Election Day is right around the corner. The general election will happen on Tuesday, November 8. This Friday, October 14, is the deadline to register to vote in New York. Absentee ballots must be requested by October 24, and early voting will run from Saturday, October 29 to Sunday, November 6.
There are many races on the ballot this year. On the federal side, New York’s entire House delegation is up for election. New York has 26 Congressional districts, after losing one Congressional seat in the 2020 Census count. Senator Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D) is seeking his fifth term in the Senate, facing off against Joe Pinion (R).
Turning to the state races, all of New York’s statewide officeholders are up for election. The statewide races for the general election will be as follows:
- For Governor: Governor Kathy Hochul (D) and Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado (D) v. Lee Zeldin (R) and Alison Esposito (R)
- For Attorney General: Attorney General Letitia James (D) v. Michael Henry (R)
- For Comptroller: Comptroller Tom DiNapoli (D) v. Paul Rodriguez (R)
In addition to the statewide races, all 63 seats in the New York State Senate and 150 seats in the New York State Assembly are up for election. There are also some local elections occurring this year as well. County court judges are up for election, as well as some county district attorneys. To confirm who will be on your ballot this year, please visit your county board of election website to view a sample ballot, which can be accessed from here.
Finally, there is a statewide ballot initiative that will be considered in the general election. The Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022 (the “Bond Act”) would allocate $4.2 billon toward environmental projects. If approved, the Bond Act would be allocated as follows:
- $1.5 billion in climate change mitigation, including funding for zero emission school buses and the training required to enable the current workforce to repair such buses;
- $1.1 billion to reduce flooding risk and improve restoration after floods;
- $650 million for land conservation;
- $650 million to improve the state’s water quality and resiliency infrastructure; and
- $300 million in unallocated funds.
We will continue to monitor the upcoming election and keep you informed if there are any substantial updates. If you have additional questions about the election results, please reach out to a member of our Government Affairs practice group for assistance: