Reimbursement for primaries possible
Updated 10:17 p.m.
ALBANY Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk’s bill to reimburse local governments for the costs of a second primary election in New York passed the Senate Elections Committee on Monday.
The legislation introduced by Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, came after a measure was shot down in the state Senate to consolidate the state and federal primaries to save taxpayers money.
Tkaczyk’s bill seeks to reimburse local governments for the costs of the second primary election, which she said comes with a price tag of as much as $50 million every other year.
“This is common-sense legislation that would provide real mandate relief for our local governments and property tax relief for homeowners,” she said. “I am thankful that my colleagues in the Elections Committee supported the bill.”
The Elections Committee voted 8-1 Monday in favor of the bill. Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, cast the only no vote. She could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The bill is also sponsored by state Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Delmar, and has received support from the Montgomery County Legislature, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy and other local officials in the Capital Region.
After passing the Elections Committee, the measure is now up for a vote by the Senate Finance Committee. The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by members Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, and Phil Steck, D-Colonie.