Consolidate Primaries And Save Tax Dollars

Statement on Assembly Bill to Consolidate Primaries (A.9108) from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill)
February 2, 2016

"This consolidation would save taxpayers $25 million. Moving the state primary to June ensures that overseas military voters have time to get their votes counted."

"Career politicians like the status quo because the two primary dates allow state elected officials to simultaneous run in a primary for Congress without having to give up their Assembly or State Senate seat. Also, the entrenched establishment likes the September primary because it often shortens an opponent’s ability to run against an incumbent to the two months after the primary. If you are an incumbent, for example, and you have two opponents running in a primary, the eventual winner of that primary only has from mid-September to early November to wage a general election campaign against the incumbent. In short, the September primary is part of the incumbent protection racket."