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Big Election Draws Near

Rundown Of Local Candidates On Ballot

New Yorkers will make their voices heard in Albany and Capitol Hill when they cast votes on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Polls are open to all registered voters statewide from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. To find the nearest polling place, visit www.vote.nyc.ny.us or call 1-212-VOTE-NYC.

Every statewide elected office and all of New York’s 27 Congressional seats are up for grabs on Election Day. Voters will also answer three statewide ballot questions on redistricting, electronic bill transmission and issuing school bonds, which are located on the back side of all standard optical scan ballots.

Though incumbent statewide officials are facing challengers, most seat holders are unopposed in local legislative races.

Topping all the ballots this year are the joint tickets for governor and lieutenant governor. Democratic Incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking a second term in office with a new lieutenant governor candidate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul.

Challenging Cuomo and Hochul is the Republican ticket of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss; Green Party nominees Howie Hawkins and Brian P. Jones; Libertarian candidates Michael McDermott and Chris Edes; and Sapient Party nominees Steven Cohn and Bobby K. Kalotee.

The Cuomo-Hochul ticket is also running on the Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality party lines, while the Astorino-Moss ticket is also listed on the Conservative and Stop Common Core ballot lines.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli seeks his second full term in office this Election Day as the nominee of the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality party lines. He is opposed by Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci, the Republican, Conservative and Stop Common Core nominee; Theresa M. Portelli, the Green Party choice; and John Clifton, the Libertarian Party nominee.

Also seeking a second term is Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the candidate of the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality parties. Three seek to unseat him: former Development Chief of Lower Manhattan John Cahill, the Republican, Conservative and Stop Common Core nominee; Green Party candidate Ramon Jimenez; and Libertarian hopeful Carl E. Person.

Only a handful of incumbent state lawmakers and Members of Congress in the Times Newsweekly coverage area have an opponent this Election Day.

Capitol Hill

In the Congressional races- each of which involve Democratic incumbents-Rep. Nydia Velázquez is facing two challengers for her Seventh Congressional District seat, which includes Woodhaven and parts of Glendale, Ridgewood, Cypress Hills, Bushwick and other neighborhoods in northern Brooklyn and lower Manhattan.

Facing the 11-term Democratic incumbent are Republican nominee Jose Luis Fernandez of Williamsburg and Conservative candidate Allan E. Romaguera of Park Slope.

Freshman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries seeks his second term in the Eighth Congressional District seat, which covers areas of Ozone Park and Howard Beach, Cypress Hills and other communities in central Brooklyn. Only Conservative Party nomineeAlan Bellone is challenging him.

Eight-term incumbent Rep. Gregory Meeks faces one thirdparty opponent-Allen Steinhardt of Rockaway Park, running on the Allen 4 Congress line-for the right to continue representing the Fifth Congressional District, which includes areas of Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Jamaica and neighborhoods in southeastern Queens and the Rockaways.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney is seeking her 12th term in office this Election Day. The representative of the 12th Congressional District-which covers parts of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and areas of Manhattan-faces Republican, Conservative and Independence nominee Nicholas S. DiIorio of Manhattan.

Only one third-party opponent is challenging Rep. Joseph Crowley for his 14th Congressional District seat, which covers parts of Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Middle Village and areas of the Bronx. Seeking his ninth term on Capitol Hill, Crowley’s lone opponent is Conservative nominee Elizabeth Perri of the Bronx.

Rep. Grace Meng can rest easy this Election Day, as she’s running unopposed for a second term in the all-Queens Sixth Congressional District seat. Her district covers parts of Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Elmhurst, Rego Park, Forest Hills and areas in eastern and northern Queens.

Albany

Turning to the state legislative contests, Democratic State Sen. JosephAddabbo-in his quest for a fourth term in Albany-faces Republican challenger Michael Conigliaro of Rego Park for the 15th Senatorial District seat. The district covers parts of Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven, Woodside, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the western Rockaways.

Democratic State Sen. Michael Gianaris faces only third-party opposition in his bid for a third term in the 12th Senatorial District seat, which covers parts of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and Jackson Heights. Anthony Aldorasi of Long Island City, running on the Stop Common Core line, is Gianaris’ opponent.

Democratic State Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan seeks his seventh term as representative of the 18th Senatorial District, which covers parts of Bushwick, Cypress Hills, Greenpoint East Williamsburg and Williamsburg. Just two thirdparty candidates oppose him: Conservative nominee Jonathan Anderson of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Working Families nominee Debbie Medina of Williamsburg.

In the Assembly, three candidates are seeking to fill the vacant 54th Assembly District formerly held by City Council Member Rafael Espinal. The district covers parts of Bushwick, Cypress Hills, East New York and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Former City Council Member Erik Martin Dilan, the Democratic nominee and Senator Dilan’s son, is facing Working Families choice Kimberly Council and Republican and Conservative nominee Khorshed Chowdhury for the seat.

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan faces a third-party challenger in her bid for a 16th term in the 37th Assembly District seat, which covers parts of Ridgewood, Middle Village, Maspeth, Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. Facing the Democratic incumbent is Libertarian nominee John Kevin Wilson of Sunnyside.

State legislative candidates running unopposed this Election Day are Assemblymembers Phil Goldfeder (District 23), David Weprin (District 24), Michael Simanowitz (District 27), Andrew Hevesi (District 28), Margaret Markey (District 30), Michael DenDekker (District 34), JeffrionAubry (District 35), Mike Miller (District 38), Francisco Moya (District 39) and Maritza Davila (District 53); State Senators James Sanders (District 10), Jose Peralta (District 13) and Toby Ann Stavisky (District 16); and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie, running for the 14th State Senate District seat.

Information on the ballot questions can be found online at www.timesnewsweekly.com.

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