Usually, party primaries in New York State are ho-hum affairs, but, this year offers a plethora of various primaries for various offices in various parties.
The major party conventions may have been held in May, but the standard bearers of the major parties are having primary challenges to their candidacies.
Office of the Governor
Editor's note: As of August 11, 2010, there will be no Democratic primary for the office of Governor. Art Luse's name is off the ballot, leaving Rick Lazio and Carl Palladino as the GOP Primary Candidates.
Office of Lieutenant Governor
Republican designee Gregory J. Edwards is being challenged by Thomas V. Ognibene.
Office of State Comptroller
The (appointed) incumbent Thomas DiNapoli is being challenged by Rosemarie Montague in the Democratic Primary.
Office of State Attorney General
There is a crowded field of candidates who either have filed designating petitions or were given the green light by the Democratic party convention to have their names placed on the primary ballot. They include - Kathleen M Rice, Eric R DiNallo, Eric T. Schneiderman, State Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, Sean Coffey.
Editor's Note: As of August 11, the names of Ruth M. Pollack and Bill Jurow have been removed, leaving five contenders: Kathleen M. Rice, Eric R. DiNallo, Eric T. Schneiderman, Richard Brodsky and Sean Coffey.
Office of US Senator
Editor's Note: As of August 11, Joseph Huff has been removed, leaving incumbent Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Gail Goode on the September 14 ballot.
Office of US Senator (full term)
Office of NY State Senator - 40th SD
There is a Conservative Party 'Opportunity to Ballot' write-in primary. Mary Beth Murphy's name will be on the ballot, but those wishing to vote for Greg Ball (or anyone else for that matter) may write-in their desired candidate's name.
The 40th NYS Senate district comprises the Westchester towns of Cortlandt, Yorktown, Somers, North Salem, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, Bedford, Mount Kisco and the City of Peekskill; All of Putnam County; And the Dutchess County towns of Amenia, Beekman, Dover, Milan, North East, Pawling and Pine Plains.
Office of Member of US Congress- 19th Congressional District
Office of Member of NY State Assembly - 99th AD.
The 99th NYS Assembly district comprises the towns of Yorktown, Somers, North Salem, Southeast, Carmel, Patterson and Pawling.
These names can be found on the NYS Board of Elections website under the sub-heading of 2010 Petitions received as of the state's filing deadline of July 15, 2010. Please note that there may be some deletions between now and Primary Day, as there may be challenges to designating petitions.
Also, it is very important to know that Only enrolled members of a party may vote in a party primary.
For new voters wishing to register and enroll for the first time, voter registration applications must be postmarked by August 20 and received by a county Board of Elections not later than August 25 to be eligible to vote in the primary election.