Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t approve of the potential for three primaries this year, saying today it would be a waste of taxpayers’ money and hurt the election process.
There’s the possibility of three primaries this year—the presidential primary April 24, the new June 26 court-ordered congressional primary and the previously scheduled Sept. 11 primary for state offices.
Assembly Democrats want the state primary on June 26; Senate Republicans said they would prefer either an August or September primary.
Cuomo says there shouldn’t be three, suggesting that he hopes the Legislature can reach a compromise. He didn’t offer his own preferred date.
“I know that having three dates is not in anyone’s interest: not in the taxpayers’ interest and not in the voters’ interest,” Cuomo told reporters after speaking in Colonie near Albany at the state Association of Counties conference.
Cuomo continued to vow that he didn’t support the new district lines for the Legislature, saying “They are hyper-political and hyper-partisan and they are unacceptable.”
Still, Cuomo didn’t lay out his next step or whether he’ll force a compromise on redistricting—other than using his veto pen. He said a constitutional amendment to change how lines are drawn in the future wouldn’t be enough.
“At this point, we need an overall resolution,” Cuomo said. “And it’s going be the lines for this year, it’s how do we make sure this never happens again and there are going to be court challenges and we have the added issue … you’re abbreviating the election season.”
And as for New Jersey having a Super Bowl parade if the Giants win, per New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s request: “There is a parade in New York and then we’ll see what happens.”
Here’s most of Cuomo’s Q and A with reporters: