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Welcome to the Citizens Union 2022 General Election Voters Directory! Read the full directory here (pdf).

This fall, New Yorkers will vote in the general election for New York State Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, State Legislature, as well as for federal and judicial positions. In addition, voters will vote on four ballot proposals. To help our supportive members prepare to vote, Citizens Union has been publishing an annual Voters Directory for over a century.

Citizens Union evaluated candidates in the gubernatorial race and three contested legislative races to determine who strongly supports our issues, can advance a reform agenda, and can best fulfill the obligations of the position. It also evaluated the four proposals to amend the New York State Constitution, and issued detailed recommendations for voters on how to vote. 

Our past preference and endorsement decisions are also available.

To find out when & where to vote and see who will be on your ballot, go to Who’sOnTheBallot.org.

Press release: Citizens Union Announces Endorsement of Kathy Hochul for New York State Governor 

Press release: Citizens Union Announces Endorsements of Three Candidates for State Senate and Assembly in Competitive General Election

POSITIONS ON NEW YORK CITY AND STATE BALLOT PROPOSALS

Proposal number 1: CLEAN WATER, CLEAN AIR, AND GREEN JOBS Environmental Bond Act of 2022– Citizens Union recommends a YES VOTE

Proposal number 2Add a Statement of Values to Guide Government – Citizens Union recommends a YES VOTE

Proposal number 3: Establish a Racial Equity Office, Plan, and Commission – Citizens Union recommends a YES VOTE

Proposal number 4Measure the True Cost of Living – Citizens Union recommends a YES VOTE

Click here for an explanation of Citizens Union’s positions on the ballot questions.

 

CANDIDATE EVALUATIONS

New York State Governor – Kathy Hochul (D, WFP) endorsed over Lee Zeldin (R, C)

Senate District 11 – Toby Ann Stavisky (D, WFP) endorsed over Stefano Forte (R, C)
Queens: Glen Oaks, Douglaston, Terrace Heights, Hollis, Hillside, Windsor Oak, Little Neck, Whitestone, College Point, Steinway, Rikers Island

Senate District 17Iwen Chu (D, WFP) endorsed over Vito LaBella (R, C)
Brooklyn: Bensonhurst, New Utrecht, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, and Greenwood heights.

Assembly District 46Mathylde Frontus (D, WFP) endorsed over Alec Brook-Krasny (R, C)
Brooklyn: Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Coney Island, and Brighton Beach

 

The following candidates were preferred by Citizens Union in the Primary and are on the ballot in the general election:

Bronx: Senate District 33 – Gustavo Rivera (D, WFP)    

Bronx: Senate District 34 – Nathalia Fernandez (D)

Brooklyn: Senate District 21 – Kevin Parker (D)  

Brooklyn: Senate District 26 – Andrew Gounardes (D, WFP)  

Manhattan: Senate District 27 – Brian Kavanagh (D)

Manhattan: Senate District 30 – Cordelle Cleare (D, WFP)  

Manhattan: Assembly District 65 – Grace Lee (D)            

Staten Island/Brooklyn: Senate District 23 – Jessica Scarcella-Spanton (D)  

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This Voters Directory would not be possible without the hard work of members of the Citizens Union Board, Local Candidates Committee (LCC), staff and interns. 30 volunteer LCC members and staff members formed nonpartisan interview teams and evaluated 6 candidates in 4 races. We thank them for contributing their time, energy, and expertise to interviewing and evaluating candidates, especially during this challenging moment. We thank you for your support, and hope you enjoy the latest edition of the Voters Directory.

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