What Queens voters need to know ahead of the Nov. 8 General Election

Voters at the Jacob Riis Settlement polling site during the August 2022 primary. (Photo by Adrian Childress)

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, but voters in Queens and throughout the city can participate in early voting, which kicks off Oct. 29 and runs through Nov. 6.

This election cycle will be the first after new congressional districts were drawn. Democrats in New York had hoped to use the new map to favor them; however, a Republican lawsuit resulted in a more neutral map. New York races will be hard to predict as we head toward November’s critical midterm elections.

Early voting

Below, see the schedule for early voting polling sites:

Saturday, Oct. 29: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 30: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 31: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 1: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 3: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 4: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 6: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Find your early voting polling site at vote.nyc/sites.

Who’s on the ballot?

Assembly districts:

23rd: Stacey G. Pheffer Amato (Democrat), Thomas P. Sullivan (Republican)

24th: David I. Weprin (Democrat)

25th: Nily D. Rozic (Democrat), Seth Breland (Republican) 

26th: Edward C. Braunstein (Democrat), Robert J. Speranza (Republican)

27th: Daniel Rosenthal (Democrat), Angelo King (Republican) 

28th: Andrew D. Hevesi (Democrat), Michael Conigliaro (Republican) 

29th: Alicia L. Hyndman (Democrat)

30th: Steven B. Raga (Democrat), Sean S. Lally (Republican)

31st: Khaleel M. Anderson (Democrat)

32nd: Vivian E. Cook (Democrat), Marilyn Miller (Republican), Anthony D. Andrews Jr. (Working Families) 

33rd: Clyde Vanel (Democrat) 

34th: Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas (Democrat) 

35th: Jeffrion L. Aubry (Democrat) 

36th: Zohran Mamdani (Democrat) 

37th: Juan Ardila (Democrat) 

38th: Jenifer Rajkumar (Democrat)

39th: Catalina Cruz (Democrat) 

40th: Ron Kim (Democrat), Sharon A. Liao (Republican) 

Congressional districts: 

Third: Robert P. Zimmerman (Democrat), George A.D. Santos (Republican)

Fifth: Gregory W. Meeks (Democrat), Paul King (Republican) 

Sixth: Grace Meng (Democrat), Thomas J. Zmich (Republican)

Seventh: Nydia M. Velazquez (Democrat), Juan Pagan (Republican) 

14th: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat), Tina Forte (Republican), Desi Cuellar (Conservative), 

Senatorial districts: 

10th: James Sanders Jr. (Democrat)

11th: Toby Ann Stavisky (Democrat), Stefano Forte (Republican)

12th: Michael N. Gianaris (Democrat)

13th: Jessica Ramos (Democrat)

14th: Leroy G. Comrie Jr. (Democrat)

15th: Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (Democrat), Danniel S. Maio (Republican) 

16th: John C. Liu (Democrat), Ruben D. Cruz II (Republican) 

18th: Julia Salazar (Democrat) 

19th: Roxanne J. Persaud (Democrat)

59th: Kristen S. Gonzalez (Democrat) 

Citywide proposals

Make sure to turn your ballot over, where you will find four proposals regarding the environment, racial justice and more for New Yorkers to have a say on.

Proposal Number 1, an Amendment: CLEAN WATER, CLEAN AIR AND GREEN JOBS Environmental Bond Act of 2022

To address and combat the impact of climate change and damage to the environment, the “Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022” authorizes the sale of state bonds up to $4.2 billion to fund environmental protection, natural restoration, resiliency and clean energy projects.

Shall the Environmental Bond Act of 2022 be approved?

Proposal Number 2, a Question: Add a Statement of Values to Guide Government

This proposal would amend the New York City Charter to add a preamble, which would be an introductory statement of values and vision aspiring toward “a just and equitable city for all” New Yorkers, and include in the preamble a statement that the city must strive to remedy “past and continuing harms and to reconstruct, revise and reimagine our foundations, structures, institutions and laws to promote justice and equity for all New Yorkers.” The preamble is intended to guide the city government in fulfilling its duties.

Shall this proposal be adopted?

Proposal Number 3, a Question: Establish a Racial Equity Office, Plan and Commission

This proposal would amend the City Charter to Require citywide and agency-specific Racial Equity Plans every two years. The plans would include intended strategies and goals to improve racial equity and to reduce or eliminate racial disparities. It would also establish an Office of Racial Equity and appoint a chief equity officer to advance racial equity and coordinate the city’s racial equity planning process. The office would support city agencies in improving access to city services and programs for those people and communities who have been negatively affected by previous policies or actions, and collect and report data related to equity. It would establish a Commission on Racial Equity, appointed by city elected officials. In making appointments to this commission, elected officials would be required to consider appointees who are representative of or have experience advocating for a diverse range of communities. The commission would identify and propose priorities to inform the racial equity planning process and review agency and citywide Racial Equity Plans.

Shall this proposal be adopted?

Proposal Number 4, a Question: Measure the True Cost of Living 

This proposal would amend the City Charter to require the city to create a “true cost of living” measure to track the actual cost in New York City of meeting essential needs, including housing, food, childcare, transportation and other necessary costs, and without considering public, private or informal assistance, in order to inform programmatic and policy decisions. It would require the city government to report annually on the “true cost of living” measure.

Shall this proposal be adopted?

Find your Election Day polling site here, vote.nyc/site