2018-05-23 / Front Page

Election 2018 Is Officially Getting Underway

BY RICHARD GENTILVISO

New York will hold elections for governor and lieutenant governor in 2018 and state party conventions for both the Democratic and Republican committees are taking place on the same days this month, May 23 and May 24, to nominate candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller.

The Democrats two-day convention is at Hofstra University on Long Island with sessions starting at 10:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. at 245 Hofstra Northern Boulevard in Hempstead both days.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is running for his third term and actress Cynthia Nixon has also announced her intention to run, while former Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner has said she is “seriously considering” her candidacy.

For Lieutenant Governor, the incumbent Kathy Hochul is running again with Governor Cuomo and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams has announced his intention run as well.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, amid allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse, resigned on May 8 and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James has announced she is running for Attorney General. Thomas DiNapoli, is the incumbent Comptroller.

The Republicans are holding their two-day convention at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan at 141 W. 54th Street. Dutchess County executive Marcus Molinaro has announced his intention to run for governor for the Republicans, while former Buffalo School Board member Carl Palladino is a potential candidate.

State senator John DeFrancisco and state assemblyman Brian Kolb have both withdrawn their candidacies and former Westchester County executive Rob Astorino has declined to run.

No Republican candidates have filed as yet for Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General or Comptroller. The candidate filing deadline is July 12.

The Democrats and Republicans will hold closed primaries on September 13 and the general election will be held on November 6, 2018. In addition to the primaries for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, there will be primaries for the New York legislature on September 13 too.

There are nine contested state legislative districts for the 2018 election, according to Ballotpedia. They are as follows: Senate Districts 11, 13, 17, 20, 23, 31, 34, 38, and 53. Districts 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 23, 31, and 34 are noteworthy because they are all New York City districts and two are in Queens.

In Queens, the incumbents Tony Avella (D-11) and Jose Peralta (D-13) will face primary challenges. John Duane is running on the Working Families Party line in a run for Avella’s seat, while Peralta likely faces dual challenges in the September Democratic Primary from Jessica Ramos and Tasheen Chowdhury.

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