposito is the party’s unopposed nominee for the office.
Neither state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli nor Attorney General Letitia James are on the primary ballots, as they’ve both been automatically renominated for their positions without challengers. No Republican primaries are being held for either office.
All of the districts have been altered due to redistricting plans approved earlier this year. But the new district lines are only valid for this year’s elections, as a court ruling last week mandated that the state legislature redraw the Assembly districts for the 2024 elections.
The Democratic primary ballots will also include a number of races for county committee and judicial slots. Some races may ask you to pick more than one candidate; please take note of the instructions on the ballot and follow them.
And don’t forget to make plans to vote on Aug. 23, which is the primary for Congressional and state Senate seats.