2020 Legislative Primaries Recap

Last Week, New York held the first state legislative primaries under the new political calendar. With an unprecedented number of absentee ballots cast the outcome in many races is yet to be confirmed. Official results, particularly in close contests, could be weeks away while election officials count mail in ballots.

There were several close primaries upstate, though leaders in key races hold a sizeable advantage Jeremy Cooney has a wide lead in the 56th senate district to succeed Joe Robach. Harry Bronson appears to have secured another term in the Assembly, defeating Mayor Warren’s Chief of Staff Alex Yudelson. Sarah Clark has a large lead in the race to succeed former Assemblywoman Jamie Romeo.

The race to succeed Robin Schimminger is extremely close, with Kevin Stocker holding a slight advantage over Bill Conrad in the Democrat primary. Assemblyman John McDonald is also in a tight race, leading challenger Sam Fein by roughly 500 votes with 4,800 ballots outstanding. The outcome of both races will depend on results from mail-in ballots.

Downstate contests featured several incumbents facing progressive challenges. Assemblymembers like Joe Lentol and Catherine Nolan and David Weprin hold large leads over their challenges. Meanwhile, Aravella Simotas, Michael DenDekker and Michael Miller are trailing in their races. All incumbent Senate Democrats facing challenges, including Mike Gianaris, were successful in their races.

Last week also featured several Congressional primaries. Some notable outcomes include:

  • NY27 – Senator Chris Jacobs won both the special election and Republican primary
  • NY24 – Dana Balter is leading in the Democrat primary to challenge John Katko
  • NY22 – Former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney won the Republican primary and will seek to reclaim her old seat from Congressman Anthony Brindisi
  • NY17 – Mondaire Jones holds a large lead in a crowded Democrat primary to succeed retiring Nita Lowey
  • NY16 – Challenger Jamaal Bowman has a significant lead over Congressman Eliot Engel

Below is a list of some of the outcomes of last week’s primary. These numbers are based on unofficial election night results and do not reflect absentee ballots.

NEW YORK STATE SENATE PRIMARIES

 Senate District 61 (Erie, Genesee, Monroe)

Open (Ranzenhofer)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Kim Smith – 47.02%
    • Jacqualine Berger – 26.42%
    • Joan Elizabeth Seamans – 13.82%
  • Rep Candidates: Ed Rath

 Senate District 56 (Monroe)

Open (Robach)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Jeremy Cooney – 41.57%
    • Sherita Traywick – 26.80%
    • Hilda Enid Rosario Escher – 24.68%
  • Rep Candidates:
    • Michael Barry Jr.

 Senate District 38 (Rockland, Westchester)

Open (Carlucci)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Justin Sweet – 41.17%
    • Eudson Francois – 22.84%
    • Elijah Reichlin-Melnick – 20.9%
  • Rep Candidates:
    • William Weber, Jr. – 70.7%
    • Matthew Weinberg – 26.8%

Senate District 32 (Bronx)

Sepulveda

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Luis Sepulveda – 45.33%
    • Pamela Stewart-Martinez – 29.82%
    • John Perez – 10.31%
  • Rep Candidates: None

 Senate District 25 (Brooklyn)

Open (Montgomery)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Jabari Birsport – 49.98%
    • Tremaine Wright – 38.85%
    • Jason Salmon – 6.65%
  • Rep Candidates: None

Senate District 18, (Brooklyn) 

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Julia Salazar: 76.78%
    • Andy Marte: 14.4%
  • Rep Candidates: None

 Senate District 12 (Queens)

Gianaris

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Mike Gianaris – 65.98%
    • Ignazio Terranova – 23.32%
  • Rep Candidates: None

 Senate District 1 (Suffolk)

Open (LaValle)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Laura Ahearn – 30.79%
    • Valerie Cartright – 25.23%
    • Thomas Schiavoni – 23.41%
    • Skyler Johnson – 11.23%
    • Nora Higgins – 4.64%
  • Rep Candidates: Anthony Palumbo

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY PRIMARIES

Assembly District 149 (Erie)

Open (Ryan)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Jonathan Rivera – 46.33%
    • Robert Quintana – 28.45%
    • Adam Bojak – 19.78%
  • Rep Candidates: Joseph Totaro

Assembly District 140 (Erie, Niagara)

Open (Schimminger)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Kevin Stocker – 50.92%
    • William Conrad – 44.27%
  • Rep Candidates: Robert Pecoraro

Assembly District 138 (Monroe)

Bronson

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Harry Bronson – 57.59%
    • Alex Yudelson – 37.96%
  • Rep Candidates: Peter Vazquez

Assembly District 137 (Monroe)

Open (Gantt)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Desmond Meeks – 45.66%
    • Ernest Flagler – 32.50%
    • Ann Lewis – 13.90%
    • Silvan Orsi – 2.52%
  • Rep Candidates: None

Assembly District 136 (Monroe)

Open (Romeo)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Sarah Clark – 59.99%
    • Nelson Lopatin – 27.74%
    • Justin Wilcox – 5.19%
  • Rep Candidates: None

