New York State’s Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 9 from Noon to 9 PM. There will be two state-wide races–the race to see who registered Democrats will choose to be their candidate for Governor, and the race to see who they will chose to be their candidate for Lieutenant Governor. The winners of those two races will form a team who will run against seven other candidates to determine who will be our next governor. Here is what the ballot looks like in Yates County (and probably other counties):
We need to be clear–only DEMOCRATS will have the opportunity to vote in this Governor/Lt. Governor Race. (Some States permit voters to “crossover” from one party to another to vote in a Primary Elections, but not New York.)
There are a smattering of Democratic or Republican county, town, city, or village primary races across the NY 23rd. For Example in Yates County the Town of Jerusalem has two republican candidates running for a spot on their Town Board. You could check your County’s Board of Elections to get a list of the primary races in your county.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is running on his record of:
- Putting us on the road to universal pre-K (increasing funding and graduation rates, improving performance)
- Capping property taxes and reducing the middle income tax rate
- Protecting our kids (by requiring universal background checks for guns)
- Bringing mariage equality to same-sex couples
- Helping businesses (create 480, new private sector jobs since 2011)
- Raising the minimum wage
In the next four years he plans to:
- Pass the 10-point Women’s Equality Act
- Pass a DREAM Act for New York
- Continue to wok on improving our schools
- Help New York businesses create more good paying jobs
- Freeze, then lower property taxes
—-from “We’re making gridlock a thing of the past” flyer
Web site: http://andrewcuomo.com
Zephyr Teachout, who is also running for governor, is a constitutional law professor at Fordham University, and a political organizer. On her campaign website she writes, “We will force Governor Cuomo to defend his record of deep education cuts, his tax cuts for banks and billionaires, his refusal to ban fracking and his failure to lead on the Dream Act. He has also failed to deliver on his core campaign promise from four years ago: cleaning up Albany.”
Her website’s “About” section tells more about Teachout’s background and goals. An article, Five Ways in which Zephyr Teachout differs from Andrew Cuomo will also give you ideas about where she stands on the issues. She has been received endorsements from The New York Times, National Organization of Women (NOW) and Gasline Director Josh Fox, among others.
Link to an earlier NY 23rd article about Zephyr Teachout.
Randy Credico is a professional comedian and a political activist. His main focus of activism is fighting the harsh Rockefeller Drug Laws. In 2013 he ran for the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City and lost. Credico then became the nominee of the Tax Wall Street party for that race. He received 690 votes.
His platform includes: Raise the Minimum Wage to $15. Medicare for all, Legalize Marijuana, Close Indian Point Nuclear Facility and to eliminate Subway, Bridge, and Toll Road fares. Find out more about Credico at his website, which includes view some creative political ads, including ones having Popeye and Lou Lou Grehrig endorse him.
The second race in the state-wide Democratic Primary is that of Lieutenant Governor. Former Erie County Clerk and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul is the announced “running mate” of Governor Cuomo, and Columbia University Law Professor, Timothy Wu is the announced “running mate” of Zephyr Teachout. Although they are the announced running mates, the voters choose who will be the Lt. Governor Democratic Candidate. Hochul and Wu are not officially tethered with any gubernatorial candidate. A vote for Cuomo is not a vote for Hochul. A vote for Teachout is not a vote for Wu. (Yes, we could have a Cuomo-Wu or a Teachout-Hochul team on the ballot in the November election.)
Randy Credico has no announced running mate.
Kathy Hochul became known outside of Erie County when she won a special Congressional election to be replace Rep. Chris Lee as the representative for the NY 26 district in 2011. She was the first democrat to represent her district in 40 years.
The website GovTrack. us reported that “Hochul was a centralist Democratic” based on the 51 bills that she co-sponsored. It needs to be noted that Hochul sided with the Republicans by voting to finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress relating to “fast and furious”. Because of that vote, she is one of a few democrats who received a high rating from the NRA. She opposed the free trade agreements that were under consideration, and favored raising taxes on those earning $500,000. She also favored offering incentives to develop alternative energy.
In 2012, Hochul lost to Chis Collins, who is considered to be one of the two most conservative representatives from New York.
Tim Wu, presently a Columbia Law Professor teaching classes about Copyrights, Communication Law & Policy, Anti-trust and other courses. He has been the Chairman of the Board of Free Press, the national, nonpartisan media reform organization. He coined the phrase “Net Neutraility”—the idea that the internet should be free from discrimination by network providers. He has academic and popular writings are about the Internet and Modern Communication. He also had been a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
He sees the position of Lt. Governor as “encompassing two main roles: advocacy for the public and policy entrepreneurship.” You can find out more about Mr. Wu from his campaign website, his Columbia University faculty page, or the New York Times endorsement of him.
It is a treat for Democrats in Yates County to be able to vote in a Primary Election. Usually important local races, such as District Attorney, are decided by Republicans during the Primary process. I realize that is not the case in every county in the district. The last Democratic Primary in Yates was between Nate Shinagawa, Leslie Danks Burke, and Melissa Dobson two years ago.
It is widely known that Primary elections do not draw a large number voters–many constituents do not feel that they are knowledgeable enough about the candidates to make an educated decision. This article was to give some basic information about the candidates with links to find more details about them. Get informed and vote–and try to get others to vote. It’s the American way.