Save for East Hampton Town, New York’s state primary elections, which will be held Thursday, September 13, will be a sleepy affair locally.
In East Hampton, Councilman David Lys, who was appointed earlier this year to the seat of new Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, faces a primary challenge from long-time Democratic activist David Gruber to complete the final year of the term. They will face off in November against Republican Manny Vilar. The Independence Party line will be blank this year after a court challenge succeeded in having enough of Gruber’s signatures voided from his Independence Party petitions to knock him off the ballot.
Also in East Hampton, Democrats will get the opportunity to vote for two candidates for the town committee in each of the 19 election districts in town.
Democrats will also have the opportunity to choose between incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon. Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is being challenged by Jumaane Williams, a member of the New York City Council. New York Democrats also get to pick from among four candidates for attorney general: Leecia Eve, Letitia James, Sean Maloney, and Zephyr Teachout.
Be sure to pick up next week’s copy of The Independent for interviews with the local candidates, as well as previews of the upcoming congressional race pitting Democratic challenger Perry Gershon against Republican incumbent Lee Zeldin and Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s effort to unseat Republican Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy.