Bronx Primary Election Guide for September 13

The state primaries are on Thursday, September 13th.

On Thursday, Bronx voters will cast their ballots in the primary election contests for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, in addition to races for state Senate, Assembly and other political party posts.

Most of the races are for the Democratic line, though there is a Reform Party primary for attorney general which is open to all voters regardless of party registration. Plus, xxxx primaries for two assembly districts and one state senate district in the borough. Voters will also be able to select candidates for district leader and members of the Bronx Democratic Party’s county committee.

Polling places in the New York City are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Bronx residents can go online to the Board of Elections Pollsite Locator to find out where their polling place is located. Or voters can call the BOE’s voter Phone Bank at 1-866-VOTE-NYC. To learn how to vote by absentee ballot, go here or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (866-868-3692).

Only registered members of the Democratic party can vote in Thursday’s Democratic primary. With the exception of the Reform Party, New York has a closed political party primary system.

Here’s the list of candidates on the primary ballot in the Bronx on this week.


Starting at the top of the ballot is the gubernatorial primary between Gov. Cuomo and left-wing rival, the actress and activist Cynthia Nixon.

There is no Republican gubernatorial primary; Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is the GOP nominee.

Lt. Governor

The race to be the Governor’s sidekick pits incumbent LG Kathy Hochul against the NY Times-endorsed  left-wing Brooklyn city councilman  Jumaane Williams.

Attorney General

A four-person primary contest featuring: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James, Leecia Eve and Zephyr Teachout. Although Tish James is backed by Gov. Cuomo and the NY State Democratic Committee, most polls are showing the contest to be a toss-up.

The Reform party has a three-person contest where Nancy Sliwa, Mike Diederich and Christopher Garvey are vying for the nomination. The Reform Party is holding an open primary where any registered voter can cast a ballot. Primary voters are prohibited from voting in more than one party primary.

State Senate

In the 34th Senatorial District race, Alessandra Biaggi is challenging incumbent New York State Senator Jeffery Klein. The Bronx Chronicle endorses Sen. Jeff Klein for re-election. Sen. Klein is an able, experienced and diligent state lawmaker. He is well-deserving of re-election as our representative in Albany.

The 34th Senatorial District covers the neighborhoods of Riverdale, Pelham Bay, Throggs Neck, City Island, Morris Park, Middletown, Hart Island, Hunts Point, Eastchester, and sections of Castle Hill and Westchester Square.

State Assembly

The 84th Assembly District features a marquee race pitting challenger Amanda Septimo, a former top aide to Rep. Jose Serrano, against 24-year incumbent New York State Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo. While both women hold similar position on the issues, Septimo has the energy and fire-in-the-belly drive that has long since left Assemblywoman Arroyo. Septimo has the backing of the powerful health-care workers union 1199SEIU as well as DC 37, the Council of School Supervisors and Working Families Party.

The 84th Assembly District covers Mott Haven, Port Morris, Melrose, The Hub, Longwood, the Concourse and Hunts Point.

In the 87th Assembly District, Karines Reyes, John Perez and Farah Despeignes are vying to replace Luis Sepulveda who was elected to the State Senate in a special election earlier this year. Karina Reyes is backed by the Bronx Democratic County Committee and several major unions.

The 87th Assembly District includes Parkchester, Van Nest, Castle Hill, West Farms, Unionport and sections of Westchester Square.

And there are races for state committee and district leader posts in the 78th and 87th Assembly districts as well as for judicial convention delegates in the 84th AD. And and county committee postsin the 78th, 79th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 85th and 87th ADs.

Bronxnet Television has broadcast and will re-air debates and other in-depth programs in the days leading up to the primary. A block of pre-election voter literacy programs runs from 7pm to 10pm on Wednesday 9/12 and will continue to be available for viewing online here.

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