Early voting in gubernatorial primaries begins this weekend
NBC New York reports that early voting begins June 18 in primary elections for governor and state Assembly seats in New York. For Democrats, incumbent Kathy Hochul, Long Island Congressperson Tom Suozzi, and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams are on the ballot, and they face off a final time in a debate June 16. U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and businessperson Harry Wilson., and Andrew Giuliani, the son of New York City’s former mayor, are on the ballot. Registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by more than two to one in New York, so the winner of the Democratic primary has a better shot at winning in November. At the debate, Hochul said that she has “evolved” from her previous pro-gun votes in Congress. Suozzi shot back, “The only thing that's changed are the governor's political ambitions." Williams pushed back on Hochul's current gin positions. "I was in the street trying to address this violence. And what we said each time when the violence happened is that simply adding police wouldn’t help," Williams said. And Hochul complained that as the front-runner, the other two candidates were going after her. “Please stop interrupting me, the people want to hear my answer,” Hochul said to Suozzi. As of late May, Hochul reported $18.6 million in campaign money, with Suozzi at $5.25 million and Williams’ at $130,000. Read more about this story at NBC New York.