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After months of talk of moving up the date for state legislative primaries, lawmakers might actually move it back – to avoid Sept. 11.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) has introduced a bill to move the primary away from its traditional date, the second Tuesday after Labor Day. This year, that Tuesday falls on Sept. 11.
As a result, Silver has proposed moving it two days, to Thursday, Sept. 13. The action has precedent: in 2007 the primary date was similarly moved back two days.
It would be a rich outcome to a once-hotly debated issue.
Earlier this year, Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) bickered over whether to move the primary from September to comply with federal laws meant to ensure that military ballots were counted in a timely manner. Silver wanted June; Skelos August. But, regardless, it seemed likely the primary would occur earlier.
They also talked of holding congressional primaries at the same time, to make it easier for votes and save money.
After a federal judge ordered the congressional primary to be held in June 26, it seemed that ultimately would be the statewide primary date. But Senate Republicans wouldn’t agree to it, meaning there will be separate primary dates for Congress and state Legislature.
Skelos' office didn't immediately comment.