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Candidates calling for April 28 elections to be postponed

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: March 25, 2020 10:37 PM
Created: March 25, 2020 09:56 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — The State's Elections Commissioners' Association is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to postpone the Democratic Presidential Primary that's scheduled for April 28. 

It's yet another challenge that's resulted from the coronavirus outbreak.

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It's an effort to protect our electoral process during this public health crisis. Kelly Penziul, President of the State's Election Commissioners' Association says a unanimous agreement was reached to ask Governor Cuomo to move the Presidential Primary Election to June from April. 

"To ask people to come out April 28th to vote, I mean it's, to me it's ridiculous," Penziul said.

That's just one of two roles. 

Penziul is also President of the Democratic Commissioner of the Steuben County's Elections Office. She's also reaching out to Cuomo asking for commissioners to have leeway to move or consolidate polling sites around the district.

"In our county, we do have a poll site located in a nursing facility. We have one located in an adult living facility. Places like that, that aren't open to the public right now, and I got to believe they're not gonna let us come in there and hold an election," Penziul said.

News10NBC's Patrick Moussignac reached out to Nate McMurray. 

He also reached out to New York State Senator for the 60th District Christopher Jacobs. Both men are currently running for the 27th Congressional District. 

Patrick wanted to hear what they had to say about this postponement request.

Senator Jacobs said, "I'm sure that the Governor will take that recommendation into consideration and make the right decision for everybody, but obviously the health and safety is more important than any one thing."

Candidate Nate McMurray emailed response saying in part, "The people of NY-27 and beyond also need to maintain confidence in the integrity of these critical elections. We must hold this special election, but the right thing to do is to reschedule it."  

News10NBC also reached to Republican candidates Stefan Mychajliw, and Beth Parlato. 

Mychajliw says he supports Assemblywoman from Buffalo Monica Wallace who is calling for a complete cancelation of the two election events. 

Wallace says it would be too confusing for voters. 

Parlato says no special elections should jeopardize public health safety. 

We have yet to hear back from the governor.


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