Susan Arbetter reported yesterday in New York State Of Politics that “After weeks of speculation, Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced Saturday New York’s presidential primary would be delayed until from April 28 to June 23.
The change means that the state’s presidential, congressional and legislative primaries will all fall on the same date.
“Ironically, I had been advocating to have it on that date anyway,” Cuomo said during his daily press briefing.”
From a letter sent to state legislators:
“Today the NYS Elections Commissioner Association sent a press release calling for the postponement of the April 28th primary until June 23rd, expanded use of absentee ballots, and leeway to administer the elections in June because of the COVID-19 health crisis.
The Democratic Caucus of Commissioners in addition endorses moving the postponed March 18th village elections to June 16th and the special elections scheduled for April 28th to June 23rd. See the attached press release.
Thank you and be safe,
NYSECA Democratic Caucus Chair
Onondaga County Elections Commissioner (D)”
Nick Reisman reports in NY State of Politics “For now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his team have not considered backing any plans to move New York’s presidential primary away from April 28.
But Cuomo on Friday for the first time acknowledged the collecting of petition signatures for candidates in New York, due April 1, presents a problem for those running for office and their staff who go door to door to collect those signatures.
It’s not clear what New York will do to change that deadline amid the spread of a virus and social distancing efforts.”
As reported in today’s NY Post by Bernadette Hogan and and Carl Campanile, “a state judge ruled Thursday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature broke the law last year when they punted an overhaul of the state’s election laws and campaign finance regulations to an unelected panel.
Niagara County Supreme Court Justice Ralph Boniello declared in an 11-page ruling that the law — which was tucked in last year’s state budget — amounted to “an improper and unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority.””