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Cuomo extends primary petition deadline

An additional five days has been added to the period to gather signatures for designating petitions for the 2014 state and local primary elections.

The extension takes into account the time during which the Jewish festival of Shavuot is observed this year and helps ensure that all interested New Yorkers may participate equally in the state’s political process.

“Participation is integral to the success of our democracy, and this bill helps to ensure that New Yorkers who celebrate Shauvot are able to take part in this year’s primary elections,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.

Before signing the bill, Election Law Section 6-134 set June 3 as the first day to sign a petition for a candidate to participate in a primary election to be held in 2014; so the first day of signing a petition would fall during the two-day Jewish observance of the festival of Shavuot.

Extending the deadline by five days moves the first day to sign up to May 29, 42 days before the day to file candidate petitions to recognize the observance of Shavuot. The legislation will make changes to the calendars for all county and state political committees.