Two top Democratic leaders in the state Assembly and Senate are backing legislation to hold New York’s primary elections for state offices in June instead of September. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins say the switch will save local governments about $50 million with voting the same day as federal primaries, and encourage turnout. Senate Republicans have opposed the June date, saying it conflicts with the legislative session. They’ve recommended August for state and federal primaries.
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