New York governor and local judge election the highlights for Tuesday's primary

September 8, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

Polls are open from noon to 9pm in Tompkins County for Tuesday's primary election. The races under consideration are for New York State's governor and lieutenant governor positions, and a City Court Judge position in the City of Ithaca.

Registered Democrat voters around the county and across the state will be selecting a Democratic candidate tomorrow to stand in the general election come November. The incumbent, Andrew Cuomo, faces a rare primary challenge against Zephyr Teachout and Randy Credico. 

Credico, a civil rights activist and political satirist, and Teachout, a constitutional law professor and community organizer, are hoping to offer New York voters a more progressive alternative to the moderate Cuomo.

The lieutenant governor slot on the ballot is elected separately. Voters will be choosing between Cuomo's preferred candidate, Kathy Hochul, and Teachout's selection, Timothy Wu.

Voters in the City of Ithaca will also be selecting Democratic Party and Working Families Party candidates for City Court Judge. Seth Peacock, named as interim judge by Mayor Svante Myrick to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Judith Rossiter in July, is running for the Democratic nomination against Kristine Shaw and Rick Wallace. Registered voters in the Working Families Party will choose between Rick Wallace and Seth Peacock.

Seth Peacock submitting his nominating petitions this summer. Photo provided.Seth Peacock submitting his nominating petitions this summer. Photo provided.Judge Peacock's campaign came under fire recently with the release of letters and court records showing that, as an attorney in the court-appointed attorney program, he had been barred from certain judges' courtrooms for failure to appear or for being unprepared. A widely circulated letter of support from Judge Rossiter expresses the retired jurist's confidence in her interim successor, and suggests that attorneys involved in speaking against him are among those who failed to appear in her own courtroom during her tenure on the bench.

New York State law requires employers to give voters up to two hours off if their work schedule would otherwise prevent them from exercising their right to vote. Check the Tompkins County Board of Education web site if you're not sure where your polling place is. 

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