By Nick Reisman | City of Albany
PUBLISHED 5:53 PM ET Mar. 16, 2020
Village elections scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed to April 28 as the spread of coronavirus continues to upend the election calendar.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday issued an executive order moving the village elections amid broader efforts to reduce density and spread of the virus.
“Our top priority has been keeping New Yorkers safe and stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus,” Cuomo said. “Public health officials have been clear that reducing density is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread, and delaying village elections will help ensure poll workers and voters are not potentially exposed to the virus and at the same time maintain integrity in our election system.”
Cuomo has previously announced petition signatures for ballot access for candidates will be suspended on Tuesday and the overall number of signatures needed would be reduced as a result.
Some lawmakers have already introduced bills to move New York’s April 28 presidential primary to June, the same day of congressional and state legislative primaries