Assembly District 134 (Monroe)

Open (Lawrence)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Carolyn Carrol – 70.99%
    • Dylan Dailor – 16.61%
  • Rep Candidates: Josh Jensen

Assembly District 131 (Ontario, Seneca)

Open (Kolb)

  • Dem Candidates: Matthew Miller
  • Rep Candidates:
    • Jeff Gallahan – 42.3%
    • Ann Marie Heizmann – 7.36%
    • Jeff Shipley – 20.88%
    • Cynthia Wade – 27.24%

Assembly District 126 (Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Onondaga)

Open (Finch)

  • Dem Candidates: Dia Carabajal
  • Rep Candidates:
    • Daniel Fitzpatrick – 39.12%
    • John Lemondes Jr.- 59.50%

Assembly District 125 (Cortland, Tompkins)

Open (Lifton)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Sujata Gibson – 15.12%
    • Beau Harbin – 4.61%
    • Lisa Hoeschel – 3.52%
    • Anne Kelles – 32.98%
    • Jason Leifer 6.01%
    • Jordan Lesser – 14.91%
    • Seph Murtagh – 19.58%
  • Rep Candidates: Matthew McIntyre

Assembly District 122 (Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego)

Open (Crouch)

  • Dem Candidates: Richard Shaw
  • Rep Candidates:
    • Joe Angelino – 73.76%
    • Victor Furman – 5.9%
    • Nicholas Libous – 14.02%
    • James Powers – 4.82%

Assembly District 108 (Albany)

McDonald

  • Dem Candidates:
    • John McDonald – 50.96%
    • Samuel Fein – 42%
  • Rep Candidates: Petros Papanicolaou

Assembly District 93 (Westchester)

Open (Buchwald)

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Kristen Browde – 6.37%
    • Chris Burdick – 29.46%
    • Jeremiah Frei-Pearson – 19.39%
    • Mark Jaffe – 6.37%
    • Alexander Roithmayr – 8.85%
  • Rep Candidates: John Nuculovic

Assembly District 85, 

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Kenneth Burgos: 51.71%
    • William Russell Moore: 34.54%

Assembly District 79, 

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Chantel Jackson: 24.67% 
    • Cynthia L. Cox:  22.01%
    • George A. Alvarez: 16.58%
    • Eric Stevenson: 12.25%
    • Elvis Santana: 11.79%
    • Dion Powell: 3.44%

Assembly District 73

  • Dem Candidates
    • Dan Quart: 53.19%
    • Cameron Alex Koffman: 34.97%

Assembly District 65

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Yuh-Line Niou: 56.94%
    • Grace Lee: 35.15%

Assembly District 57

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Walter Mosley: 49.8%
    • Phara Souffrant Forrest: 45.89%

Assembly District 56

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Stefani L. Zinerman: 51.71%
    • Justin Cohen: 39.68%

Assembly District 51 (Brooklyn)

Ortiz

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Felix Ortiz – 37.87%
    • Genesis Aquino – 9.09%
    • Marcela Mitaynes – 30.52%
    • Katherine Walsh – 20.3%
  • Rep Candidates: Rep

Assembly District 50 (Brooklyn)

Lentol

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Joe Lentol – 55.13%
    • Emily Gallagher – 40.42%
  • Rep Candidates: None

Assembly District 43

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Diana Richardson: 67.11%
    • Jesse Hamilton: 26.56%

Assembly District 40

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Ron Kim: 61.13%
    • Steven Lee: 26.13%

Assembly District 38, Democratic Primary

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Jenifer Rajkumar: 49.47%
    • Michael Miller: 24.51%
    • Joseph De Jesus: 20.89%

Assembly District 37 (Queens)

Nolan

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Catherine Nolan – 68.48%
    • Danielle Brecker – 18.98%
    • Mary Jobaida – 11.75%
  • Rep Candidates: None

Assembly District 36 (Queens)

Simotas

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Arvella Simotas – 43.2%
    • Zohran Kwame Mamdani – 50.19%
  • Rep Candidates: None

Assembly District 35 (Queens)

Aubry

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Jeffrion Aubry – 59%
    • Hiram Monserrate – 31.8%
  • Rep Candidates: Han Khon To

Assembly District 34 (Queens)

Dendekker

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Michael Dendekker – 20.87%
    • Joy Chowdhury – 13.89%
    • Angel Cruz – 7.36%
    • Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas – 37.03%
    • Nuala O’Doherty-Naranjo 12.55%
  • Rep Candidates: William Marquez

Assembly District 31

  • Dem Candidates:
    • Khaleel Anderson: 36.07%
    • Richard David: 26.39%
    • Lisa George: 17.53%
    • Shea Uzoigwe: 6.86%
    • Derrick DeFlorimonte: 4.02%
    • Tavia Blakley: 3.55%

Assembly District 24 (Queens)

Weprin

  • Dem Candidates:
    • David Weprin – 42.97%
    • Albert Baldeo – 22.2%
    • Mahfuzul Islam – 27.23%
  • Rep Candidates: None