Lawmakers agree to change September 11th primary date

May 16, 2012

The state’s September primary is going to be delayed by two days, now that the legislature has agreed to move the date from Tuesday, September 11 to Thursday, September 13.

Legislative leaders say firefighter groups and others who plan annual memorials for September 11 requested that the scheduled primary be delayed two days, until Thursday, September 13, and they have agreed.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, whose district includes the World Trade Center site where the planes hit the towers on September 11 2001, says it was the right thing to do.

“We think September 11 should remain as a day of memorial,” said Silver.

The September primary is for state and local officials. There will also be a primary on June 26 for congressional and US Senate races, because the Senate and Assembly could not agree on one date for all of the primaries.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says there is precedent for the change, lawmakers delayed the primary by two day several years ago, when September 11  also fell on a Tuesday.  September 11, 2001, was also a primary day for local election aces, including the New York City mayoral race.