Vandana Rambaran, DCNF
Voters will head to the polls in New York to vote for Democratic gubernatorial candidates Cynthia Nixon and incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as several other local positions, but the voting will take place Thursday, rather than the usual Tuesday in September that is required by state law.
The reason for the change of day this year is because the original date would have coincided with the 17th anniversary of 9/11 as well as the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah.
Voters cast their ballots for candidates seeking federal offices in June, and Thursday’s primary is for state and local offices.
Controversial leftist candidate Julia Salazar is running for state Senate in the 18th district against incumbent Democratic state Sen. Martin Dilan who has held his seat since 2013. She is hoping to gain the same momentum for her campaign as New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who unseated incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the 14th district race.
Salazar has come under scrutiny recently, casting doubt on her campaign. She has faced backlash for exaggerating her academic credentials, lying about being a Colombian immigrant and for an alleged arrest in a since-settled suit in her favor in 2003. She was accused of impersonating the wife of former baseball player Keith Hernandez, whom she allegedly was having an affair with, to gain access to her bank accounts.
The office for attorney general is also vacant after former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was forced to step down after multiple allegations of sexual assault in May. Contenders include Democratic candidates Zephyr Teachout, who was endorsed by The New York Times; New York City Public Advocate Tish James; Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and former candidate for lieutenant governor of New York Leecia Eve.
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