State primaries marked by establishment, insurgent victories

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Yesterday marked Primary Day in New York, and the New York Credit Union Association has highlighted key takeaways from the state-level races.

On the surface, it seemed like a triumph for the establishment. Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily defeated actress Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic gubernatorial primary with more than 65 percent of the vote to Nixon’s 33 percent. In the November general election, Cuomo will face Republican Marcus Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive. Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is also mounting an independent run for governor.

In the Democratic race for lieutenant governor, there was a question of whether Cuomo would have an adversarial running mate in Jumaane Williams, but the New York City Council member lost a tight race against incumbent Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. She will face Republican nominee Julie Killian in the general election.

After losing some momentum late in her campaign, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James collected 41 percent of the vote, securing the Democratic nomination for attorney general. She will face Republican challenger Keith Wofford in November.

In the Senate, the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party successfully wrested the nominations away from six former members of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference, including the conference’s former leader, Sen. Jeff Klein (Bronx).

Other former IDC members to lose in the primaries were Sens. Marisol Alcantara (Manhattan); Jesse Hamilton (Brooklyn), former chairman of the Senate Banks Committee; Jose Peralta (Queens); David Valesky (Central New York); and Tony Avella (Queens).

“The results of yesterday’s elections further signal a leftward shift in the Democratic Party in New York, and it may be an indication of what is to come in November,” said Association VP of Governmental Affairs Michael Lieberman. “On the other hand, the leftward shift of Democrats and the near eradication of moderate Democrats will give Senate Republicans ammunition, as they will ask voters to keep them in the majority as a bulwark against total Democratic control of state government. Ultimately, the Association has strong relationships on both sides of the aisle, and will be well-positioned to protect and advance the interests of New York’s credit unions in 2019 and beyond.”

For more information and to view complete election results, visit the Ballotpedia website.

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