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Tuesday's election day primary primer

Jun 26, 2012 12:10 am
The polls are open from noon to 9 p.m., today. A list of polling locations in Columbia County can be found online at columbiacountyny.com, or call the Board of Elections at 828-3115. For more information on where to vote in Greene County, call the Board of Elections at 719-3550.

The Daily Freeman has a rundown of the candidates in Tuesday's primary election. Democratic voters will decide whether Julian Schreibman or Joel Tyner will be the party’s nominee to challenge Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) for the state’s new 19th Congressional District seat in the November election.

Tyner, 47, is a town of Clinton resident who is serving his fifth two-year term as a Dutchess County legislator. He recently has been working a substitute teacher in Dutchess County school districts after leaving a full-time teaching job in the Bronx.

Schreibman, 39, is a Stone Ridge resident, former Ulster County Democratic chairman and a partner in the law firm Wachtel, Masyr and Missry. He has received the endorsements of the Democratic committees in Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, Columbia and Sullivan counties.

The new district is mostly Gibson’s current 20th Congressional District, with northern counties replaced with parts of Maurice Hinchey’s current 22nd Congressional District under recent redistricting plans. The new district includes all of Ulster, Greene, Columbia, Delaware, Sullivan, Schoharie, and Otsego counties; most of Dutchess and Rensselaer counties; and parts of Schenectady and Broome counties.

Also Tuesday, Republican voters statewide choose which of three candidates will face incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in the race for U.S. Senate. The Republican candidates facing off in the primary are U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and New York City attorney Wendy Long.

Turner, who lives in Rockaway Point, was elected to the House of Representatives in September 2011 to fill a vacancy left by Democrat Anthony Weiner, who resigned. He graduated from St. John’s University and spent 40 years of his career in the television industry.

Maragos was elected Nassau County comptroller in 2009. He graduated from McGill University and has more than 35 years of senior management experience.

Long, who lives in Manhattan, received her juris doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law. She left private practice to build the Judicial Confirmation Network, now called the Judicial Crisis Network. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.