Glen Cove Voter Guide: NY Primary Election 2020

Daniel Hampton

GLEN COVE, NY — Amid lingering public health concerns over the coronavirus, Glen Cove voters who didn't already cast their ballots will head to the polls Tuesday to do just that in the Congressional primary, as well as in elections for state senate and assembly.

All eyes Tuesday will be on U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, the former Glen Cove mayor and Nassau County executive who faces challenges from Melanie D'Arrigo and Michael Weinstock.

But many New York Democrats will also pay close attention to the number of votes that former Vice President Joe Biden earns in the presidential primary compared to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who dropped out of the race earlier this year. The state Board of Elections tried to cancel the primary election, but federal judges had it reinstated. While Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee, the primary also dictates which delegates are chosen, which could ultimately impact the party's rules and platform.

Suozzi Seeks Re-Election In Democratic Primary

Suozzi, an attorney and CPA, is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, the chamber's chief tax-writing committee. He also serves on both the Oversight and Tax Policy subcommittees. His campaign did not fill out Patch's candidate questionnaire.

D'Arrigo, a Port Washington resident who worked for 14 years as an Allied Health professional, described herself in a Patch candidate questionnaire as a mom and organizer who supports universal health care and wants what she called "bold change" to combat climate change.

Weinstock, of Great Neck, is a former firefighter and prosecutor who said he wants to be a "fresh voice" who kids can look up to. He pointed to "incredibly high" taxes as one reason many young people can't afford to live on Long Island.

Financial Professional Runs Unopposed For Congress In Republican Primary

George A. D. Santos, of Queens, is a financial professional who wants to take on "a radical regime," according to TheIslandNow.com. He did not fill out a Patch candidate questionnaire.

"He has poorly managed his budget," Santos told the news outlet about Suozzi. "I’m the antidote to all the wasteful spending. I don’t see why a congressman from Long Island should have to hop on a first-class airplane flight when you could take the train to Washington."

Bob Cohen and Howard Rabin are also on the ballot this year, running on the Working Families Party and Libertarian lines, respectively.

Assemblyman Charles Lavine Defends Seat

First elected in 2005, Democratic Assemblyman Charles Lavine seeks re-election this year against Republican challenger Andrew Monteleone. Both are running unopposed. The 13th Assembly District consists of portions of northeastern Nassau County.

Lavine serves as chair of the Committee on Election Law and is a member of the Committees on Codes, Ethics and Guidance, Rules, Insurance and Judiciary. He previously served as chair of the Committee on Ethics and Guidance, co-chair of the state Legislative Ethics Commission and as chair of the task force established to produce an Assembly Speaker’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Discrimination.

State Sen. James Gaughran Seeks Re-Election

State Sen. James Gaughran, a Dix Hills native who now lives in Northport, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and stands to face Republican challenger Edmund Smyth — also running unopposed in Tuesday's primary — in the general election. Green Party candidate Barbara Wagner is running on a third party platform.

The 5th district covers the North Shore of Long Island, including Glen Cove, Syosset, Jericho, Oyster Bay, Plainview, Huntington, Northport, Melville and Dix Hills.

Polling Locations

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Registered To Vote?

If you're unsure whether you're registered to vote, you can the Nassau County Board of Elections at 571-VOTE (8683) or search the State Board of Elections database.

This article originally appeared on the Glen Cove Patch