Five-Way Race In 17th Congressional District Republican Primary

On August 23, 2022, the state of New York will hold primaries in congressional races and State Senate races, as well as special elections in two vacant congressional districts. Accordingly, Albany Update is profiling key primary elections in various areas of the state. This week, Albany Update will profile the upcoming Democratic and Republican primaries in New York’s newly-drawn 17th congressional district (NY-17). This district includes Putnam County, Rockland County, and parts of Dutchess and Westchester Counties. To view a map of the district, please click here.

The five Republicans seeking to represent NY-17 are Shoshana David, Charles Falciglia, William Faulkner, Asm. Michael Lawler, and Jack Schrepel.

According to his campaign website, Charles Falciglia is a retired bank manager and bank security officer from Suffern, New York. Falciglia is currently serving his second term as a member of the Rockland County Legislature. His website denounces government corruption and excessive partisanship, and he supports Social Security restructuring and a tax on campaign contributions.

William Faulkner’s campaign website indicates that he has a corporate background and currently owns and operates flight schools. He resides in Somers, New York, where he has served as a town councilmember for nine years. His website emphasizes his support for law enforcement and school choice.

Asm. Michael Lawler is in his first term as a member of the New York State Assembly. He represents Assembly District 97 in southern Rockland County, and he resides in Pearl River. According to his campaign website, Asm. Lawler previously worked as executive director of the New York State Republican Party and as a top aide to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, and he also founded his own public relations firm. During his Assembly tenure, Asm. Lawler has voted against the abortion-expanding Equality Amendment, the pregnancy center report law, the July 22 gun control law, and the legislation of marijuana, and has voted for the repeal of the state’s ban on loitering for purposes of prostitution, the Gender Recognition Act, and a ban on discrimination based upon immigration status. His website states his support for parental rights and school choice and his opposition to cashless bail.

Jack Schrepel is an advertising executive from Orange County. He has stated that the abortion issue should be decided on the national level at a referendum in which only female voters would participate.

Candidates Falciglia, Faulkner, Asm. Lawler, and Schrepel all support energy independence, border security, decreased government spending, and the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Albany Update was unable to unearth information on Shoshana David.

The winner of the Republican primary in NY-17 will face either Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) or State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Pelham) in the November general election.