Early Voting Kicks Off in NY’s Governor’s Race
By Yehudit Garmaise
New Yorkers started to cast their votes for governor, attorney general, and US Senate and US House of Representative seats when Early Voting kicked off yesterday and will continue until Sunday, Nov. 6.
Election Day is November 8, when voters can head to the polls from 6am to 9pm.
At the top of the ballot, Gov. Kathy Hochul seeks election for the first time after stepping in to lead the state after Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace in August 2021.
Just weeks ago, Gov. Hochul was polling far ahead of US Rep. Lee Zeldin, however, recently multiple surveys have showed that support for the governor’s Republican challenger has surged so much that many experts think that he has a shot to win.
After the New York Times started publishing multiple investigations that reported quite negatively on Chassidic yeshivas on Sept. 12, Gov. Hochul remained silent, while US Zeldin constantly pointed out what is right about the Jewish school system, while reiterating his support for what he has called New York’s “war on yeshivas.”
Zeldin has also pledged to reverse New York’s bail reform to which many attribute the spike in crime of the last few years.
Many NYPD officials this year have announced that the department cannot get a handle on crime because police are forced to continually re-arrest the same people sometimes hundreds of times, after they have been let out of police custody because of bail reform.
During the candidates’ debate on Oct. 25, Zeldin was asked whether he would reverse bail reform if the New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) claim that the controversial law has not significantly increased recidivism turns out to be accurate.
According to the DCJS, the state’s DNA database and the missing persons’ clearinghouse, the rate of re-arrests of criminals who were out on bail before bail reform was 19%, but only increased to 20% in 2021.
“Would you make policy, despite the [DCJS]’s findings?” Zeldin was asked.
“The will of the people is that they want to see reform,” the Republican candidate responded. “Even Mayor Adams says that judges should have discretion to weigh perpetrators’ dangerousness.”
Also on the ticket is Brooklyn-native Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is running for his fifth term. Schumer, who is the Senate’s majority leader, is heavily favored to beat Republican Joe Pinion, who grew up in Yonkers and up until recently hosted a show on Newsmax.
In addition, NY Attorney General Letitia James is defending her position against her Republican opponent Michael Henry, who works as a lawyer in New York City.
In his bid for re-election, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli faces Republican Paul Rodriguez, an investor.
Early voting locations often differ from residents’ designated Election Day polling sites, both which readers can find by entering their names and addresses at voterlookup.elections.ny.gov, a State Board of Elections website or by calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC.