Election Season Heats Up

October 6, 2021

Voters will head to the polls on November 2 to weigh in on State Constitution amendments and two State Legislature special elections.

The potential changes to the Constitution include whether to:

  • Cap the State Senate at 63 seats, allow a simple majority vote in the Legislature to approve new district maps, and allow Senate district borders to run through towns
  • Allow the State Legislature to pass same-day voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting

New Yorkers will also decide on replacements for former Harlem Senator Brian Benjamin, now Lieutenant Governor, and former Bronx Assembly Member Victor Pichardo. The Democratic nominees, district leaders Cordell Cleare in Harlem and Yudelka Tapia in the Bronx , are both expected to win.

Meanwhile, the race for governor in 2022 is underway. Governor Kathy Hochul said she will seek the Democratic nomination. Attorney General Letitia James, who would be a formidable challenger, has hinted that she will run. Other potential candidates include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island). Republicans who have said they will seek the office include Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Long Island) and Andrew Giuliani.