After the intensity of the 2016 elections, New York voters may not be ready to go to the polls again. However, whether we are ready or not, this year’s primary elections are coming up Tuesday, September 12.
This year’s elections do not include races for federal offices, statewide offices, or positions in the State Legislature. However, offices to be filled include various county executive positions; county judgeships; mayoral positions; seats on county legislatures, city councils, and town boards; and other local offices.
The most talked-about race on the ballot this year is the race for Mayor of New York City. Incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-Brooklyn) is running for a second term; the Mayor is being challenged in the Democratic primary by former City Councilmember Sal Albanese (D-Brooklyn).
In Queens, former State Sen. Hiram Monserrate is seeking a seat on the New York City Council. Monserrate was expelled from the Senate in 2010 following a misdemeanor conviction; later, he pleaded guilty to unrelated corruption charges and spent time in prison. Monserrate is facing off in a Democratic primary against Asm. Francisco Moya. In the Bronx, eight candidates are running in the Democratic primary in New York City Council District 18. Those candidates are: Michael Beltzer; Eisley Constantine; State Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr.; Amanda Farias; Elvin Garcia; Carl L Lundgren; William R Moore; and John Perez. The race in District 18 is notable because of the wide gap between the political positions of candidates like Amanda Farias (a past supporter of the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders) and Elvin Garcia (an openly homosexual staffer to Mayor de Blasio) and Sen. Diaz, an outspoken pro-life, pro-family state legislator.
If you are a member of a political party, please contact your county Board of Elections today to find out if your party is holding primary elections Tuesday, September 12. If it is, please make sure to get out and vote!