Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island, Dyker Heights) announced Assembly passage of legislation he supported moving up New York’s presidential primary date to Feb. 5, 2008 (A.6430).
“This change will give New Yorkers much more of a say in who the nominees are for President of the United States,” Assemblymember Brook-Krasny said. “Several other states are looking to move up their primary dates and New York shouldn’t be left behind. We have one of the most diverse states in the nation, so our voters have unique perspectives on who is most qualified for president. This legislation makes their voice stronger.”
New York’s current presidential primary date is March 4, over a month after New Hampshire kicks off the primary season. If the Assembly’s bill is passed into law, presidential candidates would have from Oct. 30 to Dec. 6, 2007, to circulate petitions to be on the primary ballot. Petitions would be required to be filed Dec. 3-6.
“The Assembly’s legislation would also bring much-needed revenue to the state because candidates would likely spend significant amounts of money in our numerous metropolitan media markets,” Assemblymember Brook-Krasny said. “New York is the third most populous state in the nation and its people should have a big say in who our next President is.”