New Yorkers headed to the polls to vote in the primaries on a Thursday, rather than a Tuesday, this year.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is facing his own primary challenge by "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon, ordered the change in day because the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks fell on a Tuesday this year.
Cuomo and Nixon traded barbs at a debate at Hofstra University in August.
Cuomo has proven that experience isn't enough “when you don't know how to govern,” Nixon said, kicking off 60 dizzying minutes of back-and-forth. Cuomo in turn chided Nixon, urging her to return to “real life,” and claiming to be the only one onstage who can stand up to President Donald Trump.
“We are the alternative state to Donald Trump,” Cuomo said. “We're not gonna let him bring his extreme Republican politics to New York.”
Cuomo also, in touting his opposition to the Republican president's immigration policies, twice referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials as a “bunch of thugs,” although he appeared to attempt a walk-back, by adding that Trump had “politicized” the agency.
Nixon maintained that Cuomo is a “corporate Democrat,” who has failed to push for single-payer health care, and has cozied up too closely to the Independent Democratic Conference — a group of eight Democratic state senators who caucus with Republicans — and thus doomed much progressive legislation.
Primaries are also being held for lieutenant governor and state attorney general, and in a handful of local races. (See box to the left.)