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Updated: NY State Primary Primer

This September 14's Primary elections offer a host of party primaries for various state offices in various parties

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

Republican designee Rick A. Lazio is being challenged by wealthy businessman Carl Paladino.

Conservative Party designee Rick A. Lazio is being challenged by Ralph C. Lorigo.

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  

(unexpired term of former Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton), the appointed incumbent Kirsten E. Gillibrand is being challenged by NYC attorney Gail Goode in the Democratic Primary.

The Republican designee Bruce Blakeman is being challenged by David Malpass and former Congressman Joseph DioGuardi.  

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)

Incumbent Charles Schumer is being challenged by Randy Credico in the Democratic Primary.

The Republican Party designee Jay Townsend is being challenged by Gary Bernsten.  

Office of NY State Senator - 40th SD

There is a Republican Party Primary between Mary Beth Murphy and Greg Ball.

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

The Republican Primary is between Nan Hayworth and Neil A. DiCarlo

Office of Member of NY State Assembly - 99th AD. 

There is a Republican Primary between Judge Jim Borkowski and Steve Katz.

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. 

If you are unsure of your party affiliation, you can check it by going to the NYS Board of Elections website, or by calling the Westchester County Board of Elections at (914)-995-5700.

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.

William Joseph Reynolds August 11, 2010 at 02:02 PM
Updated information from the NYS Board of Elections...received August 11, 2010 There will be NO Democratic Primary for the office of Governor In the Republican Party Primary for Governor, Art Luse's name is off the ballot, leaving Rick Lazio and Carl Palladino as the GOP Primary Candidates. For the Democratic Primary for State Attorney General, 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. For the office of US Senator (unexpired term), the name of Joseph Huff has been removed, leaving incumbent Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Gail Goode on the September 14th ballot. Finally, we omitted the Republican Primary for the 19th US Congressional District... the candidates are Nan Hayworth and Neil A. DiCarlo. Our apologies.
Malik August 11, 2010 at 03:08 PM
The one I'm paying attention to is the Senate race, mainly the GOP side. Blakeman vs. Malpass vs. DioGuardi. Malpass has no chance, his campaign is pretty lackluster, so it's in between Blakeman and DioGuardi. I'm hoping the GOP establishment doesn't flex and force Blakeman into winning, because he is the completely wrong guy to represent us. DioGuardi has the support of the Conservative base, trying to argue that (like Blakeman has) is so useless. In order to have a shot at beating Villibrand, we need to combine Joe's charisma with his support from both the Conservative line and, hopefuly, the GOP. Blakeman lacks all of this except some GOP support, there is no way he could hold a candle in a race.
Plamena Pesheva (Editor) August 11, 2010 at 03:16 PM
Thank you, William. The story has been updated.

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