Follow the moving parts of the 2022 New York election

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A State of Entropy in New York: Who’s Up, Who’s Down

Suddenly, there are several moving elements in the 2022 New York election. Some of what seemed destined last week has broken in the opposite direction over the past three days – all over the map.

Movement of the first part: A leak of evidence from the United States Supreme Court that Roe v. Wade’s set to be overturned means different states’ abortion laws gain immediate relevance. Democrats instantly weaponized statements by Rep. Lee Zeldin, the GOP’s preferred gubernatorial candidate, who told an anti-abortion group, New York Right to Life, during a webinar at the end of the month: “It would be a great advantage for New York State to have a health commissioner who respects life unlike what we are used to.

According to a video recording of the remarks, no doubt intended for use in Democratic ads, Zeldin told the group, “Enter the second floor of the New York State Capitol. It’s been a while, but you came right in.

Will Republican legislative candidates say the same thing?

Move the second part: What started out as a bad week for election-minded governor Kathy Hochul has gotten better, ticket-wise. His Democratic legislative allies pushed through self-serving legislation pushing his ex-lieutenant indicted. Governor Brian Benjamin was dropped from the ballot, allowing Hudson Valley Rep. Antonio Delgado to replace him. This not only promoted a Democratic candidate with a Latino surname by her side to compete against two others for the number two spot in the primaries, but also allowed Delgado to escape potential defeat in the House due to of the cancellation of the gerrymander of the Albany Democrats.

Movement of the third part: The Democrat-designed state Senate cards were also overturned by the state Court of Appeals. So, individual Republicans as well as Democrats are changing course based on the upcoming judicial rewrite.

One is State Sen. Ed Rath in western New York, whose 61st district was split as part of the legislative plan, placing his residence in a largely Democratic 60th. He wasn’t going to run anymore. Now, in a turnaround, he is reportedly ready to file his candidacy for re-election. “This district has been around for six decades,” the Buffalo News quoted Rath as saying, “and there’s been a lot of hard work and advocacy and a voice for here that would have been taken to New York.”

Movement of the fourth part: On Wednesday, a Suffolk County political operative shared with The Point major logistical uncertainties and potential financial concerns – stemming not just from doubt over who is likely to win which district, but from the pushback of the House primary date of 28 June to August 23. Among them: Maps and data that campaigns need to conduct polls need to be discarded and replaced. Previously printed senders now give the wrong primary date. Staff and resources for what was to be a two month run now will be extended to a four month run. On the other hand, it can be helpful to have extra time to solicit small donations.

“You figure it out as you go,” the staffer said.

Movement of the fifth part: On one front, the remaining redistricting process appears to be proceeding as planned. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s latest effort to reinstate the desired cards has been thrown out by a federal judge.

US District Judge Lewis Kaplan said in Manhattan: “In the 102 years since my father, then a Ukrainian refugee, came to this country, if there were two things he had stuck in my head, these were… free, open and rational elections. [and] respect for the courts.

“The relief I am being asked to give today encroaches, to some extent, on the public perception of both. And I’m not going to do that.

But there could be apple carts left for the judiciary to upset. The Assembly maps, left untouched by the state Court of Appeals in its sweeping ruling last week, are still being challenged in Steuben County, where the so far successful redistricting challenge arose. of the GOP.

State Supreme Court Justice Patrick McAllister scheduled a May 10 hearing on Wednesday to determine whether the state Assembly maps should be redrawn with those primaries added to the Aug. 23 ballot. McAllister allowed two new plaintiffs to intervene in the original case.

Whether that happens could depend on the special master’s ability to add redrawing 150 districts to his other duties. However, the judge could allow Assembly races to be run as planned on the current maps, but order that subsequent Assembly elections be held using the new maps. “I just don’t see how there’s time to turn over so many new maps in a few days,” said John Faso, the former House member who leads the GOP challenge to Democratic redistricting.

McAllister’s show cause order also allows intervenors to argue that the petitions for the statewide races are invalid because the signatures were collected based on the rejected House district lines. If the judge were to accept their argument, new candidates could enter the races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller. And that means those primary competitions would also move from June 28 to August 23.

Mark it as a rare election moment when players try to take a pitch whose dimensions are uncertain – along with the date and time of the game.
—Dan Janison @Danjanison

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The buzz in New York

New York State ranked 11th among honey-producing states in the United States in 2021, with its approximately 3 million pounds of honey nestled between Washington State and Idaho.

The industry is growing both statewide and locally, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Revenue from statewide honey production has more than doubled from approximately $5.8 million in 2012 to $12.5 million in 2021, representing approximately 4% of the total production in the United States.

In Suffolk County, honey sales have doubled in five years, from $41,000 to $96,000 in 2017. Production has more than tripled in the space of a decade, from just over 7,000 pounds to 24,700 pounds in 2017, contributing 0.8% of the overall condition. production (instead of 0.2%).

But for more than a decade, New York apiaries were not required to register with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, after the state legislature repealed the provision in 2010.

Without this requirement, an up-to-date census of hives in New York had been difficult to acquire – the USDA provides an annual survey of state-level data, but a county-level census is only taken every five years. Accurate data can open up more local research grant opportunities.

But that changed last year when state lawmakers passed legislation that brought back the requirement and also established a cooperative bee health improvement program.

It was not the first attempt to bring back the required entries, as efforts in 2018 and 2019 failed.

– Kai Teoh @jkteoh

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