Political Endorsements

2022 Elections (updated for the Aug. 23 primary)

Within hours after the state legislature approved new redistricting maps for the Assembly, Senate and Congress in January, and Gov. Hochul signed them into law, the election process was challenged with the filing of a Republican-backed lawsuit claiming the maps were unfairly drawn in Democrats’ favor.

Since then, the lawsuit, and subsequent legal actions involving courts from the local to federal levels, have dramatically altered the primary schedule and campaigns were thrown into disarray. In some instances, candidates decided not to run, or even to seek another office all together. You can read more about the timeline of the redistricting process, the text of the Court of Appeals decision and the resulting maps.

As a result of this chaos, two primary elections are being held this summer: June 28 & August 23. June was the primary for statewide and State Assembly offices.

The August primary will be held for candidates for Congressional and State Senate, as district lines were redrawn by the special master under the direction of the lower court. These district lines were finalized on Saturday, May 21. The NYC Board of Elections has outlined relevant dates and early voting locations.

August 23 Primary Election information

  • This is the primary election date for the U.S. House of Representatives and State Senate.
  • Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Early Voting Period is August 13 - August 21
  • Aug. 8 was the last day to submit a request for an absentee ballot

Florida Education Association (FEA) endorsements for the Florida August primary on Tues., 8/23

The upcoming primary in Florida on Tuesday, Aug. 23, is unusually significant for both Florida and the nation. We ask you to consider the recommendations that our labor colleagues in the AFT-affiliated Florida Education Association (FEA) have made.

NYSUT/UFT U.S. House of Representatives / Congressional endorsements where there is an Aug. 23 primary

Region of New York State Borough / County District

Long Island

Parts of Nassau & Suffolk Congressional District 2
Andrew R. Garbarino
New York City Parts of Nassau & Queens Congressional District 3
Robert P. Zimmerman
Parts of Queens & Brooklyn Congressional District 7
Nydia M. Velazquez
Brooklyn Congressional District 8
Hakeem S. Jeffries
Parts of Manhattan & Brooklyn Congressional District 10
Wait until after the primary
Staten Island & part of Brooklyn Congressional District 11
Max Rose
Manhattan Congressional District 12
Wait until after the primary
Parts of Manhattan & the Bronx Congressional District 13
Adriano Espaillat
Parts of Bronx & Westchester Congressional District 16
Jamaal Bowman
Hudson Valley Rockland, part of Dutchess, part of Putnam and part of Westchester Congressional District 17
Sean Patrick Maloney
Orange, part of Dutchess & part of Ulster Congressional District 18
Pat Ryan
Upstate Broome, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Greene, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, part of Otsego & part of Ulster Congressional District 19
Josh Riley
Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady & part of Rensselaer Congressional District 20
Paul D. Tonko
Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Schoharie, Warren, Washington, Part of Jefferson, Part of Otsego & Part of Rensselaer Congressional District 21
Matt Castelli
Cayuga, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates, Part of Jefferson, Part of Orleans, Part of Oswego & Part of Niagara Congressional District 24
No endorsement
Parts of Erie & Niagara Congressional District 26
Brian Higgins

NYSUT/UFT State Senate endorsements where there is an August primary:

Region of New York State Borough / County District

Long Island

Nassau Senate District 7
Anna Kaplan
New York City
Queens Senate District 15
Joseph Addabbo
Parts of Queens & Manhattan Senate District 59
Elizabeth Crowley
Brooklyn Senate District 21
No endorsement
Parts of Staten Island & Brooklyn Senate District 23
Jessica Scarcella-Spanton
Brooklyn Senate District 25
Jabari Brisport
Senate District 22
Andrew Gournades
Manhattan Senate District 27
Brian Kavanagh
Senate District 30
Cordell Cleare
Senate District 47
Brad Hoylman
Parts of Manhattan & Bronx Senate District 31
Robert Jackson
Bronx Senate District 33
Gustavo Rivera
NYC & Hudson Valley Parts of Bronx & Westchester Senate District 34
Wait until after the Primary
Upstate Saratoga & Part of Schenectady Senate District 44
James Tedisco
Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Part of Broome, Part of Chenango & Part of Ulster Senate District 51
Peter Oberacker
Cortland, Tompkins & Part of Broome Senate District 52
Wait until after the Primary

NYSUT endorsement updates

On Aug. 10, NYSUT issued endorsements for the upcoming Aug. 23 primary and in some instances for the Nov. 8 general election. See the endorsements »

On June 16, NYSUT endorsed Antonio Delgado for Lieutenant Governor and three additional state senators.

On April 27, NYSUT issued its second round of endorsements for the 2022 election cycle. These included NYSUT endorsements of State Senate and Assembly candidates, informed by our PAC’s recommendations and screenings, as well as NYSUT’s recommendations to our national affiliates, the AFT and NEA, on congressional endorsement recommendations. 

On January 21, NYSUT endorsed a statewide slate of candidates for election.

NYSUT’s endorsements are informed by our UFT PAC’s recommendations and screenings, as well as NYSUT’s recommendations to our national affiliates, the AFT and NEA, on congressional endorsement recommendations. 

The New York State AFL-CIO released their endorsement recommendations for Congressional and State Senate candidates on July 6.

Source URL: https://www.uft.org/get-involved/uft-political-action/political-endorsements