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State, Local Primaries Hit Lower Hudson Valley

Only a handful of candidates within Westchester, Rockland and Putnam will face same-party opposition Sept. 13.

Before lawmakers lose, win or keep their seats come November, candidates within the same party will battle it out at the polls for a chance to be their party's champion.

Primaries are slated for Thursday, Sept. 13, moved from the previous Tuesday as to not overlap with the Sept. 11 anniversary. Note: Patch's guide takes into account redrawn district boundaries.

Incumbent State Senator David Carlucci, a Democrat, and Republican Janis Castaldi are not facing any opposition within their parties for District 38. 

In the Distrist 97 State Assembly race, incumbent Democrat Ellen Jaffee and  will compete for the Independence Party nomination. Both are unopposed within their own parties.

Check below for a list of local races, and stay with Patch for results as the week progresses. (Certain congressional primary races took place in June; click and for results.)

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State Senate primaries

District 35 -- Incumbent Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins will face no opposition from within her own party.

District 37 -- Democrat George Latimer and Republican Bob Cohen will face no opposition from within their respective parties.

District 38 -- Incumbent Democrat David Carlucci and Republican Janis Castaldi will face no opposition from within their respective parties.

District 40 -- Incumbent Republican Greg Ball and Democrat Justin Wagner will face no opposition from within their respective parties.

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State assembly primaries

District 88 -- Incumbent Democrat Amy Paulin will face no opposition from within her own party.

District 89 -- Democrat J. Gary Pretlow will face no opposition from within his own party.

District 90 -- Incumbent Democrat Shelley B. Mayer will face no opposition from within her own party.

District 91 -- Democrat Steve Otis and Republican William J. Villanova will face no opposition from within their respective parties.  

District 92 -- Incumbent Democrat Thomas J. Abinati will face no oppositon from within his own party.

District 93 -- Incumbent Republican Robert Castelli and Democrat David Buchwald will face no opposition from within their respective parties. 

District 94 -- Democrat Andrew I. Falk will face no opposition from within his own party. Republicans Dario Gristina and Stephen Katz will battle for their party's nomination.

District 95 -- Incumbent Democrat Sandy Galef and Republican Kim Izzarelli will face no opposition from their respective parties.

District 96 -- Incumbent Democrat Kenneth Zebrowski will face no challengers. The petitions of  Republican Matthew Brennan and Matthew T. Katchmar of the Independence Party were ruled invalid.

Distrist 97 -- Incumbent Democrat Ellen Jaffee and will face no opposition from their respective parties. Both are jockeying for the Independence Party nomination. 

District 97 -- Incumbent Democrat Ellen Jaffee and Republican JosephGravagna will face no opposition from their respective parties. 

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Correction: an earlier version of this story stated Jaffee was also running on the Independence line. We regret the error.

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